“The thinking in Israel about a pre-emptive attack appears to be changing,” a Western diplomat said. “It seems they’re taking this possibility seriously.”
Similar views were heard recently from other diplomats in Beirut, both resident and visiting.
In April, an analysis in the Jerusalem Post claimed that some Israeli officials were “openly speaking about a pre-emptive war under which Israel would strike first to significantly degrade Hezbollah’s capabilities before they could be used in a full-fledged conflict.”Sponsored Ads
There has been a notable increase in recent weeks of Israeli air strikes against suspected arms shipments, including advanced weapons, inside Syria bound for Hezbollah, underlining Israeli leaders’ view that stronger pre-emptive action is required.
“These weapons have promoted a distinct sense of alarm inside Israel’s Kirya, their Pentagon,” analyst Jonathan Schanzer of the Washington-based Foundation for Defence of Democracies observed on April 29.