Hezbollah beats Israel in military scores

Sept. 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM
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JERUSALEM, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- An Israeli military assessment of Hezbollah's defense capabilities suggests the Shiite militant group may be the better force, Hezbollah noted.

Hezbollah on its al-Manar news station highlights an Israeli military report that states the militant group had better intelligence than Israel during the 34-day conflict in 2006.

"Hezbollah had better intelligence information than Israel and better control of its forces during the Second Lebanon War," the report said.

The report, written by Israeli Lt. Col. Robi Sandman in the latest issue of Ma'arahot, a monthly journal on military issues, asked Israeli officials to rank Israeli and Hezbollah military capabilities on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest score.

Hezbollah outscored the Israeli military on a range of assessments, including intelligence, training and tactical command.

The officers briefed for the report said Hezbollah had greater motivation to win a military engagement than did Israel, giving the Shiite group a score of 8 compared with Israel's score of 4, al-Manar boasted.

If another conflict should break out between Hezbollah and Israel, Sandman noted Israel may be unprepared for engagement.

"We need to recognize that the Israeli army with its current structure cannot provide a response to the unbelievably well-equipped force that is rising up to destroy the state of Israel," he wrote.

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