Mossad, IDF disagree on Hezballah destruction to date


The heads of two Israeli intelligence agencies disagree over how much the Israel Defense Forces assault has damaged Hezbollah, although both agree that the group has been weakened.

The Mossad intelligence agency says Hezbollah will be able to continue fighting at the current level for a long time to come, Mossad head Meir Dagan said.

However, Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin disagrees, seeing Hezbollah as having been severely damaged.

The IDF believes that at least 200 Hezbollah operatives have been killed since the fighting began more than two weeks ago, a military source said Friday.

Both intelligence chiefs agree that Hezbollah remains capable of command and control and still holds long-range missiles in its arsenal, they said at a security cabinet meeting Thursday.

Clearly Hezballah has not been damaged enough, much less destroyed. At best Hezballah has been degraded and attrited. She shot over ten percent of her known missile arsenal last week. How much of that aresnal remains after Israeli bombing is uncertain, but assuming Israel's estimate of having destroyed half then, Hezballah still has another four weeks of rockets at current rates.


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