RNA - "Now, after the regional equations were changed by Iran, the Zionists are begging for their survival," Abu Sharif told reporters in the Northern city of Rasht on Tuesday.
He referred to Israel's failure during the 33-day war against Lebanon and against the Palestinians in Gaza, and said Iran blocked implementation of the Zionists' expansionist policies.
Abu Sharif underscored that final victory belongs to Iran and the resistance front, adding that the Zionists will be forced to flee the occupied territories and the al-Aqsa mosque eventually.
His remarks came as Israeli military announced that the regime has recently conducted war games using several divisions, including the infantry regiments, tanks and combat engineering units, in a move, which is apparently aimed at preparation for another war with the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah 12 years after the Israel's defeat in the 33-day military onslaught against Lebanon.
“There has been incredible progress in our abilities. If you look at 150 kilometers around us, you will not find a brigade or corps as strong as these in their capabilities,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli military’s Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot as claiming on Sunday.
He added that divisions such as the 7th Armored Brigade as well the Golani Brigade were joined together as a unified force to field-test a new fighting method as part of a major reform meant to streamline the regime’s military.
The newly-adopted method was put into test during a drill simulating war in the northern parts of the occupied Palestinian territories near the southern borders of Lebanon against the Hezbollah fighters.
Eisenkot further claimed that they tried out new tactics and technologies, including an anti-mortar laser and more accurate artillery, during the war games.
The military drills were conducted exactly 12 years after Israel and Hezbollah last fought a war where around 165 Israelis, including 119 troopers, and 1,200 Lebanese died during Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon, which lasted from July 12 to August 14, 2006.
Although Israel managed to occupy some parts of southern Lebanon during the aggression, but it was later faced with fierce resistance from Hezbollah fighters, who forced the occupying regime in Tel Aviv to withdraw its forces and give in to a humiliating defeat despite its earlier claims.
The defeat suffered by Israeli forces in the war with Lebanon, along with two similar defeats in its wars with the besieged Gaza Strip, have been seen by analysts to have effectively shattered the myth of invincibility of the Israeli army.
According to Fars News Agancy, UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. However, the Israeli military keeps mulling the launch of yet another war on Lebanon, disregarding the UN resolution.
Another top military officer, cited by the Israeli daily on Sunday, also said that a new potential war with Hezbollah would mean fighting the resistance fighters on four different levels: underground, on land, in the air and online.