Nearly 3 000 people tragically died in the September 11, 2001 Jihadist terrorist attacks against the United States, to this day 20 years ago. It is however likely that an even greater number will die from Hezbollah missile attacks against Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities after Israel strategically degrades Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Hezbollah’s Jihadist terrorist threat to Tel Aviv’s many skyscrapers is a strategic menace that threatens to take thousands and even tens of thousands of innocent lives.
However, this Jihadist terrorist threat is only growing and if not strategically dealt with will only grow worse to the point where in the future Israel will not dare to once more strategically degrade Iran’s nuclear weapons program as the price will be too high in terms of lost Israeli civilian lives and destroyed Israeli civilian urban structures.
Hezbollah cannot be deterred as it is remotely commanded by the IRGC (Iran does not care about the consequences for Lebanon or killed Hezbollah terrorists) and Hezbollah’s strategic military current purpose vis-a-vis Israel is to deter Israel from strategically degrading Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Ultimately, if Hezbollah’s missile development proceeds, will Iran find itself in a strategic position where it will be effectively capable of destroying Israel with conventional weapons alone through Hezbollah’s missile barrage against Israeli cities in general and against Metropolitan Tel Aviv in particular, Israel’s economic capital. This of course is what the Khomeinist regime regularly threatens to do and this is what it intends to implement. The Hezbollah missile threat if left unchecked will indeed develop into a strategic threat against Israel’s very existence.
This growing strategic threat has to be undone and this requires a joint IDF-SDF liberation of Lebanon and Syria and subsequently new international treaty boundaries between Jerusalem, Beirut and Damascus. The recent Gaza war illustrated that the missile menace cannot be eradicated from the air when missiles are hidden underground and that months of occupation are necessary to destroy all missiles and tunnels. As in 1948 and 1967 does Israel face difficult choices, but ultimately is the choice to survive an easy one.