Gallant: Haifa Could Be Hit Hard in Near Future Hezbollah War
On Tuesday, January 30, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that war with Hezbollah could be getting closer and that such a conflict could lead the terror group to seriously strike Haifa.
Hezbollah has 150,000 rockets and mortars and could fire potentially up to 8,000 rockets per day, several levels of magnitude greater than what Hamas was able to do other than for one day on October 7. Its rockets are also more precise, long-range, and destructive.
Combining those factors together, defense officials believe that even if Iron Dome maintained an 80-90% shoot-down rate, enough rockets would get through the missile shield to do major damage to Haifa and other cities.
Israeli defense officials still believe Israel would “win” such a war in the military sense, but they also believe that the early period would harm the home front far more than Hamas and that Hezbollah could manage rocket fire for longer than Hamas.
Meanwhile, a document warning of this extreme scenario in the north and recommending preparations for several days of electricity blackout circulated among Justice Ministry employees on Tuesday.
Further, the National Emergency Authority urged all government ministries to develop plans for a week-long blackout, anticipating a large-scale exercise said to occur in mid-February. Similar letters were also sent to directors of geriatric institutions. (JPost / VFI News)
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” - Proverbs 22:3