(translated from Greek)
Israel moves on to the biggest simulation of a lightning war centered on Cyprus - What forces is it moving?
War is coming to Lebanon
By Theofrastos Andreopoulos
For the first time, Israel is conducting such a large-scale simulation of lightning war outside Israeli territory. The big military mobilization will take place in Cyprus...
The purpose of the exercise is twofold: It is a preparation for a crisis with Turkey and the occupying forces, but also for the war that Israel seems to have decided to wage in Lebanon. (also Syria and Iran)
The fact that Cyprus was chosen, shows once again the size of the strategic alliance between Israel and the two Greek states of Greece and Cyprus.
The Israelis want to return to the Litani River
It will be the second round of clashes in 2006 with Shiite Hezbollah that ended without a substantial result on the battlefield but in a substantial political defeat of Israel that failed to achieve its objectives and withdrew behind the Litani River while being paid. a relatively heavy "blood tax".
The week-long exercise in Cyprus will aim to prepare Israeli forces for in-depth fighting in an unknown enemy area.
Cyprus, the perfect simulation of. Lebanon
The Lebanese territory is clearly "photographed" beyond the river Litani.
The simulation will be the largest exercise in IDF history ever conducted outside the Israeli border.
The exercise will take place as part of a monthly mobilization of Israeli forces for war on multiple fronts focusing on the northern theater of operations, namely Lebanon.
According to Israeli sources, Cyprus resembles the topography of Lebanon, while IDF has already exercised in the Megalonisos in the past for upcoming conflicts in Lebanon.
As part of the exercise, IDF will deploy numerous forces in Cyprus to simulate high-intensity military operations.
The Israeli Army will airlift its top units to Cyprus as well as large artillery forces from the permanent army as well as from the reserve.
The IDF will also carry military vehicles that will be used on the future battlefield.
The Israeli Air Force will also send fighter jets and attack helicopters to Cyprus.
The IDF intends to hit 3,000 Hezbollah targets with airstrikes and other attacks in one day.
At the same time, the Israeli Navy is mobilizing missiles and other naval forces to take part in the exercise.
All Israeli helicopters were used!
At the same time, IDF conducted a large helicopter exercise in northern Israel to prepare pilots for operations in Lebanon on mountainous terrain, the Air Force said.
Almost all flocks of helicopters participated in the training process led by the 190th flock of Apache helicopters.
During the exercise, the crews encountered various operational scenarios, such as rescue missions of downed pilots, medical evacuations and special operations.
In all of this, the Israeli Air Force was trained with the 188th Armored Division, which consists of the best available to the Israeli Army, ie Merkava IV tanks.
This Division is expected to play a key role in the impending conflict on the northern front.
Do not repeat the mistakes of 2006
Israel does not intend to repeat the mistakes of the 2006 conflict and will try to reach very deep, beyond the Litani River, pushing Hezbollah away from its borders.
Shiite Hezbollah is perhaps the only organization in the world that can fight both as a guerrilla corps and as a regular army, and no one knows its true arsenal in size or quality.
Israel is determined to end the Hezbollah threat on its own terms.
It is noted that the 2006 war began when Hezbollah invaded Israel's northern border.
Hezbollah has received unprecedented aid from Iran, and many have hailed the conflict as the first by proxy between IRAN and Israel.
Israel started the conflict with 10,000 troops but has used more than 30,000 in recent days.
The war then cost Israel 121 dead, 1244 wounded and 20 damaged tanks, which meant Hezbollah had procured very effective anti-tank weapons from Iranian supply channels.