The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has apparently delayed a ground operation into Gaza for a number of reasons including the belief that an Iranian-backed terrorist group might be planning a surprise attack the moment Israel deploys its forces.
This new information comes after more than 1,400 Israelis were killed in one of the largest terrorist attacks in history last weekend that was carried out by Palestinian terrorists in Hamas.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Israel Defense Forces sources told the newspaper that there is growing fear that the Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah was waiting for the IDF to get fully immersed in fighting inside Gaza before launching a full-scale war against Israel from the north.
Hezbollah has already launched small-scale attacks against Israel in recent days which have been easily defeated by Israeli forces. But the military sources warned this could be part of “an elaborate fake-out to lure the IDF into a false sense of security, similar to what Hamas pulled off in the south,” the report said.
Israeli officials hope to make sure they build up their military capabilities in the north and make sure that they are not missing any signals from their intelligence counterparts.
Officials from Israel also want to make sure that they have everything they need in place launching the ground offensive since the IDF has not conducted an operation like this in decades.
The Associated Press reported that Hezbollah has released snipers in recently to destroy Israeli surveillance cameras at Israeli army posts near the Israel-Lebanon border
The terrorist group is Israel’s top nearby threat and it wants to stop Israel’s ability to monitor its movements near the border
President Joe Biden deployed a second aircraft carrier to the region last week to come alongside the USS Ford strike carrier group that is already positioned there. The administration also sent fighter jets from the Air Force and a rapid response force of 2,000 Marines to the area.
A short while ago, the IAF struck terror targets and military infrastructure of the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon, in response to fire yesterday (Monday) towards Israel. pic.twitter.com/6AP56PSHld
— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) October 17, 2023