Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has been threatening to conquer territory inside Israel for the past two years. In a recent interview, he discusses his plans, including landings on the beaches of Chadera and Netanya.
According to intelligence from reliable sources, Hizbullah is building forces and acquiring weapons to threaten IDF forces at sea.
The IDF is preparing for scenarios involving frogmen, jet skis, speedboats, unmanned boats, booby-trapped boats, and even kamikaze UAVs.
Dr. Shimon Shapira, a former senior IDF intelligence officer and today a senior research fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, recalled this week the start of Hizbullah’s naval forces:
“Frogmen began training in Beirut Harbor under the supervision of Iranian officers, especially on how to attach mines to the naval ships that were enforcing a blockade on Lebanon. Later they went to Iran for exercises and to practice long-distance swimming and landing on Israeli beaches.”
In 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, Hizbullah fired a C-802 missile that struck the Hanit, killing four sailors and nearly sinking the Israeli ship.
In response, the Israel Navy has invested in advanced intelligence gathering and control measures.
Israel Intercepts 40 Diving Suits En Route to Gaza
Meanwhile, Israeli customs employees intercepted 40 diving suits at the Nitzana customs terminal on the border with Gaza early this month, authorities announced on Monday.
Security sources assessed that the package was part of Hamas’ attempts to build up its offensive naval strike force.