Exactly four months have passed since the war broke out in Lebanon and estimates show that Hizbullah is stronger than before the confrontation with Israel. Such was reported Sunday in the London-based Sunday Times in an article that quoted senior officials in Israel's intelligence community.
The intelligence evaluation confirms Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah's declarations that he has more rockets at his disposal now than before the war.
"Since the ceasefire, additional rockets, weapons and military equipment have reached Hizbullah. We assume they now have about 20,000 rockets of all ranges — a bit more than they had before July 12,” said an Israeli intelligence officer to the Sunday Times.
About two weeks ago, the Lebanese government had cautioned
that weapons smuggling from Syria to Lebanon continues even though UN Resolution 1701 placed an embargo on transferring weapons. This was noted by UN envoy to the Middle East Terje Roed-Larsen.
Larsen added that the Lebanese have said publicly as well as in talks with theUN that there weapons are being smuggled on the Lebanese-Syrian border. He noted that Syria's stance is that it is likely that weapons are being smuggled, but that the border is too difficult to monitor. Larsen has reported this information to the UN.
In an interview with Hizbullah television channel al-Manar about two weeks ago, Nasrallah said
that it has been proven that the resistance can defeat Israel.
"The strategy of the resistance is a correct strategy. The resistance could stand up against the strongest army in the Middle East.
"The reason the US stopped the war was out of concern that Israel would collapse. I am not saying that we didn't want the war to stop – we wanted the war to stop at every moment. However, the truth is that the Israeli army couldn't continue the war out of concern for more difficult results for the Zionist entity's army," Nasrallah concluded.
In the same interview, Nasrallah claimed that his organization has more than 30,000 rockets that could serve Hizbullah for five months of fighting.