IAF commander in Lebanese report

Lebanese TV allowed onto IAF base to send Hezbollah a message

In rare use of public media, Israeli air force allow Lebanese television network to film inside base, interview IAF commander in bid to send Hezbollah a clear, direct threat

A Lebanese network was given rare and unprecedented access to an Israeli Air Force base as part of a larger attempt to send Hezbollah a message.



A reporter from Lebanon's LBC interviewed Ramat David Air Force Base commander, as well as Captain Avihai Aderi, head of Arab media at the IDF Spokesperson Unit.


LBC's report on IAF and Hezbollah threat    (youtube)

LBC's report on IAF and Hezbollah threat


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At the beginning of the report, the Lebanese network focused on attempted to reach an agreement regarding Syria: "While world power are at the Geneva II conference to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, head of the Ramat David Air Force Base sends a threatening message, warning against the continued transfer of strategic arms from Syria to Hezbollah, threatening that his army will work to prevent arms' transfer."


IAF commander in Lebanese report
IAF commander in Lebanese report

The air force unit commander – who like all IAF pilots and commanders must remain unnamed and masked – said in the rare interview that "We are closely following attempts to smuggle arms from Syria to Lebanon and attempting to prevent it from reaching Hezbollah."


He further noted that "Hezbollah has begun receiving the type of weapons that are superior to those of independent and neighboring countries and we must prepare for such a scenario."


Ramat David base in Lebanese report
Ramat David base in Lebanese report


Aderi, the Arab language IDF spokesperson, told LBX that "Hezbollah has turned 200 villages in southern Lebanon into munitions caches, using them to threaten the Israeli home front. The IDF cannot let Hezbollah to harm Israelis so easily."


Eventually, the message the IDF was panning on sending Hezbollah was made crystal clear: "The IDF understands that the arrival of such strategic arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon will be what sparks the next war."


Yoav Zitun contributed to this report




פרסום ראשון: 01.24.14, 00:44
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