Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Monday that the next war is likely to feature attacks on Israel’s population centers and civilian infrastructure, which will necessitate massive Israeli counterattacks.
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“The next conflict, if it erupts, will be of a completely different nature,” Lieberman said at a ceremony honoring outstanding officers and NCOs. “Our enemies will try first of all to hit population centers and civilian infrastructure.
“Therefore, we won’t have the luxury of waging a long war – one step forward and one step back,” he continued. “Any conflict will have to be waged from the first moment with the highest possible profile, employing all the IDF’s strength. And if red lines are crossed, the other side should know in advance that he’s going to pay extremely heavy prices.
“And so will the sovereign, regardless of whether he controls the territory or not,” Lieberman added. ”The moment a hostile act is perpetrated from any territory, the sovereign will also bear full responsibility.”
Though Lieberman didn’t mention any specific country, the latter remarks were most likely aimed at Lebanon and intended as a warning that if Hezbollah attacked Israel, Israel’s counterattack wouldn’t spare the Lebanese government.
Lieberman also asserted that Israel is living “in a new Middle East, which is much worse than the old Middle East.”