'Nasrallah Is a Target' in Next Israel-Hezbollah War, IDF Spokesperson Says

Israeli military is currently conducting psychological and media warfare against Hezbollah, spokesperson adds

File photo: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gestures during a rally in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 2013.
Hussein Malla/AP

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah would be a target for assassination in any war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Israeli military's chief spokesman said on Monday.

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Ronen Manelis also said that the IDF is conducting psychological and media warfare against Hezbollah.

Manelis made the remarks during a panel discussion at a conference for journalists in Eilat, in response to a question from another panelist about how the army handled media warfare against its enemies and how it tried to influence the enemy via both mainstream media and social media.

“One of the things we talk about is the transition from traditional media consumption to social media,” Manelis replied. “We are also active in this theater, and it is an operational theater in every respect. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve taken a great many actions that caused consternation on the other side. 

“There won’t be a clear victory picture in the text war, though it’s clear that Nasrallah is a target,” he added.

Though Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot has said the same thing in media interviews in the past, Manelis’ remarks could be seen as a provocation to Hezbollah in light of Israel’s current tensions with Syria and Lebanon.