A future round of Israeli warfare would entail its forces attacking geographically-separate areas and is intended to be of massive scale and lethality, a senior Israeli military official says.
The head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, Amos Yadlin, said on Tuesday, "The next round won’t be focused on one theater but rather, will incorporate two or three," Israeli website Ynetnews reported.
"One cannot predict the future according to what happened during Operation Cast Lead or the Second Lebanon War," he said, referring to Tel Aviv’s offensives on the Gaza Strip at the turn of 2009 and southern Lebanon in 2006.
The bombardments respectively left more than 1,400 Palestinians and about 1,200 Lebanese dead, most of them civilians.
"It will be much bigger, much wider in scope, and with many more casualties," added the former Israeli Air Force general.
Israel claimed existence in 1948, during full-scale military operations against the Arab world. In 1967, it went on to occupy and later annex more Palestinian territories in defiance of the international community’s refusal to recognize the act.
The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, fought off the Israeli troops in the Gaza War, launched under the pretext of responding to rocket attacks on Israel by the fighters. The home-made projectiles seldom leave any casualties or considerable damage to property.
The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, defeated the forces in the 33-Day War and Tel Aviv was compelled to withdraw without having achieved any of its objectives.
Hezbollah has vowed to respond with determination to any potential Israel-launched warfare. The movement has publicly announced that it has the capability to hit targets deep into Israel and to strike Israeli Navy vessels even before they reach the Lebanese waters.