In the next war between Israel and Hizballah, the Israeli military will unleash unprecedented destructive power against the terrorists' host nation of Lebanon, warned a top Israeli general.
In a weekend interview with Israel's Yediot Ahronoth, the head of Israel's Northern Command, Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, announced that his "Dahiyah Doctrine" for fighting Hizballah had gained official approval.
Dahiyah is a Beirut suburb that in recent years has become a Hizballah stronghold. Under Eisenkot's plan, in the event of war these civilian centers from where Hizballah operates will be viewed exclusively as military installations.
If and when the next conflict erupts, Israel will refrain from chasing mobile Hizballah missile teams around southern Lebanon, and will instead create deterrence by punishing Lebanon and the individual towns and villages that provide the terror group with its fighting force and cover.
"We will wield disproportionate power against every village from which shots are fired on Israel, and cause immense damage and destruction," said Eisenkot.
In a report authored for Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies, Col. Gabriel Siboni backed Eisenkot's plan, noting that "such a response is likely to be remembered by decision makers in Syria and Lebanon for many years, thus deepening deterrence."