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    Israel is more prepared than ever for a new conflict with Hezbollah but does not want the war, Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, head of Israel Defense Force (IDF) intelligence said Wednesday.

    TEL-AVIV (Sputnik) – Israel is "more prepared than ever" for a new war with the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah but is not interested in the military conflict, Halevi said, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post daily newspaper.

    "The situation in the next conflict will be completely different. We are stronger than we have ever been and are able to deal with any threat," he said adding that in case of such a conflict Lebanon will become a "state of refugees," for which it will be very difficult to recover from the conflict.

    Halevi added that the possible war against Hezbollah would not be easy but its result is clear. From his point of view the movement’s leader Hassan Nasrallah would not engage in a new conflict if he knew Israeli capabilities and level of preparedness.

    "Never in history have we had an enemy that we know more about," Halevi said.

    Hezbollah, established in the 1980s, is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population. The group initially aimed to end Israel's occupation of Southern Lebanon. On May 25, 2000, Israel withdrew from Lebanon, which Hezbollah widely saw as its victory.

    In 2006, a 34-day military conflict started between Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the IDF. The conflict ended as a UN-brokered ceasefire took effect, and Israel lifted its naval blockade of Lebanon.


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