The Pentagon has said Washington has provided Lebanon with more than $1.5 billion in military assistance since 2006, and USA special forces have been providing "training and support" for the Lebanese army since 2011, according to Reuters.
"We are trying our best to prevent the next war", claimed the extreme right-wing minister, "but in this "new" Middle East, it is no longer predicted that war is unlikely, like in the past". "It's our basic assumption and it is what our military is preparing for". "We are preparing the army for that", said Liberman, addressing the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv during an event for soldiers to mark the ongoing Sukkot festival. Likewise in the Lebanese sector we are no longer talking about Hezbollah alone. "The Lebanese army has become an integral part of the Hezbollah apparatus under its command".
"In any development, there will be only one front", Liberman reiterated, "Syria and Lebanon together, Hezbollah, the Assad regime, and all the Assad regime's collaborators". Lieberman said that regardless of where the next war with Israel begins, it will spread to other fronts.
The minister concluded that Israel must prepare for any potential scenario, as the new reality holds challenges for everyone.
"The reality is fragile; it [a war] could happen in an instant, from one day to the next", he added.
"It's all based on the fact that we have to prepare for a serious battle, and there is no battle without tremendous firepower", the defense minister said.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a deadly 33-day war in 2006, which came to an end under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the disarmament of Hezbollah, the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Lebanon, the deployment of the Lebanese army and an enlarged UN force in the south.
The Lebanese army has previously said it operates independently from Hizbollah, most recently during an operation against the Daesh terror group militants at the Lebanese-Syrian border, during which the army said there was absolutely no coordination with Hizbollah fighters who attacked Daesh from the Syrian side. Hezbollah has been fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime as it tries to suppress a six-year long insurgency.
It describes his unit as the ESO as "the Hezbollah element responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of terrorist attacks outside of Lebanon".
While welcoming U.S. action against Daesh, Israel sees Iran, Hizbollah and their allies as the greater threat and worries about their entrenchment in Syria as they help President Bashar Assad beat back a more than six-year-old rebellion.