“Future Lebanon conflict will be different from past ones”

“Barak” armored brigade commander says IDF (Zahal) is prepared for future battles in Lebanon

Date: 06/06/2012, 11:34 AM     Author: Iddan Sonsino

At a conference earlier this week about the 1982 Operation Peace for Galilee, also known as the First Lebanon War, past and present commanders from the “Barak” armored brigade spoke about the northern front.

“Beyond the recognition of heritage, the main reason we are holding this conference is to learn about the Lebanese front,” said Col. Shmulik Olensky, the commander of the “Barak” brigade.

“Today we are dealing with extensive preparations for fighting in Lebanon, and we have much to learn from the first war there.  The mountains, waterways, and forests remain the same. However, our Lebanon war is going to be different, different from the first and second. When we enter the villages they won’t throw rice at us as happened in 1982. There are no longer Christian villages in the south, all have become Hezbollah military compounds, found at every level and in every village. At the entry areas, there will be observation officers and anti-tank missiles. “

Summing up lessons learned from Operation Peace for Galilee, Col. Olensky said that the most important thing is for IDF (Zahal) forces to keep moving forward in battle, no matter what the circumstances.

“We will continue until we reach our destination, without stopping,” he said. “We have better weapons, and mainly better people, and we will reach the destination, no matter what.”

“A flare-up in Lebanon can occur at any time,” Col. Olensky said. “Therefore we are preparing as much as possible, with unique plans, improved models, and joint training.”