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Woodward Book: US Feared «Israel» was Unable to Face Hezbollah

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The recently-published book entitled "Fear: Trump in the White House" confirmed that in February 2017, early in the Trump administration, top US officials were seriously worried that “Israel” could not “defend itself against a possible attack from Hezbollah, should one ever occur.”

Such an incident would have had "catastrophic" consequences, the book says.

The book, by journalist Bob Woodward, cites National Security Council staffer Derek Harvey giving a briefing at some point early in Trump's presidency. According to Harvey, Hezbollah had accumulated a whopping 150,000 rockets, a huge increase from the approximately 4,500 it had during the 2006 “Israeli” aggression.

The entire combined force of “Israel's” Iron Dome and David's Sling and Arrow systems would not have been able to deter a full-scale missile attack, Harvey reportedly insisted.

“'Israel's' systems of Iron Dome, David's Sling and Arrow missiles would be inadequate,” the famous writer said.

Further, Harvey reportedly cited "sensitive intelligence" claiming “Hezbollah had some 48,000 full-time military personnel in Lebanon, presenting an existential threat to the Jewish state and it was said to have some 8,000 troops in Syria and Yemen, not to mention regional "commando units.”

“A possible Iranian-'Israeli' confrontation could have sparked a "catastrophic war," as the United States would have been dragged into the conflict,” Woodward wrote.

He further highlighted: “When Trump adviser Jared Kushner allegedly agreed that Hezbollah should be addressed in a stronger way, Harvey told him that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps was "integrated into the Hezbollah structure," with Iran funneling roughly $1 billion into the organization each year.”

“The administration was divided on Harvey's report,” the book added. While National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo agreed strongly with Harvey, Secretary of War James Mattis, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster seemed to be less enthusiastic about it.

"Harvey felt the others did not appreciate the degree to which the fundamental balance of power had shifted," Woodward writes. "A full-scale assault could impact “[Israel's”] ability to actually fight."

The report appears to have marked the end for Harvey. According to the book, “Israeli” Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer reportedly wanted Harvey to travel to the apartheid entity to meet with the country's top military brass, but McMaster, Harvey's boss at the time, did not allow that to happen.

"McMaster said Harvey couldn't go, though he gave no reason," the book reads. However, Harvey did meet with 'Israeli' officials in July 2017, but no plan for facing Hezbollah was ever created.

“No formal agreement has ever been signed between the US and Israel regarding how to deal with Hezbollah,” the book pointed.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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