Israel army official warns of heightened conflict threat

An Israeli army watch tower and a tank are seen at the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip, on September 2, 2014A senior Israeli military intelligence official warned Wednesday of a heightened threat of conflict on Israel's borders in the next two years as a result of "escalation" in the region. In a briefing to foreign journalists at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv, the official also said Israel would likely "have to" target civilian areas in Lebanon in a future confrontation with Hezbollah, given its distribution of weapons sites. The official's warning came after a Hezbollah attack killed two Israeli soldiers in January, raising fears of another all-out war, and as Israel continues to rail against a full nuclear deal between world powers and arch-foe Iran. "If we speak about a war that one country or one organisation will all of a sudden start against Israel, the probability is even lower than it was two or three years ago," said the official, who requested that his name not be used.


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