In the year 2000, the Lebanese resistance group- Hezbollah- declared victory against the Israeli occupation forces which withdrew in defeat from most parts of South Lebanon. Six years later, a second war marked another Israeli disgrace against all odds. Almost 10 years later, the Israeli military strength-- ranked 11th in the world and the 1st in the Middle East—still trembles at the mention of the name Hezbollah; a group which is relatively small in military scale but large in its faith and capabilities. Race to ArmsIsraeli media have expressed fears among the Israelis about an imminent war with Hezbollah, that they predict will witness the resistance group’s extensive use of its weapons cache. The Hebrew “Walla!” site has described a current race to arms between the Israeli regime and Hezbollah as high - tech with the resistance supplying itself with state - of - the - art missiles. “Such capabilities pose a real threat to the …Israeli air force, specifically on military bases and airports, ’ the site reported. The Israeli air force has been working to improve military equipment, particularly its fighter jets, in a bid to counter Hezbollah’s missile armament which is estimated at 130,000, including long - range and short - range missiles. As part of efforts to prepare for a future conflict, the Israeli and US air force are negotiating the purchase of American - made F - 35 B STOVL, which is capable of taking off and landing on a 500 meter runway. This race to arms, shows two things: one, is that Hezbollah’s military reserve is increasing instead of decreasing; two, is that Tel Aviv is aware of the group’s potential escalation of the confrontational standards in any upcoming war. In short, the Israelis are asking themselves this question: If we weren’t able to defeat Hezbollah then, how will we be able to defeat it now?The Syria PuzzleHezbollah’s involvement in Syria has puzzled the world, but mostly Tel Aviv, which was counting on the war to weaken the group’s military capabilities. What was supposed to distract Hezbollah from its front in South Lebanon, that is a new front to the east of the country against terrorist groups, has instead done little to ease the worries of decision - makers in Tel Aviv, let alone settlers living in the northern occupied territories. A state of alarm is still present among the Israelis whose presence on occupied territories has always been threatened by Hezbollah’s persistence and ultimate aim to annihilate the Israeli regime. First, previous experiences have shown Israelis, both officials and settlers, that the Israeli Occupation Forces(IOF) are incapable of defeating Hezbollah. Second, despite the Syria conundrum, which has been using up much of Hezbollah’s military resources, the group is keeping a watchful eye on its southern border and has not turned its back on it, not even for a second. Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary - General, has repeatedly assured that defeating the Israeli enemy remains on top of the group’s priorities, much to the bewilderment of those whose plans were supposed to produce different results.Beneath the SurfaceUnderground tunnels are also a source of concern for the Israelis. The Israeli news site has, additionally, quoted settlers who live near the border with Lebanon who said that Hezbollah is continuously evolving its positions and infrastructure along the border. One of the interviewees said: “Hezbollah is taking advantage of the UN turning a blind eye as it is digging tunnels that link houses to each other. ” But these fears aren’t completely baseless, in spite of official attempts to calm the worried settlers and avoid a state of panic. Beneath the surface of the conflict in Syria, Hezbollah remains set and ready to confront the Israeli enemy and refute claims that the resistance has been debilitated by its battle against the other face of terrorism. Past experiences with present facts are sufficient to predict the future of a possible confrontation between the two. The Israelis’ worry alone is an indicator of what might happen in the event of a Third Lebanon War with many, including the Zionists themselves, predicting an unprecedented defeat in the history of the occupation.This article originally appeared on Alwaght. com