Despite the de-escalation of tensions on the border between Lebanon and occupied Palestine, panic still reigns among the ranks of the Israeli military, especially the army commanders, says Maariv.
The Israeli daily Maariv reported in its Tuesday 26 January edition that panic still reigns within the army due to a possible retaliatory attack by Hezbollah in response to the assassination of one of its fighters in Syria.
“The settling of scores has not yet been achieved,” Maariv added.
The settling of scores for a Hezbollah force killed in Syria has not yet taken place, and although tensions have eased in recent months on the northern border, the army believes that the situation could explode at any moment,” he added.
Maariv says: “Unpredictable tensions, which are supposed to turn into a confrontational scenario, could occur between Israel and Hezbollah, especially in Syria. “How were 93,000 bullets stolen from an Israeli military base in Tzeelim? And how have they not been found so far?
These are questions asked by the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, which recalled the theft of tens of thousands of cartridges almost a month ago, a problem that comes on top of several other crises in which the Israeli army is struggling on various levels.
“No one yet knows where the stolen bullets are. No one has been arrested yet and the Israeli army has not done anything against any military officials,” the daily says.
According to Yediot Aharonot, “a large part of these munitions have been sold to criminal gangs”.
The daily does not rule out that the thieves received help from inside the base.
Sources close to the investigation told the media that the thieves managed to overcome all the security circles at the base, drove a truck to the bunker, entered it and took out boxes containing tens of thousands of cartridges for semi-automatic rifles.
This is far from being the first theft of large quantities of ammunition or weapons from military bases. Many of them have never been recovered. The complex system of security and electronic protection of the weapons bunker at the Tzeelim base, in which tens of millions of shekels have been invested in recent years, has proven to be absolutely useless”. The thieves benefited from the help of soldiers or officials of the base. They had brought the necessary tools for the robbery, but they did not need them thanks to the internal help that made the transfer of the boxes very easy”.
The Tzeelim base is located southwest of Beer Sheva and is considered the main and largest training base for the land forces. Israeli army commanders acknowledge that the theft of weapons from military bases has become commonplace in recent years.
by Basit Abbasi – CCTV