Why was Nasrallah let off the hook? The IDF exposed – but did not bomb – the Iranian precise missile plant in Lebanon

Who decided to let Hizballah get away with a rocket attack on the Israeli military on Sunday, Sept. 1? IDF retaliation was impressive. But the heavy smoke blanketing wide fields of south Lebanon concealed the fact that the IDF had shelled empty fields, well away from Hizballah bases or manpower. Similarly, when the military spokesman reported an Israeli air strike against the Hizballah rocket launch squad, no one was hurt.
The same policy appears to have been applied to the production in Lebanon of precision missiles, despite the dire threats of destruction coming from Israel’s leaders. On Tuesday night, Sept. 3, the IDF made a big show of discovering a secret Iranian-Hizballah factory upgrading surface rockets to precise missiles at Nebi Shait in the Lebanese Beqaa valley. While displaying a detailed diagram showing the inside workings of the factory, the IDF spokesman omitted to explain why it was still standing and not destroyed. And although the military spokesman could tell reporters that the valuable production equipment was being dismantled and transported to hidden storage sites, he left unanswered the question of why the trucks carrying the equipment were not bombed in transit.

These unanswered questions lead to the conclusion that Israel has desisted from offensive operations against Hizballah in Lebanon ever since its drone attack of Aug. 24 on the Dahya suburb of Beirut. Demonstrating the existence of a missile conversion factory in Lebanon to prove Hassan Nasrallah’s denials were false was no big deal. After all, he never took any prizes for telling the truth.

Could the IDF be pulling its punches to avoid an all-out war with casualties in the short time left before the Sept. 17 general election? Or do Israel’s government and military leaders trust that the information they release will scare the Lebanese people into leaning hard on Hizballah to shut down its missile upgrade project? That would be naïve; trusting ordinary people to rise up against brutal leaders has never worked in the Gaza Strip and is unlikely to work in Lebanon. And, moreover, that policy has the dangerous side-effect of leaving the initiative for violence in the hands of the enemy. Israel’s conduct this week has already given Hizballah valuable information: he understands that he can safely continue to upgrade his rocket arsenal.

The coming DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) issue out on Friday, Sept. 6, examines the dynamic of the state of play in the Iranian-Hizballah conflict with Israel including exclusive disclosures. To sign on for a subscription, click here.

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54 thoughts on “Why was Nasrallah let off the hook? The IDF exposed – but did not bomb – the Iranian precise missile plant in Lebanon

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 12:12 at 12:12
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    mossada söyleyin iranın dini lideri ali hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:23 at 13:23
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      iranın dini lideri ali hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın iran azeri türk türkmen yörük molla derviş rejimi yıkılsın

      • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:24 at 13:24
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        iranın dini lideri ali hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın iran azeri türk türkmen yörük molla derviş rejimi yıkılsın mossada söyleyin rica ediyorum hemen gerekeni yapsınlar

        • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:31 at 13:31
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          did you notice?
          the hezbollah flag has strange symbols in it.
          starting from left is a mouse shot dead in the heart
          then, even most strange, an erected male member
          i’m telling you these guys are really weird !

        • Sep 4, 2019 @ 18:20 at 18:20
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          JK, 56ukl, Bünyamin…The Old Persian-Turkish Empires Blame Game is on its own with any Mossod Removals!

        • Sep 4, 2019 @ 19:53 at 19:53
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          iranın dini lideri hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın iran azeri türk türkmen yörük molla derviş rejimini yıkın irandaki tüm etnik ırkları ayaklandırın mossada söyleyin

      • Sep 5, 2019 @ 8:03 at 8:03
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        For subscribers only,
        Next friday we reveal what Netantahu the susi told to his bugged teddy bear in his bathroom.
        Stay tuned to see a PM who handcuffs his army.

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 14:34 at 14:34
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      I think the Hezzies like the erected male member in their posteriors constantly.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 12:13 at 12:13
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    mossada söyleyin iranın dini lideri ali hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın ve iran türk azeri türkmen yörük derviş molla şii rejimi yıkın

    • Sep 5, 2019 @ 0:28 at 0:28
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      My guess is that the truck drivers taking the equipment away are Israeli. (-:
      If Israel needed to bomb them it would have. There will be something else. Maybe gauging movements and reactions to events in order to be ready for a short full-on war. Israel can aim to better six days this time.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:12 at 13:12
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    Why not bombed Sunday afternoon ?? Because of no casualties ?? What if the 5 soldiers were killed or wounded ?? Strange policy….. missed oppertunity to take out the missile plant(s).

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:29 at 16:29
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      there was no missile plant –its a graphic nonsense of i pad fighters , that Israeli Army was transformed to under its leaders. There is nothing to fight for , and if fight ever start , Israeli infrastructure including its oil and gas fields will go up in smoke . And who will win -Turkish military , that will sooner or later will find a way .
      Israel should not have attacked Lebanon , since it has no capacity to stop total distruction of both countries and its people . Conventional war Israel will loose in less than a day , and no one this time will move a finger to get them out of that situation. Peace needed , not war .

      • Sep 4, 2019 @ 17:27 at 17:27
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        Solomeo&TooWeak… Israel has Never Lost a Conventional War Ever & Warning for Iran & Hizballah, both need Cash?

      • Sep 5, 2019 @ 0:33 at 0:33
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        If the Turks even think about it they will be toast. The Turkish people are good. Voting in Erdogan has set Turkey on a dangerous course. Out of NATO soon and no chance of EU inclusion. Sad demise of a good country in the name of fundamentalism.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:14 at 13:14
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    Because if Israel attacks Lebanon, Israel will be destroyed. Israel has been warned, and Israel knows that the big stick is ready.

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 15:14 at 15:14
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      Keep dreaming buddy, if Lebanon thought they could destroy Israel, they would, period!

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 23:22 at 23:22
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      yes sir

    • Sep 5, 2019 @ 17:54 at 17:54
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      Israel could nuke Beirut..

    • Sep 8, 2019 @ 4:12 at 4:12
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      you have much to learn about the big stick. start with figuring out who holds it

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:25 at 13:25
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    iranın dini lideri ali hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın iran azeri türk türkmen yörük molla derviş rejimi yıkılsın mossada söyleyin rica ediyorum hemen gerekeni yapsınlar

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 13:51 at 13:51
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      When Sissi – Bibi is PM, Sissi – politics is the result !
      Bibi is a fearful man who cannot make up his mind !
      Bibi is a threat to Israel – Israel desperately needs brave men to lead the country – not someone like Bibi who is busy with personal stuff like law suits, elections etc.
      Vote Bibi out of office….

      • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:10 at 16:10
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        spot on friend ,,friends in s/Isreal tell me most wont vote for him again there

      • Sep 4, 2019 @ 17:24 at 17:24
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        Bibi-Threat… Good point, Elections have Consequences in The West, look at Bibi, Trump & Bojo you may be rightin 2019-2020? But Terrorists also have Half-Lives when Fighting Starts, just look what happen to Al Aqada, Brotherhood & ISIS under Bush & Obama! Iran’s Hizballah Day will come!

      • Sep 8, 2019 @ 21:00 at 21:00
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        I fully agree. Bibi, it is time to leave for Benny Gantz to take over.
        You compromise with Satan only at your own risk

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 14:28 at 14:28
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    Neither side really wants a conflict…what’s so hard to figure out?

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 14:46 at 14:46
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      Thank you, . . . hope it stays that way

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 15:23 at 15:23
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    Perhaps the location of the secret sites is of more value. The more information the IDF obtains, the better plans they can formulate. Rather than criticize, praise their patience while the plot unfolds. Peace.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 15:27 at 15:27
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    Israel and its politicians are all about narrative and image nowdays. Bibi needs extra votes so has to do something to stay in power.

    So he rolls the dice to help stay out of prison. G-d will judge both us and him for out foolishness if we all do not punish him on election day. May his worst fears be realized and new life be breathed into Israel.

    We should fight when we have no choice, using our military in an election stunt is to me a great scandal.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58
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    I am absolutely 100% sure that the Israelis are not in the mood for war or confrontation.
    As a consequence mister Nasrallah may roam freely on the streets and allow the people to cheer him up.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:36 at 16:36
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    Aladdin… & DEBKA are Correct these Attacks were “Chess Games” moves exposing Bases Precision Rockets before any Election. Pawns seldom Checkmate Kings in any Games. It takes Queens Orders from Castles Rooks with Religious Bishops & Knights to Change Kings & Shiia Regime’s own Pawns of Hizballah, Hamas, Houthis People foremost Not Election Bravado of Pawns Firsts Moves of Fists since that is Wishful Thinking?

    • Sep 8, 2019 @ 4:15 at 4:15
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      ginger why anon now

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:38 at 16:38
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    Meanwhile, Iran’s Shiia Regimes wants EU to provide $15 Billion to just Stay in Nuke Kooks Agreement for Oil Contracts, showing Cracks in Iran Spigots of Psychopaths to continue the March towards Middle East & Global Mutual Destruction Atomic Ashes. The Second Chess Match Game is still being Played as well.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:39 at 16:39
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    The issue is strategic. Among other things Israel is waiting until a maximum number of Syrian soldiers are engaged in the battle for Idlib before initiating hostilities with Gaza, Hezbollah and Syria.

    • Sep 4, 2019 @ 18:31 at 18:31
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      James… Correct, Mideast Dogs of War Barking just a Few Days from Elections also means they are just Hungry to Stay in Strategic Power!

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45
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    The World is still on the Path of “Atomic Ashes Abyss” as Global Western EU Powers Britain, France, America, Russia joined by Israel & India would surely Devastate Asia’s Pakistan, China, North Korea over Iran’s Caliphate of Mideast Fate for Shiia Societal Suicide?

    • Sep 5, 2019 @ 0:44 at 0:44
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      both are attainable….. theUS doesnt have to choose

      • Sep 5, 2019 @ 8:50 at 8:50
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        I am ben joseph..

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 16:54 at 16:54
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    şu iran şeytan cumhuriyetini yıkamadınız gitti. bunu da size zahmet 6 günde halledin. ordaki garibanlar kurtulsun. hegün kürtleri aileleri gözü önünde vinçlere asıyor.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 17:08 at 17:08
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    Your Prime Minister and Defense Minister (one and the Same) is more concerned about staying in power than doing what is strategically right. Another very good reason he must GO!

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 17:38 at 17:38
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    Once a staunch supporter of Netanyahu, even myself shall not vote for Likud, as long as it is led by this indecisive coward. True leaders, such as Ayelet Shaked and/or Israel Katz must be given the opportunity in a couple of weeks.

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 18:01 at 18:01
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    The article omitted another possible reason Israeli military did not bomb the precision factory: it might compromise its spying sources inside Hezbollah which provided the inside information about the factory.

    • Sep 8, 2019 @ 4:18 at 4:18
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      yea revealing they know about the site already compromised whatever source. bombing wouldn’t reveal it further…

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 20:00 at 20:00
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    iranın dini lideri hamaneyi öldürün iran halkını ayaklandırın iran azeri türk türkmen yörük molla derviş rejimini yıkın irandaki tüm etnik ırkları ayaklandırın mossada söyleyin

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 20:05 at 20:05
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    IDF may want to give impression the election has something to do with the way IDF acted. Likely a bigger game is sought going for the heart and not the limbs

    • Sep 5, 2019 @ 8:09 at 8:09
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      The answer is obvious; Saving the boot to crush the snake head

  • Sep 4, 2019 @ 21:55 at 21:55
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    Sitting in the bleachers trying to understand discussions in the dugouts is really an educated guess at best. Early on, understand one side outnumbers the other 100 to 1. Besides the disparity in numbers, the dominant side wants to destroy the outnumbered players. Only Divine intervention can save the outnumbered ones.

    The stronger side and their patrons- has the benefit of access to the Old Testament Scriptures giving fair warning to all comers intending harm to Israel. They persist, even ignoring many examples of unexplainable events in 1967 & 1973, when Israel prevailed against all odds. When it involves Israel, The Lord is the scorekeeper. Mssrs. Putin et al have placed their respective sovereign peoples in grave danger. Likewise, The Trump Family is tempting The Lord as they proceed with a “Deal Of The Century” and because this deal includes unauthorized tampering with Covenant Israel borders, America shall be among those broken on the Stumbling Block of Jerusalem.

  • Sep 5, 2019 @ 0:12 at 0:12
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    HEZBOLLAH clean up time is long overdue.it should have been done 5 years ago.every 8 years or so israel needs to put these creators back to their cells,also israel makes a practice with these goonies.Lebanese people would love it.hezbollah financial situation is poor,since not much coming from Iran,the only source of funds for hezbollah is drugs like HASH and HEROIN. I dont understand why turkish people like to see israel hit.Erdogan is making another mistake to get close to Russia,turkeys economy is going down with erdogan leadership.i feel a new coup d’éta will happen in turkey soon.

  • Sep 5, 2019 @ 3:29 at 3:29
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    God willing, things will improve and Iran will parachute flowers on you and children. Rothschild will go to jail. And everybody (inclyding the Jews( will be happy at last!….

    • Sep 5, 2019 @ 8:05 at 8:05
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      For subscribers only,
      Next friday we reveal what Netantahu the susi told to his bugged teddy bear in his bathroom.
      Stay tuned to see a PM who handcuffs his army.

  • Sep 5, 2019 @ 4:45 at 4:45
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    ISRELI CITIZENS KNOW WHAT TO DO ON SEP 17 KICK THAT USED GARBAGE BAG PM NATHAN Y A HO OUT

  • Sep 5, 2019 @ 8:07 at 8:07
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    For subscribers only,
    Next friday we reveal what Netantahu the sisi told to his bugged teddy bear in his bathroom.
    Stay tuned to see a PM who handcuffs his army.

  • Sep 8, 2019 @ 4:21 at 4:21
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    haha with nationwide EMP leading to famine blah blah blah trains would have saved us we have heard your fearmongering before TahoeDouche

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