Hezbollah Moving Missile Arsenal Closer to Israel

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LEBANESE-ISRAELI BORDER -- Will Syrian President Bashar Assad survive the so-called "Arab Spring" movement?

That's the question on the minds of many people throughout much of the Middle East and some aren't waiting for the answer.

Experts say the Islamic terror group Hezbollah is moving its strategic weapons from Syria to Lebanon.

"Because they are fearful of what might happen to Assad, if President Bashar Assad falls, whose hands will everything fall into?" Jerusalem Post military reporter Yaakov Katz told CBN News.

"The instability in Syria could threaten or endanger the assets they've been holding there," he said. 

Katz said it could mean major weapons like Syrian scud missiles seen in satellite photos exclusive to CBN News, are closer to Israel.

"What exactly those assets are, Israeli intelligence officials are not revealing. But we have heard reports over the past couple of years about scud missiles, possibly scud D's," he explained.

"Those are the most advanced missiles that Syria had transferred to Hezbollah but had not been actually moved into Lebanese territory," he said.

In 2006, the Lebanese-Israeli border was the front lines of a 34-day war between Hezbollah and Israel. It was the longest war in Israel's history.

Five years later, Hezbollah is a much stronger and better-equipped enemy.

"Completely different. Hezbollah in 2006, almost five years ago exactly, had about 15,000 rockets that were capable maybe of hitting Tel Aviv and none did during the war in 2006," Katz said.

"Today, we're talking about four times that number, three-and-a-half times that number with the ability of striking anywhere inside Israel," he said.

Add to that thousands more Hezbollah soldiers, command centers, and other weapons throughout villages in south Lebanon.

"They are continuing to build up a serious military capability with no other purpose apparently except to one day attack the Jewish state," Katz said.

While Katz doubts that will happen soon, it is clear that war with Hezbollah seems to be just a matter of time.

*Original broadcast July 7, 2011. 

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