U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that Hezbollah has more missiles than most countries. Hezbollah has been restocking its arsenal of weapons and is believed to have obtained chemical and biological warheads.
The fact that Hezbollah manages to stockpile weapons in direct sight of the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) forces that are responsible for restricting the terrorist group’s ability to gather weapons is extremely troubling, and could have far reaching effects on future conflicts in the region.
At the end of the Second Lebanon War, Israel signed a ceasefire agreement with Hezbollah known as resolution 1701. The resolution was passed by the U.N. Security Council and was signed by Israel, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government. The resolution stipulated that Hezbollah would not rearm after the cessation of the war and would not deploy its forces south of the Litani River.
Hezbollah has consistently violated the agreement and has amassed a vast arsenal of weapons within civilian territory. The fact that this has been happening for years without anyone but Israel voicing concern shows how useless many of these U.N.-backed agreements are.
It is very likely that Israel will face Hezbollah on the battlefield sometime in the future. Israelis hope that any future war against the terror organization will serve a final and lethal blow to its capabilities.