According to reports, due to Israeli countermeasures targeting weapons shipments from Iran to Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) instead decided to construct the factory in Lebanon itself.
Iran’s decision was reportedly reached in the hope that the IDF would take no action against the factory.
Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed that Israel “will not ignore the establishment of Iranian weapons factories in Lebanon”. However, he maintained that “The State of Israel has no interest in initiating a military move, not in the north and not in the south”.
Details emerged in recent days indicating that the construction of the factory was done in the orders of Iran, not Hezbollah.
Hezbollah is believed to have amounted a current arsenal of 130,000 rockets – ten times more than the amount it had during the 2006 war with Israel.
The rockets include hundreds of long-range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south.