“Russian weapons, Moscow’s most advanced, are already in Hezbollah’s possession,” Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror said at the end of last week, while speaking to a group of new immigrants at a Midrasha Zionit event in Petah Tikva.

The revelations provided by Amidror have been difficult to extract from senior IDF officials and the wider security establishment. Those officials, particularly within the IDF, preferred to comment on such matters in generalities – for example, when asked if Hezbollah had sea-to-land missiles in their possession, the customary response was: “Our working assumption is that they do.”

Amidror also explained the route that the weapons took from Russia to Hezbollah. “Russia sold its advanced weapons to the Syrians and the Syrians transferred them to Hezbollah. The Russians know that’s what happens. […]