The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are restructuring their defences along the Lebanese border after recent intelligence evaluations indicated that the militant Shia group Hizbullah is planning to send hundreds of well-armed fighters into northern Israel in any future conflict.

The central pillar of Hizbullah’s strategy still rests on firing large quantities of rockets and missiles into Israel. The group is believed by Israel to have more than 100,000 projectiles in its arsenal and is able to get new weapons custom-designed and mass-produced in arms factories in Syria or Iran, according to a senior Israeli intelligence officer.

However, having gained considerable experience in co-ordinating ground assaults during its intervention in Syria, Hizbullah has added offensive cross-border capabilities to its war plans, according to senior Israeli military officials. […]