Presentation by IDF (Zahal) Military Intelligence Chief focuses on ISIS, Hezbollah, and the possibility of future conflict.

At the 2016 Herzliya Conference, Israel’s foremost global policy conference, IDF (Zahal) Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, the head of the IDF (Zahal) Intelligence Directorate, presented a strategic review and intelligence assessment of Israel’s place in a turbulent Middle East.

Ready for an interesting day of security and policy discussions at the Herzliya Conference. #HC16 pic.twitter.com/UsYqKPXfQD

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According to Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, there are fundamental changes between the conflict as it is today, and the conflict as it once was. In the past, Israel faced conflicts that were predicated on border disputes. Today, the conflict has transformed into one based on religion. It has become an ideological battle between radical Islam and western civilization.

Top army intel officer: Were moving from border conflict to relig war in MidEast.Radical Islam vs. Western civilization. #HC16 #Hamas #Isis

— IDF (Zahal) (@IDF (Zahal)Spokesperson) June 15, 2016

Hamas, the terror group controlling the Gaza Strip, is clear evidence of this fact. In the preamble of their infamous charter, they explicitly say that Islam will obliterate Israel, just as Islam has obliterated others before.

Radical Islamic incitement from the Imam’s across the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria have inspired countless attackers to take knives, guns, and other weapons to attack Israelis; soldier and civilian alike.

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ISIS too, has based their reign of terror on extreme interpretations of Islam. The Salafi Jihadist group follows the Islamic fundamentalist teachings of the Wahhabi Doctrine of Sunni Islam. They use their religion to justify countless beheadings, ethnic cleansing on a historic scale, and their destruction of cultural heritage sites.

Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi: Today, in wars against organizations, it’s far more complex. #HC16 #cyberwarfare #urbanwarfare #Hezbollah #Hamas

— IDF (Zahal) (@IDF (Zahal)Spokesperson) June 15, 2016

Maj. Gen. Halevi also addressed the challenge of asymmetric warfare. Israel’s enemies are not state – they are organizations and movements. “States are becoming weakened and organizations are becoming stronger,” he said.

Hezbollah, an internationally recognized terror organization has embedded themselves deep inside Lebanon. With the help of Iranian funding, they have amassed an arsenal of an estimated 100,000 rockets that can hit any part of Israel.

CONT: Iran is leading the way in cyber warfare and aiding Hezbollah in that front. #HC16 #cybersecurity #Israel pic.twitter.com/9kty5fvZSi

— IDF (Zahal) (@IDF (Zahal)Spokesperson) June 15, 2016

Cyber warfare has quickly become one of the most important aspects of modern combat. Experts estimate that 40% of any future war will take place in the cybersphere. Global players, both big and small have invested heavily in developing cyber capabilities.

Iran in particular has invested significant amounts of money to narrow the technological gap. In the past few years, they have successfully attacked western banks and infrastructure. And with Iranian support and funding – Hezbollah is building the same capabilities.

“The next conflict will look different than previous ones,” Maj. Gen. Halevi explained. “The role of intelligence is much more meaningful than it was in the past.”

CONT: We dont want to attack Lebanon. We have no such intention, but we are ready as any army should be. #HC16 #Israel #Hezbollah

— IDF (Zahal) (@IDF (Zahal)Spokesperson) June 15, 2016

The IDF (Zahal) has not sat idly by watching these developments. “If our enemies knew our abilities, knowledge, and readiness, they wouldn’t start anything,” Maj. Gen. Halevi said. “We are stronger than ever against our enemies.”