Israel’s opposition leader and member of the emergency government, Benny Gantzreiterated this Wednesday his warning against the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and assured that The Army will not hesitate to act if the situation on the northern border worsens.
Since the war between Israel and Hamas began, this pro-Iranian militia joined the offensives against the Jewish State as a sign of support for the Palestinian group. Tel Aviv repels dozens of missiles coming from Beirut every day and, in an attempt to avoid a regional escalation of the conflict, urged the Lebanese Executive to negotiate a diplomatic agreement that would end the hostilities. However, Israel has not received a positive response so far, so it remains alert on this front, prepared for any scenario.
“The hourglass for a diplomatic agreement is running out and all options are on the table to guarantee the security of the State of Israel and return residents of the north to their homes,” said Gantz and while the chief of the General Staff of Defense Forces (IDF), Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, noted that troops in the north are “at a very high level of readiness,” ready to intervene in “an offensive, if necessary.”
For his part, the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, has highlighted that the troops in northern Israel are “at a very high level of preparation.” “We have to be prepared for an offensive, if necessary”has added.
Even the Israeli Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, had threatened the leader of Hezbollah in the past, Hassan Nasrallahwith being the next objective in the war. “Nasrallah should understand that he is next in line. If he does not want to be, he should immediately implement the decision of the UN Security Council and keep Hezbollah away from northern Israel,” he maintained some time ago.
In his message, the official referred to resolution 1,701 of that organization, adopted in 2006, in which the members defined that the Lebanese Shiite group should withdraw from the border area, after the war between the parties that same year.
In that sense, in order to exhaust diplomatic channels, Tel Aviv organized a visit to this border region this Wednesday with ten ambassadors, in order to “pressure” the Beirut Executive to take action on the matter. “The tour is part of the policy and diplomatic activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to exert international pressure on the Lebanese Government (…) to avoid a war in Lebanon,” the ministry reported in a statement.
This is the largest escalation of tensions between Israel and Hezbollah since the 2006 fighting, which has forced the Defense Forces to mobilize more than 200,000 soldiers to the northern border and some 80,000 civilians to leave their homes for safety; Even so, offensives are still recorded daily.
Without going any further, on this day the militia launched 30 missiles against the city of Kiryat Shmona and four of them hit the civil structure while three were intercepted by the Iron Dome and the rest fell in open areas. For their part, Benjamin Netanyahu’s troops responded with a strong maneuver on “hot spots” and “additional areas in Lebanon,” as well as “military positions” and terrorist infrastructure.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)