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Netanyahu Threatens "Strong Action" on Lebanese Front Amid Rising Tensions


Wed 05 Jun 2024 | 09:02 PM
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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the northern border with Lebanon on Wednesday, signaling Israel’s readiness for a robust response amid escalating hostilities with Hezbollah.

During his visit to Kiryat Shmona, a city near the Lebanese border, Netanyahu warned of increasing clashes between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah. The situation has intensified in recent days, raising concerns of a broader conflict.

"Anyone who thinks they can harm us and that we will sit idly by is making a grave mistake," Netanyahu declared, emphasizing Israel’s determination to defend its territory and citizens.

Netanyahu's discussions with the IDF’s 769th Brigade, responsible for defending the Israeli-Lebanese border, focused on ongoing operations against Hezbollah in northern Israel. The brigade has been at the forefront of the recent conflicts, which have seen significant escalations.

Earlier this week, large fires erupted in northern Israel, attributed to rocket and drone attacks launched by Hezbollah. These incidents underscore the volatile nature of the region and the potential for rapid escalation into broader military engagements.

The tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are deeply rooted, dating back to the latter’s formation in the early 1980s. Hezbollah, a Shia Islamist political and militant group based in Lebanon, was established in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Over the decades, numerous conflicts and skirmishes have occurred, most notably the 2006 Lebanon War, which caused significant casualties and destruction on both sides.

Netanyahu’s remarks highlight a critical juncture in Israeli-Lebanese relations. The Israeli government is wary of Hezbollah’s military capabilities, which have reportedly grown in sophistication and reach. The ongoing Syrian civil war has further complicated the situation, with Hezbollah gaining combat experience and advanced weaponry.