In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 news channel, Gantz reportedly revealed this to NBC News. He stated that, should international action fail, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are prepared to conduct a military operation to drive the extremist group supported by Iran off the border with Lebanon.
“If the world does not act to stop the shooting into the northern settlements and to remove Hezbollah from the border, the IDF will do it,” Gantz said.
Gantz’s statement echoes the sentiments of other Israeli military leaders, who have expressed their frustration with the lack of international pressure on Hezbollah and its patron Iran.
Yesterday, IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari warned that Hezbollah is endangering the stability and security of the entire country of Lebanon, which is already suffering from a severe economic and political crisis.
“Hezbollah is threatening to drag Lebanon into a war that it does not want and does not deserve,” Hagari said.
Hezbollah, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and many other countries, has been launching sporadic rocket attacks on northern Israel in recent weeks, in response to Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria.
The group claims to be defending Lebanon’s sovereignty, but Israel accuses it of serving Iran’s interests and agenda in the region.
The last major conflict between Israel and Hezbollah was in 2006, when a month-long war killed more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
Since then, both sides have been building up their arsenals and preparing for another round of hostilities, which could have devastating consequences for the Middle East and beyond. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>