Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a strong warning to Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, urging them not to provoke a war with Israel unless they want to suffer the consequences. Netanyahu emphasized that if Hezbollah were to open an all-out war, the cities of Beirut and southern Lebanon would face a similar fate to that of Gaza.
The recent escalation in tensions between Israel and Hezbollah has been fueled by the latter’s continuous rocket attacks on northern Israel. These attacks began following a terrorist act by Hamas on October 7th. Unfortunately, the violence has already claimed the life of a 60-year-old Israeli man, who was killed when Hezbollah fired an anti-tank missile at his car in the small community of Mattat, just south of the Lebanon-Israel border.
In a gathering with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists stationed at an artillery battery in the Upper Galilee, close to the Lebanese border, Netanyahu conveyed a strong message to Hezbollah. He cautioned that if they opt to instigate a full-scale war, they would bear the responsibility for transforming Beirut and southern Lebanon into conflict-ridden areas, akin to the situations in Gaza and Khan Younis.
In response to the missile strike, Israel took immediate action by launching counterattacks on Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon. Netanyahu, who was visiting the IDF Northern Command headquarters, spoke of the significance of the Hanukkah holiday in times of combat. He highlighted that the lighting of the Hanukkah candles symbolizes hope and resilience, not only for the fallen soldiers and hostages but also for the wounded and civilians affected by the ongoing battles.
The situation between Israel and Hezbollah remains tense, with both sides closely monitoring each other’s actions. Netanyahu’s warning serves as a clear message that Israel will not hesitate to defend itself against any aggression, ensuring the safety and security of its citizens. The international community continues to observe the developments in the region, hoping for a peaceful resolution to prevent further escalation and loss of life.