Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz toured the IDF Northern Command and the Lebanese border yesterday (Tuesday), where they held an operational assessment and spoke with senior commanders.
"Israel is interested in Lebanon being a stable and prosperous neighbor that is neither a platform for Hezbollah terrorism nor an Iranian tool,” said PM Lapid during the tour. “The activity of Hezbollah endangers Lebanon, its citizens and their wellbeing.
“While we have no interest in escalation, Hezbollah's aggression is unacceptable and is liable to lead the entire region into an unnecessary escalation, just when there is a genuine opportunity for Lebanon to develop its energy resources.
“The State of Israel is taking action against all of Iran's proxies in the region and beyond, and will continue to do so. Iran is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world. We will act on our own and in tandem with other countries in the region to prevent Iran from undermining regional stability."
"Israel is ready to do much for its neighbors' prosperity and is prepared to take action at any time to protect its citizens,” added Defense Minister Gantz.
“We are prepared in all areas – land, sea, air and cyber. We see the crisis in Lebanon, which is hurting its citizens. Lebanon and its leaders know very well that if they choose the path of confrontation – they will be hurt and get burned severely. If they choose the path of stability – they will be helping the Lebanese people."