Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said that Hizbullah plans to continue attacks on Jewish targets abroad, the Israeli Jerusalem Post daily reported.
“Although recent attempted attacks have failed, Hizbullah is likely to continue the attempts,” the newspaper quoted him as saying on Monday.
Israeli deterrence is still strong in Lebanon, Barak told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, but stressed that Hizbullah is continuing to obtain many rockets of different kinds.
Barak held the Lebanese government responsible for any escalation with Hizbullah in light of the fact that the party is a significant player in Lebanese politics, the daily added.
Barak also said Iran will soon enter the “immunity zone,” making an attack difficult, pointing out that Iran funds, and in some cases initiates, terror attacks around the world, according to the paper.
While sanctions are important and harm the Iranian economy, they have yet to convince Tehran to change its nuclear program, he added.
“If Iran gains military nuclear capabilities, a conflict with them will be longer, more complicated and cost more in human life and resources,” Barak stated.
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