Netanyahu warns Hezbollah as Halevi approves 'defense and attack plans'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday issued a warning to Hezbollah amid escalating tensions on the border, saying the Lebanese group is “playing with fire.”

“There are those who think they can expand their attacks against our troops and against civilians. This is playing with fire,” Netanyahu said, without explicitly mentioning Hezbollah. “Fire will be met with much stronger fire. They must not try us, because we have displayed only a little part of our power. We will harm those who harm us,” he added.

“We are going to win. There are no pauses. This isn’t an operation, this isn’t another round of fighting. We are going here for total victory … We will restore security in the north and in the south … Hamas will be eliminated,” Netanyahu went on to say.

Israeli army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi meanwhile held a situation assessment at the Northern Command together with the Northern Command Commander, in which he approved “defense and attack plans” for continuing the battle on Lebanon’s front and instructed that all forces maintain readiness, an army spokesman said.

"We are preparing strongly with action plans for the North. Our mission is to bring security. The security situation will not be abandoned in such a way that the residents of the north will not feel safe to return to their homes,” Halevi said, according to the spokesman.

Source: Naharnet

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