Halevi says Israel has solutions for Hezbollah's threats


Israel’s military chief, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, has visited Israeli air defense soldiers near the border with Lebanon, saying Israel was aware of Hezbollah's capabilities demonstrated in a video released by the group and has solutions for such threats.

“We of course have infinitely greater capabilities," he said.

"I think the enemy is only familiar with a few of them and (we) will confront them at the right time,” Halevi added.

A nearly 10-minute-long video filmed by a Hezbollah surveillance drone and released Tuesday shows sensitive military and economic sites in northern Israel and its strategic city of Haifa — a city far from the Israel-Lebanon border.

In a speech on Wednesday, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his group has much more footage of Haifa and “what’s beyond Haifa.”

Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, and Israel have been trading near-daily fire since the Gaza war was triggered by the Palestinian militant group's October 7 attack on southern Israel.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned Hezbollah on Tuesday that it would be destroyed in the event of a "total war" between the two.

The clashes have killed at least 478 people in Lebanon, most of them fighters but also including 93 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israeli authorities say at least 15 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed in Israel's north.

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