The first Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to devastate Beirut and southern Lebanon if Hezbollah opens a second front in Israel’s war against Hamas.
“If Hezbollah decides to start an all-out war, then with his own hands will turn Beirut and southern Lebanon, which are not far from here, into Gaza and Khan YunisNetanyahu said.
Middle East war could become ‘regional conflict’, Hezbollah chief says
Netanyahu made this warning during a visit to the headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces’ northern command, which oversees units that have exchanged fire with Hezbollah along the Lebanese border in the weeks since Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7. He praised the “great spirit of battle readiness” of the reservists.
The warning referred to the widespread destruction that the Israeli army has unleashed in the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation for the attack by Hamas, classified as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union. Israel has now focused on southern Gaza and its troops have reportedly entered Khan Younis.
The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah
Hezbollah has expressed its solidarity with Hamas and, as the fighting in the Gaza Strip has intensified, the cross-border fire between Israel and Hezbollah has become an everyday occurrence. At the same time, Hezbollah has refrained from launching an outright military campaign, helping to allay fears that the Hamas conflict could spiral into a broader regional war.