Hagari: The North is Not Up for Negotiation

The Israeli army warned that a full-scale war with Hezbollah appears imminent, as the Lebanese terror group has escalated its attacks against Israel over the past week.

“Hezbollah’s increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation, one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region,” IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said, speaking in English for a message that was intended for an international audience. Hagari also said that Hezbollah is “jeopardizing the future of Lebanon so that it can be a shield for Hamas.”

International actors, including the Biden administration and French government, are pushing a diplomatic solution which would see Hezbollah retreat north of the Litani River and allow some 80,000 residents of northern Israel displaced by the Hezbollah attacks to return home. Regardless of whether a viable diplomatic solution is found, “one way or another we will ensure the safe and secure return of Israelis to their homes in northern Israel. That is not up for negotiation,” Hagari said.

Hagari says that the IDF will never allow another October 7 to happen again. Does that mean a war with Iran’s proxy Hezbollah is inevitable or can they dismantle it to the extent that it will no longer function? In the end, the problem always turns back to the main source of terrorist activity – Iran.

IDF: We’re ‘on the brink’ of major war with Hezbollah, by World Israel News Staff, June 17, 2024


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