PM Netanyahu “I have a message for the people of Lebanon. Hezbollah is putting your lives in danger. They are sacrificing your well-being to serve the aggressive purposes of Iran.”
Israeli PM Netanyahu recently made an unexpected trip to Brussels to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about ‘curbing Iranian aggression’ amid the increasing activity of Iran with missile development and arming the Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Reportedly, PM Netanyahu was informing Pompeo that Israel might be forced to take military action if Beirut does not clamp down on Hezbollah.
In a public statement before the closed-door talks, Netanyahu thanked Pompeo for the administration’s “strong” stance on Iran, and said he looked forward to discussing joint Israeli-US efforts to “curb Iran’s aggression in the region, in Syria, in Iraq, in Lebanon and elsewhere.”
Netanyahu’s Video Message
The current operation is “not an isolated operation, but a wide and ongoing one.”
“The aim of Hezbollah has been to dig tunnels into our territory. It is part of an effort with a breadth and depth that we have not seen before.”
“Capturing parts of the Galilee by Hezbollah is a concrete threat. It is also part of a regional and global terror effort led by Iran.”
“The operation will continue until the outcome is achieved, however long that may take
“I have a message for the people of Lebanon,” he added. “Hezbollah is putting your lives in danger. They are sacrificing your well-being to serve the aggressive purposes of Iran
“These cross-border terror tunnels were built by Hezbollah with direct support and funding from Iran. They were built with one purpose in mind – to attack and murder innocent Israeli men, women and children. This is a grave violation of Israel’s sovereignty and a gross violation of UN Security Council Resolution #1701. It is an unacceptable act of wanton aggression.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to Israel launching Operation Northern Shield:
“Israel has the absolute right and obligation to dismantle the terror infrastructure that Hezbollah has built in preparation for infiltrating its northern border and attacking its citizens, including the attack tunnels targeted this week by Operation Northern Shield. Hezbollah has built these attack tunnels from inside homes, where they also use Lebanese civilians as human shields for their rockets and missiles, of which there are roughly 150,000 pointed at Israeli civilians. I encourage Congress to pass and the president to sign my bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on Hezbollah and Hamas, along with their enablers, for using human shields. The fault for civilian casualties lies with those like Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies who use human shields, and those who are complicit in these practices must be held accountable.”