Opposition chief says Netanyahu overplayed Lebanon border operation

Israel launches military operation to destroy 'cross-border terror tunnels'

Lebanon says Israel offered no proof of borde...

The statement reads, "The situation on the Lebanese side is calm and stable, and it is being scrutinized, despite the fact that Israel launched Northern Shield operation over the alleged Hezbollah's tunnels in southern Lebanon on Tuesday morning".

Israel announced on Tuesday that it had discovered Hezbollah tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them.

"We are denying our enemies the tunnels weapon in a systematic, determined manner and we will do whatever it takes", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting ambassadors at a briefing Thursday.

"The Lebanese government, under whose rule Hezbollah has built an underground city of tunnels and factories for precision-guided missiles against Israel, is hypocritically trying to condemn Israel, which is working to protect its [the Lebanese] civilians", said Danon in a statement on Friday.

The UN mission, known as UNIFIL, said its regular weekly meeting with the Lebanese and Israeli armies discussed Israel's "activities" searching for suspected tunnels. "Hezbollah and Hamas know this".

Netanyahu warned Hezbollah against attacking Israel.

The Trump administration disclosed that Iran is behind the construction of several underground tunnels leading into Israel that Hezbollah militants and other terror forces have been using to conduct attacks, according to multiple US officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon and communicated fears that Tehran is preparing to lead a "massive regional war". A United Nations peacekeeping force which monitors the border region said it had increased patrols but noted the area remained calm.

At the meeting, Del Col stressed the "importance of ensuring that UNIFIL has full access to all locations along the Blue Line", while also appealing for the support of the parties in reducing the "high level of rhetoric".

The IDF says it has been tracking Hezbollah's attack tunnels since 2014 and expects to find and destroy several more in a campaign that will last weeks to months.

He said that Israel's northern commander, Maj.

"We were debating when to uncover the tunnel", explained the senior officer. "We just don't see any daylight between the United States and European companies".

The Israeli Prime Minister also touched on the subject of an escalation as a result of "Operation Northern Shield", which his Lebanese counterpart Saad Hariri downplayed.

Meanwhile, John Bolton, the US National Security Advisor defended the Zionist regime movement against the Hezbollah cross-border tunnels.

If the Shiite terror group was indeed found to have dug the passage, it would likely constitute a violation of UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah and required all armed groups besides the Lebanese military to remain north of the country's Litani River.

"We realised we had to train people to excavate".

"Second point is that we have a flawless right of preemptive self-defense to survey and collect intelligence against those who openly declare their goal to destroy us, and we do so".

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