Hezbollah reportedly received intelligence information indicating that the Israeli army was preparing for a war on two fronts
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to start an all-out war against the pro-Palestinian armed group Hezbollah in Lebanon, Lebanon's LBCI reported on Saturday.
Hezbollah fires rockets and mortar shells at Israeli positions amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This bombing led to the Israeli army launching retaliatory strikes.
According to LBCI, an intelligence report on Israel's plans was submitted to Hezbollah by an unnamed Arab country. The news agency said that the Israeli army's potential campaign would aim to force militants to adhere to UN Security Resolution 1701, which was adopted after the end of the previous Israeli-Lebanese war in 2006. The UN document facilitated the establishment of a demilitarized zone along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
The situation escalated further this month after an Israeli raid led to the killing of Hamas's deputy leader, Saleh Al-Arouri, in Beirut.
Last week, Israeli Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevy said that the possibility of conflict with Beirut exists “Much higher than in the past.” He added that the Israeli Defense Forces were in a state “Increase preparedness” For cross-border attack.
On the other hand, Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib said that the participation of other countries in the fighting between Israel and Hamas would be a painful blow. “unacceptable.” He also warned that there would be no war with Lebanon “picnic” For Israel. Likewise, Hezbollah MP Hassan Ezz El-Din said that the militants would do so “Respond with double force and strike the enemy.”
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to the Middle East to try to prevent an all-out war between Israel and Hezbollah.
According to the Washington Post, US officials are concerned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may want to attack Israel's northern neighbor amid growing criticism of his government's failure to prevent the Hamas incursion on October 7, which left about 1,200 people dead. The report also indicated that the Israeli army would find him “It's hard to succeed” In a war on two fronts against Hamas and Hezbollah.