Netanyahu: We'll respond with 'crushing blows' to Hezbollah's 'nonsense'
The prime minister shoots a warning to the Iran-backed terror group after its leader Nasrallah did an extensive interview outlining the organization's plans for the next war with Israel, which includes attacking targets in the south and ammonia tanks in the north
Netanyahu made his comments at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in response to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s speech over the weekend, commemorating the Lebanese terror group’s “victory” in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, where he said the organization has the ability to hit “sensitive targets” in the southern and northern Israel.
“Over the weekend we heard Nasrallah’s remarks on his attack plans,” said the prime minister. “It should be clear that if Hezbollah dares to do some nonsense and attacks Israel, we will hit him and Lebanon with a crushing military blow.
“In contrast to Nasrallah, I do not intend to detail our plans. It is enough to recall that Nasrallah had – for years – dug terror tunnels, which we destroyed within days,” Netanyahu added.
In an interview with a Lebanese satellite television station Al-Manar, Nasrallah said he doesn’t foresee a war between the two sides soon because Israel is “deterred” by the terror group.
“In a next war with us, Israel will be fighting for its existence … and I will be praying in Jerusalem,” he said.
Nasrallah added that it doesn’t matter how many members of the terror group Israel assassinates, it will not inflict significant damage to them. “Hezbollah is an organization that doesn’t depend on anyone … There were those who died and those who left the organization, and it didn’t affect us.”
“There’s no need for us to harm soldiers. Instead of wasting missiles on the north, we will attack the south,” Nasrallah said. “We’ll bring Israel back to the Stone Age.
“Israel tried to get rid of the ammonia tanks in Haifa and did not succeed. We only need a couple of rockets to hit these tanks, and the number of fatalities will be very large, even Israelis themselves say that.”
The 58 year old finished the interview by addressing the residents of Israel directly, saying, “Everything I’ve presented is the minimum of our abilities. It's important to me that Israelis understand that.”