Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has issued a threat to Lebanon regarding potential future confrontations.
After being asked about the possibility of a future war between Lebanon and Israel during a press conference, Gantz said: “What we saw in Gaza will be ten times as high in Lebanon.”
“It will be a complicated war because Hezbollah is hiding 100,000 rockets, some of which are accurate and long-range, and all of this is among the civilian population,” he added.
Gantz went on to note that Israel has been gathering “great intelligence” since the 2006 July War and that Israel would have “a variety of plans and targets” in Lebanon in any future conflict.
“If we start working, the state of Lebanon will bear responsibility, and Hezbollah and its leaders will suffer great harm,” the Israeli official declared.
Gantz’s remarks come several days after he threatened that Lebanon would “tremble” if it went to war with Israel.
The Israeli military had recently emerged from a bloody conflict with Palestinian fighters.
The 2-week outbreak of violence involved repeated Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, resulting in numerous casualties.
On several occasions, the Israeli military also directed fire at the southern Lebanese border, from which rockets were fired toward Israeli settlements by unidentified individuals, heightening tensions in the sensitive region.