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Netanyahu Warns Iran, Hezbollah of ‘Red Lines’ Ahead of War Games on Lebanon Border

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (2nd right) during a visit to the military's Northern Command in Safed, January 10, 2023. (Amod Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (2nd right) during a visit to the military’s Northern Command in Safed, January 10, 2023. (Amod Ben Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah of Israel’s “red lines” on the buildup of militant forces or weapons to its north, as the Israel Defense Forces prepared to hold an artillery drill on a contested hill on the border with Lebanon and Syria.

Netanyahu toured the military’s Northern Command headquarters in the city of Safed along with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant Tuesday, striking a defiant tone despite the relatively quiet period on the border.

“The main enemy we are facing is the terror regime in Iran and its satellites in Syria and Lebanon,” Netanyahu said in remarks provided by his office.

“We are determined to fight Iran’s attempts to develop a nuclear arsenal. We are determined to fight any attempt by Iran to entrench itself on our northern military frontier in Syria. We are determined to fight all attempts by Hezbollah to show aggression against us from Lebanon,” Netanyahu said.

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