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Escalating Tensions: Netanyahu’s Intentions for a Confrontation with Hezbollah Revealed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Stance on a Potential Conflict with Hezbollah
In a recent development, Israeli Prime Minister BEnjamin Netanyahu has signaled a readiness to initiate a comprehensive military engagement agianst the pro-Palestinian armed group Hezbollah in Lebanon, as reported by the Lebanese broadcaster LBCI on Saturday.

Unveiling Hezbollah's Provocations
Hezbollah has been actively launching rockets and mortar shells at Israeli positions since the onset of the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. The continuous attacks have, in turn, triggered retaliatory measures from the Israeli army.

Insights from an Intelligence REport
According to LBCI, an intelligence report outlining Israel's plans has been shared with Hezbollah by an undisclosed Arab nation. The potential campaign by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) aims to compel the militants to adhere to UN Security Resolution 1701. This resolution was adopted after the conclusion of the last Israel-Lebanon war in 2006, facilitating the establishment of a demilitarized zone along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Escalation Following a Targeted Strike
Tensions reached a new height earlier this month when an Israeli strike claimed the life of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut.

Israeli Chief of Staff's Warning
Israeli Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi emphasized last week that the likelihood of a conflict with Beirut is now "much higher than it was in the past." He highlighted that the IDF is on heightened alert for potential cross-border attacks.

Regional Responses
Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib expressed concern over the involvement of other countries in the Israel-Hamas conflict, deeming it "unacceptable." He cautioned that a war with Lebanon would not be "a picnic" for Israel. Hezbollah MP Hassan Ezzedine echoed this sentiment, stating that the militants would retaliate fiercely.

International Diplomacy to Prevent Conflict
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a diplomatic mission to the Middle East, aiming to avert a full-scale war between Israel and Hezbollah.

US Concerns and Israeli Prime Minister's Dilemma
In a report by the Washington Post, US officials voiced apprehension that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might consider an attack on Israel's northern neighbor amidst growing criticism of his government's handling of the October 7 Hamas incursion, resulting in approximately 1,200 casualties. The report also suggested that the IDF could face challenges in succeeding in a two-front war against both Hamas and Hezbollah.

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