IDF goes on high-alert after Israel’s Defense Minister orders his generals to prepare plans that ‘neutralize’ Lebanese infrastructure in a quick-response retaliatory strike should Hezbollah, now a major party in Lebanon’s government, fulfill its vow to attack Israel.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) on Thursday ordered the IDF to prepare a response targeting Lebanon, in case Hezbollah harms IDF soldiers or Israeli citizens, Israel Hayom reported.
According to the report, the IDF was ordered to destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure in the case of a Hezbollah attack on Israel.
A senior security source told Israel Hayom: “The instruction was given during internal discussions held by Gantz yesterday, in which IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and top iDF commanders participated.”
“In these discussions, Kochavi presented the IDF’s stance on the issue, according to which the responsibility for Hezbollah’s expected response and for its consequences should be placed not just on the organization, but also on the country of Lebanon and its government.”
“If the terror organization attempts to carry out an additional attack, we will see unusual actions on the part of the IDF, against [Hezbollah] and the country of Lebanon.”
Following Gantz’s order, the IDF has begun preparing its response, including preparing plans and appropriate operational orders. If Hezbollah carries out an attack, as it has promised to do, the IDF will act not just against Hezbollah’s terrorists and infrastructure, but also against Lebanon’s infrastructure.
“The coming days will be crucial,” a senior IDF official said. “The IDF is at its highest alert ahead of an attack and the response which will follow it.”
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