Gallant’s Warning to Hezbollah: Beware of Israel’s Potential Actions in Beirut

In a visit to the northern city of Metula on Sunday, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant warned that if Hezbollah escalates attacks on Israel, the IDF will increase its operations fivefold. Gallant assured reservists that the government will do everything possible to bring civilians back to their homes in northern border communities, and will not allow their displacement to continue. He stated that if Hezbollah wants to escalate the situation, Israel will respond by escalating five levels. Gallant also warned that Israel can apply the same tactics used against Hamas in Gaza to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The defense minister’s warnings come after an IDF reservist was killed and two others were wounded in clashes with Hezbollah on the northern border. It was also reported that Israel was close to reaching a diplomatic solution to move Hezbollah away from the northern border with Lebanon.