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Israeli forces to shift toward Lebanese border – Netanyahu

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Explosion near the Israel – Lebanon border. Image – @chiIIum, X.

The prime minister has claimed the “intense phase” of fighting in Gaza is nearly over, clearing the way to confront Hezbollah.

Israeli troops are poised to shift toward the country’s border with Lebanon to confront Hezbollah as the fighting against Hamas in the Gaza Strip winds down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed.

Speaking on Sunday in his first Israeli television interview since the war with Hamas started last October, Netanyahu said major combat operations in the Palestinian enclave are nearly over. “It doesn’t mean that the war is about to end, but the war in its intense phase is about to end in Rafah,” he added. “This is true. We will continue mowing the grass all the time.”

With many of the troops in Gaza being freed up, the prime minister said, Israeli units will “face north.” The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will be redeployed to the border region, where exchanges of rocket fire with Hezbollah have intensified in recent weeks. Israeli residents of the region have been evacuated since the war with Hamas began over eight months ago.

“We will have the possibility to shift some of the power north, and we will do it – first of all, for protection purposes, and secondly, to bring our residents home,” Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 14 TV. “If we can, we will do this diplomatically. If not, we will do it another way, but we will bring all of them home.”

Rising tensions between West Jerusalem and Hezbollah have stoked US fears that Israel will trigger a wider war in the Middle East, dragging in American forces. Netanyahu dismissed such concerns, saying, “We can fight on several fronts, and we are prepared to do that.”

Israel drew international condemnation for its military offensive in Rafah, which imperiled civilians in a city where more than 1 million Palestinians had taken refuge after their neighborhoods in other parts of Gaza were bombarded. More than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed since the war began, according to Gaza health authorities. The latest conflict started when Hamas launched surprise attacks against southern Israeli villages, killing more than 1,100 people and taking hundreds of hostages back to Gaza.

Netanyahu suggested that he’s open to considering a ceasefire deal to secure the release of an estimated 116 Israeli hostages still in captivity. However, he insisted that West Jerusalem’s goal remains to destroy Hamas. The Iran-backed militant group has demanded a permanent ceasefire and a full withdrawal of Israeli troops as part of any deal to stop the fighting.

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  1. Many said years agio that after the US went into Iraq in 2003 it really got the wrong target: It should have gone into Iran and freed the Iranian people from the Mullahs.

    The US “deep state” freeing up sanctions on Iran under Biden and giving pallets of cash to Iran under Obama and denying help to the Iranian people after they asked leads to the obvious conclusion that the “deep state” likes forever wars. Forever wars generate lots of money for the Military-Industrial Complex and lead to endless suffering of people. The “deep state” also ensures that UNWRA continues teaching Palestinian children rabid hatred of Jews thereby ensuring that the cycle of violence is never broken since these hate indoctrinated children become the next Hamas in 10 years.

    The US “deep state” pushes for a cease fire with Hamas so that Hamas survives and there will be another war in the future.

    • Nobody needs ” help” from the US vulture.
      Only its parasite israHELL going to get AT LEAST a well deserved beating from Hezbollah. If not totally wiped out. Rejoice people of Gaza !!!

  2. Very early on after 7 October 2023, India offered to help Israel. Israel refused at the time. However, I think that in the situation now, getting India to help would be a good idea.

    India could field millions of soldiers, Hamas would be gone very quickly, and Hezbollah may soon be a memory.

    So that this does not drag out, I think Israel should seriously consider asking India to assist.

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7GAg8sWDpI

    Many more videos like this. They did not mention that Hamas are basically Muslim Brotherhood (like Mohammad Morsi) and that is why Egypt do not like them. Everywhere the Palestinians go there is chaos and death. If Islam is a “blunt sword” then the Muslim Brotherhood founded by Hasan al Bana in the 1920’s makes Islam a “sharp sword”.

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