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Israel warns Lebanon will pay ‘heavy price’ for working with Hezbollah

Wednesday 12/June/2019 - 11:23 AM
Maj. Gen. Amir Baram
Maj. Gen. Amir Baram

The Times of Israel

The head of the IDF Northern Command on Tuesday threatened overt and covert action against the Hezbollah and its home country of Lebanon، in response to its efforts to build up infrastructure along the border، in the latest of increasingly bellicose statements by senior military officers against the Iran-backed Lebanese militia.

Maj. Gen. Amir Baram accused Hezbollah of violating United Nations resolution 1701، which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War، by “building infrastructure in the villages right here across [the border] and trying to threaten us with attack forces.”

The Northern Command chief said that in a future war against the group the country of Lebanon was likely to “pay a heavy price” for allowing Hezbollah to take root there.

“Hezbollah’s loyalty was and remains to the supreme leader of Iran، not to the citizens of Lebanon. As a direct result of this، the nation of Lebanon will pay a heavy price in the next campaign for cooperating with Shiite terror،” Baram said، referring to the sect of Islam practiced by Hezbollah and Iran.

Baram made his remarks at a memorial ceremony commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. His comments come days after the head of Military Intelligence boasted that Israel knew more about Hezbollah’s rocket program than its leader، Hassan Nasrallah، did.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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