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Israel says Lebanon will pay in next Tel Aviv-Hezbollah war

Iran Press TV

Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:11PM GMT

Israel's armed forces chief of staff Benny Gantz has threatened that Tel Aviv will strike Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah resistance movement attacks Israel.

In a sharply worded warning to Hezbollah, Gantz said on Monday that Lebanon will also pay in the next Israel-Hezbollah conflict, Times of Israel reported.

"We will know how to act with Hezbollah and with Lebanon, including its infrastructure. Lebanon cannot claim sovereignty but not bear responsibility," Gantz told the audience of the Herzliya Conference, a local policy convention, adding that "If a conflagration erupts, I would rather be an Israeli citizen than a Lebanese."

He also warned that Israel may even "find itself in a war tomorrow."

Gantz warning came as some reports suggest that the Israeli military is gearing up to launch its third war against the Lebanese resistance movement.

Tel Aviv launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, were killed in the 33-Day War of 2006.

On both occasions, however, Hezbollah fighters defeated the Israeli forces and Tel Aviv was forced to retreat without achieving any of its objectives.

In August 2012, Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah has both the capability and the courage to defend Lebanon and that the movement's missiles are ready to strike back certain targets inside Israel in self-defense if Tel Aviv launches an attack on Lebanon.

"If we are forced to use them to protect our people and our country, we will not hesitate to do so... and that will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell," Nasrallah said, adding that Hezbollah has fixed its targets.

He also said that a possible future war would be extremely costly for Israel and incomparable with its 2006 war against Lebanon.

HM/JR/SL



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