Gallant meets US envoy on Lebanon crisis; report claims Hochstein conveys progress

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (R) and military officials meet with US envoy Amos Hochstein (L) in Tel Aviv, February 4, 2024. (Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (R) and military officials meet with US envoy Amos Hochstein (L) in Tel Aviv, February 4, 2024. (Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with US envoy Amos Hochstein in Tel Aviv. Hochstein is conducting shuttle diplomacy between Israel and Lebanon, in an effort to prevent an escalation of the conflict.

Gallant says Israel is “committed to our citizens. We are ready to resolve this crisis via diplomatic understandings. However we are also prepared for any other scenario.”

Israel’s leaders have repeatedly warned the Hezbollah terror group must be moved away from the border where it poses an immediate threat to Israeli communities. It has said it is prepared to take military measures to do so.

Channel 12 reports Hochstein has conveyed “signs” of a possible diplomatic solution, which will include Hezbollah indeed moving back. There is no official confirmation of this.

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