Gallant to defense officials: ‘Advance all response options’ to Lebanon rockets

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with senior military and defense officials at the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 6, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with senior military and defense officials at the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 6, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has instructed the defense establishment to “advance all response options” to rocket fire from Lebanon, ahead of presenting them to the high-level security cabinet later tonight, his office says in a statement.

Gallant held a meeting with senior military and defense officials following the rocket fire from Lebanon earlier today, which left two people wounded and caused damage.

“In the situation assessment, a multi-arena review was conducted on the rocket fire during the past day from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. In addition, an intelligence update was received on the latest developments in all arenas,” Gallant’s office says.

“At the end of the assessment of the situation, Gallant instructed the defense establishment to advance all response options, ahead of presenting them to the security cabinet,” the statement adds.

The meeting included IDF chief Herzi Halevi; Mossad chief David Barnea; Shin Bet head Ronen Bar; head of IDF operations, Oded Basiuk; Tal Kelman, the military official in charge of Iran affairs; the IDF’s liaison to the Palestinians, Ghassan Alian; and other officials.

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