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Gantz warns Hezbollah attack on gas field may lead to war

Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a conference in Jerusalem, June 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a conference in Jerusalem, June 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel warns Lebanon’s Hezbollah that any attack on its gas assets could spark war, after the group threatened to “sever” Israel’s hands if it taps a disputed offshore field.

The warning from Defense Minister Benny Gantz comes amid lengthy negotiations between the eastern Mediterranean neighbors to settle a dispute over their maritime border.

Asked during an interview if any attack by Hezbollah against an Israeli gas field could lead to war, Gantz says: “Yes, that could trigger a reaction.

“Leading to several days of fighting and to a military campaign. We are strong and prepared for this scenario, but we don’t want it,” the minister tells the 103 FM radio station.

Gantz says extraction from the gas field will begin “when it is ready to produce,” reaffirming Israel’s claim to Karish.

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