Gantz warns Hezbollah that recent Israeli strikes in Gaza ‘only the tip of the iceberg’

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz warns that Israel will use overwhelming force in any future war in Lebanon against the Hezbollah terror group.

The Israel Defense Forces’ recent strikes in Gaza against the Hamas terror group are “only the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the military’s capabilities, Gantz says.

“Whoever hides weapons in their house endangers their children,” the defense minister adds.

In an apparent message to Hamas, which is holding captive the remains of two soldiers and two live Israeli civilians in Gaza, Gantz adds that Israel will not pay the prices that it once did to retrieve its captive soldiers from terror groups.

Gantz makes his remarks at an event marking Israel’s recognition of its 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon as an official military campaign.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a ceremony marking Israel’s recognition of the18-year occupation of southern Lebanon as an official military campaign, June 7, 2021. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
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