Hanegbi describes Hezbollah tent along border with Israel as a ‘children’s game’

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

An aerial photo of Hezbollah tents in Israeli territory, June 2023. (Courtesy)
An aerial photo of Hezbollah tents in Israeli territory, June 2023. (Courtesy)

National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi describes the tent that Hezbollah has set up in Israeli territory north of the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon as a “children’s game.”

Speaking to the public broadcaster Kan, Hanegbi says the tent is only 27 meters inside Israeli territory. Nevertheless, it is a symptom of a change in the policy of self-restraint that the Lebanese terror group adopted following the 2006 war with Israel, he adds.

Israel has sought since early June to remove two tents placed by Hezbollah in the contested Mount Dov region, also known as the Shebaa Farms, but only one has so far been dismantled, and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to attack Israel if it tries to remove the other one.

At the cabinet meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the latest threats by Nasrallah saying, “It’s better for him not to put us to the test.”

Following the meeting, Netanyahu’s office released a statement saying the prime minister accepted the recommendations and courses of action proposed by the IDF and the defense establishment, which according to Kan include negotiations through a mediator to solve the land border dispute between Israel and Lebanon.

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