Hanegbi says Israel has ‘passed messages’ to Hezbollah warning it not to join war

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Israeli soldiers stand on a stationed tank near the border with Israel, in Lebanon, Oct. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Israeli soldiers stand on a stationed tank near the border with Israel, in Lebanon, Oct. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Responding to concerns that Hezbollah may open a northern front in Israel’s ongoing war, National Security Council chief Tzachi Hanegbi says Israel has “passed messages” to discourage the terror group from joining its fellow Iran-backed proxy Hamas in war against Israel.

“Our goal is to not to be pulled into a two-front war,” Hanegbi says.

“We think Hezbollah won’t invite the destruction of Lebanon, because it won’t be less than that if there’s a war there, because that’s what there will be” should Hezbollah open the northern front, Hanegbi says.

Hezbollah fighters have made incursions into Israeli territory and the terror organization has taken responsibility for shelling Israel’s north in the week since Hamas’s devastating terror attack.

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