IDF chief tours Lebanese border, says military preparing for an offensive

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi meets with officers and soldiers near the Lebanon border, May 1, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi meets with officers and soldiers near the Lebanon border, May 1, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi met with troops on the Lebanon border earlier today, the military says.

The IDF says Halevi held an assessment with the head of the Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, the commander of the 146th Division, Brig. Gen. Yisrael Shomer and other officers.

“The offensive operation in Gaza will continue with strength; its objectives are both to restore security to the communities near the Gaza Strip and to bring the hostages back home securely,” he says to reservists of the Eztioni Brigade.

“You are doing an excellent job of operational defense in the north, and we are preparing for an offensive in the north,” Halevi adds.

The visit comes amid repeated Hezbollah attacks on northern Israel amid the war in Gaza.

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