IDF denies political motive in timing of operation, says it was long-planned

The IDF rejects accusations voiced by the opposition that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using Operation Northern Shield to deflect attention from police recommendations this week to charge him of bribery in the Bezeq-Walla corruption probe.

An army spokesperson says in a briefing that the operation against Hezbollah attack tunnels was planned over a “very long period of time.”

“It is not something that can be done very easily and quickly,” the spokesperson says.

— Judah Ari Gross