ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 145

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IDF intel chief: Nasrallah close to ‘mistake that could plunge region into big war’

IDF Military Intelligence Directorate chief Aharon Haliva, right, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, May 22, 2023. (Gilad Kavalerchik)
IDF Military Intelligence Directorate chief Aharon Haliva, right, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, May 22, 2023. (Gilad Kavalerchik)

The Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Directorate chief says that the head of the Hezbollah terror group is “close to making a mistake that could plunge the region into a big war.”

Speaking at at a conference hosted by the Institute for Policy and Strategy of Reichman University in Herzliya, Aharon Haliva says that “the chances of an escalation that could deteriorate into war is not low,” and that, as far as Hassan Nasrallah is concerned, the flareup of recent weeks on the Israel-Lebanon border may not be over.

The remarks come a day after Hezbollah invited media outlets to cover a major drill simulating war with the Jewish state.

In his remarks, Haliva says the way to deal with this threat is “measured, calculated appliance of force, while strengthening alliances in the region.”

Haliva also says Iran is “a real threat to Israel” and that “the confrontation has become direct.”

He estimates that Iran has not made a decision to make nuclear weapons, “but there is preparation for the day in which the supreme leader or his successor makes such a decision.”

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