Yisrael Beytenu party chief Avigdor Liberman urges stronger action against Hezbollah in Lebanon, warning that the Iran-backed terror militia is signaling its intention to expand hostilities against Israel.
Liberman, whose opposition party has so far eschewed Netanyahu’s emergency government, bashes assessments by Israeli analysts and officials that Hezbollah is currently engaging only in symbolic fighting in support of Hamas and its war against Israel.
“I really, really take exception to such statements,” the hawkish former defense minister says, adding his impression that a force that is methodically destroying Israeli observation points “has attack as its intention.”
“We can’t wake up one day to a heavy salvo of missiles flying toward Haifa and Tel Aviv” with Hezbollah’s forces on the border, Liberman adds.
“We can’t finish a war without tossing Hezbollah beyond the Litani [River],” he says, adding that “no one will return to those villages” near the border with Israel, now largely evacuated by the Lebanese.