Liberman urges stronger response to Hezbollah, Houthis: ‘We can’t be a punching bag’

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

Yisrael Beytenu party head Avigdor Liberman of the opposition says the government needs to do more to respond to provocations from Iran-backed terror groups in Lebanon and Yemen.

“Everything that’s going on in the north is unacceptable,” says Liberman, adding that Israel must push Hezbollah back over the Lebanon’s Litani River, established by the UN as a southern border line for the terror group.

“The State of Israel can’t be a punching bag, and everything that is going on with the Houthis is insufferable. And the government of Israel has decided to ignore this event,” Liberman says, a day after the Yemeni group attempted to hijack another Israel-linked ship in the Red Sea.

Israel, the US and — according to reports — Saudi Arabia have shot down Houthi-launched missiles since the October 7 start of Israel’s war with fellow Iran-backed terror group, Hamas.

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