Netanyahu to Alpinist Unit: Our goal in the north is simple – return the residents to their homes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with soldiers from the IDF's Alpinist Unit, February 22, 2024. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with soldiers from the IDF's Alpinist Unit, February 22, 2024. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with soldiers of the IDF’s Alpinist Unit and the 188th Armored Brigade on Mount Hermon earlier today, his office says in a statement, where he discussed the country’s goals in the north, where Hezbollah activities on the Lebanon border have caused tens of thousands to evacuate.

He received an overview of the operational activities that have been carried out on Israel’s northern border since the start of the war with Hamas in Gaza before speaking to the units’ soldiers and commanders about their work and the importance of removing the threat posed by Hezbollah.

Congratulating the soldiers on an “outstanding job since the beginning of the war,” Netanyahu said that Israel is engaged in battle “from Gaza and Rafah to the Hermon.”

“In the south, we have one simple goal – total victory,” his office quotes him as saying. “We are on the way to the elimination of Hamas and the release of our hostages. We will not rest until we achieve total victory.”

“In the north, we have a simple goal — to return the residents. To bring back the residents, we need to bring back the feeling of security, and to bring back the feeling of security, we need to bring back security, which we will do,” he continued.

He stressed that Israel is ready to restore security to the north through any means necessary, and if it cannot be done through diplomacy or politics, it will be done through the use of military force.

“In any case, Hezbollah should understand — we will restore security. I hope that they receive this message,” he added.

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