The Israeli government continues its attempts to involve the Lebanese state in the military tension between Tell Aviv and Hezbollah، A tension that has witnessed a state of momentum in the recent days، amid the start of Operation Northern Shield، on the border between the two countries. This operation has so far resulted in the discovery of two tunnels، which Israel says that Hezbollah has recently dug.
On Saturday، the Israeli occupation forces fired warning shots at three unknown elements near the Israeli army's work area on the other side of the border، claiming that they were belonging to Hezbollah. However، Lebanese sources confirmed that the occupation forces fire targeted elements of the Lebanese army.
The Lebanon's state-run National News Agency said the Israeli soldiers، deployed near the Blue Line because of heavy fog، shot into the air when they saw a Lebanese army patrol.
But the Israeli escalation reached a new peak on Saturday evening amid the threats of former general Yoav Galant، who is currently the minister of construction and housing in the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu. in an interview with the Israeli Channel 10، the minister said:” if we have a war with Hezbollah، we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age،"
Galant، a political-security cabinet member، called Hezbollah's tunnels as a " ticking bomb"، pointing out that the destructions of the Lebanese organization tunnels aims to prevent a possible disaster، as the elements of this organization sought to exploit the tunnels to penetrate the Israeli settlements during any possible military confrontation، the minister claimed.
This is not the first time Israeli figures have threatened to return the Lebanese state to the "Stone Age". The tone reflects the nature of the Israeli military strategy، which resulted from the lessons of the 2006 war.
This strategy، which was publicly promoted three years ago، is based، in the Israeli media، on considering the army، the Lebanese government and Hezbollah as one entity، hence، Israel is promoting the idea that the state institutions and the army in Lebanon are among the targets that will receive military strikes، if a war broke out with Hezbollah، claiming that The two parties are responsible for not curbing the organization. Israel always vows to return Lebanon to what it calls the "Stone Age"، in spite of the international criticism it faces in this regard.
Noteworthy، The Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations، has submitted in recent days، two complaints against Israel in response to Operation North Shield and Israeli threats to launch operations inside Lebanese territory، as Beirut considered the Israeli activities as a violation to the Lebanese sovereignty and UN Security Council Resolution No 1701.
The Lebanese complaint also included charges against the Israeli occupation over launching a political and diplomatic campaign at the international level، to gain wide international support for the operations currently taking place on the border and to implicate the Lebanese state in the possible escalation between Tell Aviv and Hezbollah as Lebanon fears that this matter could be part of the preparation for the implementation of the Israeli strategy.