The interim prime minister of Lebanon paid a visit to troops stationed close to Israel’s and the United Nations’ borders on Tuesday. in the midst of a third week of fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati is making his first trip to the sensitive southern province since border skirmishes started on October 7 in response to a surprise attack on Israel by the Palestinian organization Hamas.
Additionally, the incident happened two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Sunday visit to border troops. The powerful Hezbollah organization warned Israel about a ground entry into the blockaded Gaza Strip, and Mikati and other world governments have been frantically trying to stop the Hamas-Israel battle from spreading to Lebanon.
Sheikh Naim Kassem, the deputy head of Hezbollah, stated that the organization is at the “heart” of the conflict to “defend Gaza and confront the occupation.”
According to Kassem’s tweet, “its finger is on the trigger to whatever extent it deems necessary for the confrontation.”
Conflicts between Hezbollah and the Israeli military have so far mostly taken place in a few border towns. Journalists from Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television claimed that after a missile fired from Lebanon struck an Israeli military post, an Israeli helicopter attacked an empty position close to the border town of Houla.
The anti-missile attack, according to the Israeli military, hit a site in Manara without causing any deaths. They further stated that they had attacked some terrorists in Mount Dov, a disputed area known as Shebaa Farms.
While everything is going on, Walid Jumblatt, the senior Druze political figure in Lebanon, stated that he, Mikati, and Hezbollah supporter and parliament speaker Nabih Berri are all in agreement that the war shouldn’t continue to spread into the little Mediterranean nation.
Jumblatt said that he discussed the issue in calls with senior Hezbollah security personnel. After meeting with Druze religious leaders and priests in Beirut, Jumblatt stated, “But the matter is not up to Hezbollah alone. Israel could have hostile intentions.”
We should prepare for the worst. In 2006, a month-long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah resulted in a standoff. Israel considers Hezbollah, which is sponsored by Iran, to be its biggest threat and believes it has some 150,000 rockets and missiles pointed at it.
While in Israel, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated demands to stop the conflict from spreading to Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world and urged for a “decisive” political process with the Palestinians to achieve a lasting peace.
Macron stated that Paris had raised these concerns in direct contact with Hezbollah and warned Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed organizations against launching a new front in the existing conflict.
“To do so would be to open the door to a regional inferno from which everyone would come out the loser,” he declared.