Russia: Israel has Right to Confront Hezbollah

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Israel's prime minister on Thursday asked the global community to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and condemn the Lebanese militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.

Netanyahu launched the open-ended Israeli military operation, known as Operation Northern Shield, to destroy what he called "cross-border terror tunnels" that stretch from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

On Tuesday, the Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces Gadi Eizenkot called off his trip to Germany due to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's special meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels, the Zionist media reported.

A representative of the Lebanese army said on Wednesday during a trilateral meeting with the Israeli military and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that Israel must leave "occupied territories" in southern Lebanon, a statement of the Lebanese Armed Forces said.

"When it ends, the tunnel weapon Hezbollah invested in will no longer be effective".

U.N peacekeepers patrol the Lebanese side of the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Israeli officials are saying that the Hezbollah tunnels are wide enough to accommodate battalions, allowing terrorists from Hezbollah to "carry out killing sprees and kidnappings and to capture Israeli towns and villages".

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"I assess that we have a clear picture of all of the tunnels, but you can never be sure", he said. "What we are doing with Hamas and with Hezbollah as well - we're doing everything we need to do".

"That campaign is being accompanied by a number of extremely serious acts, of which the most recent is that Israel has breached the Lebanese communications grid by hacking into the telephone network and sending recorded messages to peaceable civilian inhabitants.warning them of imminent explosions to take place on Lebanese territory that might put their lives at risk", the Lebanese complaint argued.

Israel traditionally views Hezbollah's presence in Lebanon and Syria as a threat to its national security as the movement is backed by Iran, which is Israel's main rival in the region.

The Israeli operation is expected to last for weeks, or even months.

The Lebanese military has stated that it is prepared for any developments on the border with Israel, making efforts together with UNIFIL to maintain stability in the area.

"The governments who are still in the [nuclear deal], yes, we have a disagreement over the efficacy of the Iran nuclear deal and we think it's a deficient deal that needs to be replaced by a new and better deal", Hook said.

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