Netanyahu vows to strike the “enemies” and mobilizes on the borders of Lebanon and Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his government will act decisively in response to the barrage of rocket attacks that hit Israel today, Thursday.

In a speech after the security meeting of the cabinet, he added:

  • We will strike our enemies and they will pay a price for their aggression.
  • We call for a de-escalation of tensions and we will act resolutely against violent extremists.
  • We have no interest in changing the status quo of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Several days of fighting

  • Channel 14 Hebrew: The Israeli army decides to increase the deployment of the Iron Dome system near the Lebanese borders, and to enhance the deployment of ground forces, artillery and paratroopers.
  • Haaretz: The Gaza Division will reinforce the deployment of Iron Dome in the south
  • The Israeli Broadcasting Authority said that Israel is preparing for several days of fighting in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
  • The shelters opened are on the northern front: Metula, Kiryat Shmona, Western Galilee, Ras Naqura, Safed, Afula, Tiberias, Migdal HaEmek, Nahariya, Acre, Karmiel, Kiryat, Kiryat Shmuel, Kiryat Motzkin, Kiryat Haim, Kiryat Yam, and Haifa.

  • Opening of the southern front shelters: Beersheba, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yavneh, Rishon LeZion.
  • Ben Gurion Airport is under a state of emergency, and flight paths may be diverted in accordance with security developments.
  • The US Embassy in Jerusalem sends messages to American tourists in the Galilee, asking them to leave for safer areas.

Support from the opposition

  • Opposition leader Yair Lapid said that “the Israeli opposition will give the government full support for a harsh response to the rocket fire from Lebanon.”

A diplomatic prelude to military action

  • Media reports said that the Israeli Foreign Ministry had ordered its ambassadors to convey a message to host governments that Israel would respond to rocket fire from Lebanon.

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