Lebanon Will Pay ‘Heavy Price’ in New Hezbollah-Israel War, IDF Warns

israel and Hezbollah have not engaged in an outright military confrontation since the 34-day devastating war in the summer of 2006, but a fresh conflict is possible, with regional tensions running high.

Maj-Gen. Amir Baram, the head of the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) Northern Command, has warned that Lebanon would pay a heavy price in case of a new armed conflict between israel and Hezbollah.

“We will continue to act to thwart its [Hezbollah’s] efforts to threaten our security, covertly and overtly as required, and if war is imposed on us, we will exact a heavy price from this organisation and those who give it backing, wherever necessary,” the military commander said on Tuesday at a memorial dedicated to the 13th anniversary of the 2006 Lebanon War.

Amir Baram went on to say that Hezbollah remains loyal “to the supreme leader in Iran, not to the citizens of Lebanon”.

“As a direct result, the Lebanese state is liable to pay a heavy price for its cooperation with Shi’ite terrorism in the next campaign,” he was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post.

Baram also accused Hezbollah of violating the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia and political party.

He claimed that Hezbollah “continues to consolidate power in southern Lebanon” and is “building infrastructure of terrorism and rockets” near the border with Israel, in violation of the resolution.

Tel Aviv alleged last year that…

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