In a speech at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the possibility of a future conflict along Israel’s northern border. Lieberman clarified that unlike the 2006 Lebanon War, there will be no “images of Beirut’s residents at the beach,” while people in Tel Aviv sit in shelters.
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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the possibility of escalation along Israel’s northern border on Wednesday. During his speech, Lieberman clarified the importance of a strong and quick military response in the event of a conflict in Lebanon.
“The goal is to end it as quickly and unequivocally as possible,” the defense minister explained in his speech at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies. He emphasized that to end the next conflict, ground forces may be deployed.
Lieberman explained that “all options are open,” but that Israel must prepare for a ground campaign. “There is no going forward and backward, we will go forward as quickly as possible,” the defense minister said. “Unlike the 2006 Lebanon War, there cannot be images of Beirut’s residents at the beach while [people] in Tel Aviv sit in shelters. If [people] in Israel sit in shelters during the next war, all of Beirut will be in shelters.”
As previously reported by JOL, Lieberman said on Monday that the threat from Iran is tangible as Tehran continues to increase its presence in Syria and Lebanon and support Hamas’ armed wing in Gaza. “The last thing I want is to have a third Lebanon war,” Lieberman clarified. “We know about the sites for building missiles…and we know who are the people involved in manufacturing these missiles.”