In a televised address held at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he backs the military’s operation to destroy underground cross-border tunnels which he said were dug by Iran-backed Hezbollah militants from Lebanon. 

He said that he discussed with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  the issue of imposing new sanctions against Hezbollah.

Netanyahu added he was also going to hold talks on Hezbollah with other world leaders and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in the next few days.

This comes on the heals of yesterday’s the launch of Operation Northern Shield which began after the IDF discovered many Hezbollah tunnels, with one of them being dug from a private home in Kafr Kila in southern Lebanon.

According to Netanyahu, the decision to attack the tunnels was taken weeks ago and went into action on Tuesday morning.

Netanyahu stressed that Lebanon would be held responsible for “all terror activity, emanating from Lebanon against Israel, like any other nation.”

“Israel maintains the right to defend itself. We will continue to do all that is necessary to defend ourselves against Iran’s efforts to use Lebanon, Syria and Gaza as forward terror bases to attack Israel,” he added.

Meanwhile Lebanon is  using diplomatic channels trying to deescalate the situation, and mobilizing its armed forces in case of an emergency’