As Israel continues building a barrier wall along the border with Lebanon, Hezbollah threatened to attack if Israel does not stop the construction. Jerusalem responded to the threats by stating that the IDF’s retaliation will be harsh if Hezbollah shoots.

Israel's border with Lebanon

Israel’s border with Lebanon Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90

Hezbollah sent a threat to Israel this week stating that if the Israeli Defense Ministry does not stop building the barrier wall along the Lebanese border, the terrorist organization will open fire towards Israel. The barrier wall aimed at preventing Hezbollah terrorists from infiltrating into Israeli territory has been under construction for several years. However, Hezbollah only recently expressed its outrage towards the obstacle.

The message exchange began when Hezbollah contacted the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in order to say that the terrorist organization will not accept the actions being taken over the border. Fearing potential military escalation, UNIFIL sent Hezbollah’s communication to the US and British embassies, who then relayed the message to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

In response, Jerusalem sent its own threatening message making it very clear that Israel is operating within its own sovereign territory in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution that was approved after the IDF completely withdrew from Lebanon in 2000. According to sources in Israel, Hezbollah will pay a “heavy price” if it attempts to escalate tensions in the area, towards which the the IDF will launch a severe retaliation.

As reported earlier on Monday by JOL, a Lebanese MP who belongs to Hezbollah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc has responded to IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis’ op-ed that slammed his organization and cautioned the Lebanese people about Hezbollah’s connection to Iran. Hajj Muhammad Ra’ad called Manelis and the IDF “cowards” and said that the article is nonsense. He also warned Israel not to act foolishly and engage in a war that may result poorly for it.