Will there be a war between Israel and Hezbollah now? PM Netanyahu made a big statement on Gaza

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Israel says it has also shown Hezbollah only a small part of its full capabilities, and that if war breaks out, Lebanon will be turned into another Gaza. The Israeli military said last week that it had approved a new plan to attack Lebanon.

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the battle against Hamas in Rafah is in its final stages. Due to which Israel has now started preparing to send more troops to the northern border to face the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.

Netanyahu's statement comes at a time when tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are rising and they seem to be getting closer to war. Netanyahu also indicated that there is no end in sight to the fierce war in Gaza.

Preparing to fight Hezbollah

The Israeli leader said that although the army is close to completing its current ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, it would not mean the war against Hamas is over. But he said fewer troops would be needed in Gaza, freeing up the army to fight Hezbollah.

PM Netanyahu said that this will give us the possibility to send some of our forces northwards, and we will do so. He said that for us the first and foremost is the defense of the country but at the same time thousands of displaced Israelis also have to return home.

The fear of war increased

Iran-backed Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after Hamas's October 7 cross-border attack, triggering the Gaza war. Israel and Hezbollah have been exchanging fire almost every day since then, but fighting has escalated in recent weeks, raising fears of a full-blown war.

Hezbollah is much stronger than Hamas, and opening a new front would increase the risk of a larger, region-wide war including with Iran, causing heavy damage and massive casualties on both sides of the border.

Diplomatic solution to the crisis

White House envoy Amos Hochstein was meeting with Israeli and Lebanese officials last week in an effort to ease tensions in the region. Netanyahu said he hoped a diplomatic solution to the crisis could be found but vowed to solve the problem differently if necessary. He said, 'We can fight on many fronts and we are prepared to do so.

He said that the agreement will not be just on paper. This will require keeping Hezbollah away from the border, and the return of Israelis to their homes. Thousands of people were evacuated immediately after the fighting began and they could not go home.

Ceasefire in Gaza

Hezbollah has said it will continue to fight Israel until a ceasefire is reached in Gaza. The group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, warned Israel last week against starting a war, saying Hezbollah has new weapons and intelligence capabilities that could help it target more important locations inside Israel.

Israel says it has also shown Hezbollah only a small part of its full capabilities, and that if war breaks out, Lebanon will be turned into another Gaza. Israel's military said last week that it had approved a new plan to attack Lebanon.

Hamas suffers heavy losses in Rafah

Netanyahu said that Israel's attack in Gaza is decreasing. The Israeli army has been operating in the southern border city of Rafah since the beginning of May. It says that it has inflicted heavy damage on Hamas in Rafah, which it has identified as the last remaining stronghold of Hamas after a brutal war that lasted for nearly nine months. He said that our aim is to prevent Hamas from regrouping.

Israel launched its air and ground offensive on Gaza soon after Hamas's 7 October attack, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 250 others hostage. The Israeli offensive has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, creating a humanitarian crisis.

Tension also increased with America

These attacks have also increased Israel's tension with the US. President Joe Biden and Netanyahu have clashed publicly over the war. Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu again reiterated his claim that arms shipments from the US, Israel's closest ally, have declined, hampering the war effort.

Release of all hostages

Biden has delayed the delivery of some heavy bombs since May over concerns about heavy civilian casualties, but his administration last week fought back against Netanyahu's allegations that other shipments were also affected. The US and other mediators are pushing for a ceasefire, but Netanyahu has refused to end the war until Hamas releases all hostages.