NYT: US Officials Warning Israel against Attack on Hezbollah

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (L) and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. (Image: PC)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The administration of US President Joe Biden is trying to dissuade Israel from a large-scale attack on the Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah, The New York Times reported on Friday.

According to the report, “Americans are conveying to the Israelis the difficulties of battling both Hamas in the south and a much more powerful Hezbollah force in the north.”

US officials are also reportedly worried that “such a conflict could draw in both the United States and Iran.”

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According to the report, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has advocated a preemptive strike on the group, but his stance was not shared by other Israeli officials.

Citing US and Israeli officials, the New York Times reported that “For now, Mr. Netanyahu has refrained from backing a major attack on Hezbollah, despite the encouragement of Mr. Gallant and senior military generals.”

On Sunday, the Deputy Secretary General of the Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah, Sheikh Naim Qassem, issued a statement,  once more emphasizing complete solidarity between Hezbollah and Palestinian Resistance groups in Gaza.

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In the statement, Sheikh Qassem explained that Hezbollah may escalate depending on the escalation of the Israeli war on Gaza.

“If the situation demands more, we will do more,” the statement read, adding:

“If the enemy further intervenes, matters will expand, and we say to those who contact us that they must stop the aggression first to prevent the conflict from escalating”.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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