Dr Mike Evans

Netanyahu announces fighting to shift from Rafah to Hezbollah

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the progress and future objectives of military operations on Sunday night, noting that the intense phase in Rafah was nearing its conclusion.

In an interview with Channel 14, his first since the onset of the Gaza conflict on October 7, Netanyahu emphasized the need to quell Hezbollah’s attacks along Israel’s northern border as the next strategic priority.

“We are almost concluding the intense phase of the war in Rafah,” Netanyahu stated, underscoring Israel’s determination to continue its military efforts.

He highlighted the intention to shift focus towards addressing Hezbollah’s persistent threats from Lebanon, suggesting potential military actions to remove the group from Israel’s borders.

Netanyahu expressed a preference for a diplomatic resolution to the Hezbollah threat but insisted any agreement must align with Israeli terms, particularly emphasizing the physical removal of Hezbollah from border areas. He reiterated Israel’s commitment to ensuring the safe return of residents who had been displaced from northern communities due to the conflict.

While Netanyahu did not delve into specifics regarding the possibility of a third Lebanon war, he assured the Israeli public of readiness to confront any challenges that may arise. He acknowledged potential risks to Israeli infrastructure, including electricity facilities, but refrained from elaborating further on security measures.

The Prime Minister’s remarks underscored Israel’s proactive stance on regional security issues and its readiness to escalate military efforts if necessary.

The interview provided insight into Israel’s strategic priorities and its firm stance on ensuring the safety and security of its citizens amidst ongoing regional tensions.

The shift follows weeks of intense attacks in Rafah where the majority of remaining hostages were believed to be held. Some hostages have been recovered, along with the remains of others, but many remain unaccounted for in the ongoing conflict.