Netanyahu Vows ‘Extremely Powerful’ Response

( – Responding to a new escalation of anti-Israel attacks by Iranian proxies in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has issued a stark warning of an “extremely powerful” response following escalated assaults by Hezbollah from Lebanon.

Shortly after his statement, Hezbollah drones attacked the northern Israeli town of Hurfeish, in the Upper Galilee, predominantly inhabited by the Druze community.

This attack resulted in injuries to 11 Israelis, with one person suffering critical injuries. Reports indicated multiple explosions, and the failure of air raid alarms to activate was noted, according to The Guardian.

Hezbollah, a proxy for the Islamic Republic of Iran based primarily in Lebanon, had earlier initiated several attacks that ignited major fires, exacerbated by dry, potent winds.

Media coverage vividly captured the firestorms consuming forests near Kiryat Shmona, illustrating the crisis. Emergency response teams worked tirelessly for two days to manage the blazes.

The graphic footage highlighted growing complaints from leaders of communities near the Lebanon border, which had been evacuated since the onset of conflict with Gaza.

They expressed feelings of abandonment and bleak prospects for return, with tens of thousands displaced since October.

“Anyone who thinks that they can harm us and we will sit on our hands is sorely mistaken. We are prepared for a very strong action in the north. In one way or another we will restore security to the north,” Netanyahu stated during a Wednesday visit to the largely deserted Kiryat Shmona.

Netanyahu faced criticism for not meeting with Kiryat Shmona’s mayor, who has publicly accused the government of neglecting northern communities.

Meanwhile, the Israeli war cabinet convened on Tuesday to discuss the volatile Lebanese border situation amid senior officials’ frequent visits to the area.

Herzi Halevi, the chief of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), remarked during a northern visit, “We’re approaching the point at which we’ll have to make a decision. The IDF is ready for an offensive.”

In response to ongoing regional tensions, the Israeli cabinet approved an increase in the reservist cap by an additional 50,000 troops for the summer, bringing the total to approximately 350,000—similar to numbers at the Gaza conflict’s onset.

This decision follows intensified military actions in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, necessitating more troops than initially anticipated.

Hezbollah has stepped up its drone assaults, launching a squadron towards an Israeli military base in Galilee, marking a significant escalation since hostilities began after the October 7 terrorist attack by another Iranian proxy, Hamas.

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