IDF chief warns Israel ‘preparing offensive in north,’ as Hezbollah attacks persist

The Times of Israel reports: “During a visit to the Lebanon border, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said the military was preparing for an offensive against the Hezbollah terror group, which continued to carry out attacks on northern Israel on Wednesday.

‘You are doing an excellent job of operational defense in the north, and we are preparing for an offensive in the north,’ Halevi said to reservists of the Etzioni Brigade at an undisclosed location on the border with Lebanon, in remarks published by the military.

The remarks were made following an assessment Halevi held with the chief of the Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, the commander of the 146th Division, Brig. Gen. Yisrael Shomer, and other officers, the IDF said.

Speaking with the reservists, Halevi also said the IDF’s campaign in the Gaza Strip would continue ‘with strength.’

‘Its objectives are both to restore security to the communities near the Gaza Strip and to bring the hostages back home securely,’ he said…”

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