Smotrich: If Hezbollah doesn’t withdraw from border, IDF must take southern Lebanon

The Times of Israel reports: “Israel should not shy away from launching a military takeover of southern Lebanon if Hezbollah does not withdraw from the border, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich declared Sunday, becoming the latest minister to publicly challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the handling of the conflict on Israel’s northern and southern borders.

Speaking at a faction meeting of his far-right Religious Zionism party held, unusually, in northern Israel, Smotrich demanded that Netanyahu make a clear announcement of a plan to deal with the Iran-backed terror group, saying that if necessary, Hezbollah must be dealt with through military action.

‘A public ultimatum must be issued to Hezbollah that they completely stop firing and withdraw all forces to beyond the Litani River,’ said Smotrich, who also serves as a minister in the Defense Ministry…”

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