Israel DM Warns Hezbollah of Escalation, Vows Lebanese Will ‘Pay the Price’

Presents a series of nine photos of slain Hezbollah officials

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant took a tour of command-and-control centers attached to Israeli Northern Command today, holding what officials are describing as an “operational situation assessment.”

Gallant praised the precision of the Israeli troops, citing the 320 Hezbollah members who have been killed, and saying Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is “dragging Lebanon into a very, very different reality.”

Although Gallant talking up escalation into Lebanon is nothing new, he ominously added “the ones who will pay the price are the residents of Lebanon.

Gallant appeared to be most concerned about challenging Hezbollah’s dismissal of his claims in April that half of Hezbollah’s commanders had been killed in military operations. The DM then displayed photos of nine Hezbollah officers killed by the IDF, who were described in the press as equivalent to brigadier generals.

At the time, Gallant claimed half of Hezbollah’s commanders were dead and the other half were in hiding. Analysts said this was likely a broad overestimation, as the size and structure of Hezbollah is not well understood.

Accusing Nasrallah of claiming there were no casualties at all, Gallant challenged him with these photos asking, “all these people aren’t yours?” and insisting the nine photos were only a partial list.

Author: Jason Ditz

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