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At Lebanon war memorial, Gantz says next conflict to be ‘powerful and accurate’

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Wednesday that if Israel is “compelled” to launch a military operation in Lebanon, it will be “powerful and accurate.”

Speaking at a memorial ceremony in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona marking 40 years since the outbreak of the First Lebanon War — also known as Operation Peace for Galilee — Gantz said the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group would pay a “heavy price.”

“If we are compelled to carry out an operation in Lebanon, it will be powerful and accurate. It will exact a heavy price from Iran’s proxies, Hezbollah, and from the Lebanese state,” he said. “We are ready for battle, and if necessary, we will march again to Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, and wherever required.”

“We do not want a war and we are prepared to go very far in the path of peace, and in the path of settlement of the maritime border between us and Lebanon, which we must conclude quickly and fairly,” he said, referring to the ongoing dispute over the Karish natural gas field.

“In face of the threat to the citizens of Israel, no infrastructure used to harm us will be immune,” Gantz warned, but added that “our conflict is not with the citizens of Lebanon, to whom we have reached out many times, including in the past year.”

“There are paths that should be followed, the other side should have the courage to start walking,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi said that “in the next........

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