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Report: US Worried Israel Might Invade Lebanon

By    |   Thursday, 29 February 2024 10:13 AM EST

The Biden administration is increasingly concerned that Israel is planning a ground invasion in the coming months to remove Hezbollah from Southern Lebanon if diplomatic efforts fail, CNN reported Wednesday.

Senior U.S. officials told CNN that the offensive could be launched in late spring or early summer. The potential invasion is being discussed in White House intelligence briefings.

Jerusalem is determined to return the 8,000 residents forced to evacuate the Lebanese border area in October due to Hezbollah attacks.

Hezbollah joined the war in support of Hamas on Oct. 8 and has been launching daily cross-border attacks on northern Israel, while Israel has responded with aerial attacks and artillery fire.

The Israeli defense establishment has repeatedly stated that while a diplomatic solution is preferred, the military option remains on the table to restore security to the north.

Hezbollah's presence in Southern Lebanon is in violation of United Nations Resolution 1701, which demands that the terror group disarm and pull its force north of the Litani River.

"We are operating on the assumption that an Israeli military operation is [likely] in the coming months," a senior Biden administration official told CNN. "Not necessarily imminently in the next few weeks but perhaps later this spring. An Israeli military operation is a distinct possibility."

Led by U.S. special envoy Amos Hochstein, a frequent visitor to Jerusalem and Beirut, the Biden administration has been attempting to broker a diplomatic resolution to the Israel-Hezbollah conflict to avoid further escalation, which could spark a regional war.

A French proposal would see the radical Shi'ite militia moved six miles from the border, putting northern Israeli residents out of the range of anti-tank missile fire. That distance still falls some 13 miles short of the Litani River.

"I think what Israel is doing is they are raising this threat in the hope that there will be a negotiated agreement," the official said. "Some Israeli officials suggest that it is more of an effort at creating a threat that they can utilize. Others speak of it more as a military necessity that's going to happen.

An Israeli official told CNN: "Israel has been willing to give diplomacy a chance and hope it will succeed. If the issue can not be resolved diplomatically, Israel will have to consider alternate means."

In a phone call overnight Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that Israel "will not tolerate threats against its citizens and violations of its sovereignty, and will take the measures required to ensure their security."

Gallant also briefed Austin on the continuous Hezbollah attacks on Israel's northern border region, according to the Defense Ministry's readout of the call.

Air-raid sirens sounded in the Western Galilee communities of Shomi and Adamit on Thursday morning. That followed Israeli strikes on Wednesday night on Hezbollah terror infrastructure in the areas of Kafra and Seddiqine in Southern Lebanon.

This JNS.org report was republished with permission from Jewish News Syndicate.

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