Senior official: Russia helping stop weapon transfers to Hezbollah 

Source: Senior official: Russia helping stop weapon transfers to Hezbollah – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed some 25 ambassadors in Misgav Am on Thursday about Operation Northern Shield, Israel’s campaign to detect and destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels.

BY HERB KEINON
 DECEMBER 6, 2018 14:04
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with foreign ambassadors in the northern sector near IDF force

Russia has deployed troops on the Syrian-Lebanese border to prevent the transfer of weapons and precision-guided technology to Hezbollah, a senior diplomatic official said on Thursday.

The official said that this deployment, as well as IDF actions inside Syria to disrupt the transfer of these weapons and technology to turn ordinary missiles into precision-guided ones, has had a significant impact, and that Hezbollah has only been able to convert “a few dozen” of their estimated 140,000 missiles in Lebanon into precision-guided ones. The official said that Hezbollah had hoped by now to have converted thousands of missiles into precision-guided ones.

These comments came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed some 25 ambassadors in Misgav Am on Thursday about Operation Northern Shield, Israel’s campaign to detect and destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels.

Israel is acting “systemically and with determination” to deny Hezbollah and Hamas their strategic tunnel weapon, Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu added that Hezbollah’s tunnels are just one expression of Iran’s aggressiveness in the region. He asked the ambassadors to condemn the violation of Israel’s sovereignty, and to support Israel’s demand for greater sanctions against Hezbollah.

“Our action [against the tunnels] is only in the beginning stage,” he said. “But at the end the tunnel weapon, which Hezbollah has invested so much money in, will not let it exist or be effective.”

One diplomatic official said that the purpose of the briefing with the ambassadors was to create legitimacy for future military actions if the need arises.

 

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