Netanyahu warns of ‘crushing’ retaliation after Hezbollah chief’s remarks

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Sunday warned the head of Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Hezbollah that “crushing” retaliation would follow any attack, after its leader said the group’s rockets could reach Tel Aviv.

“Over the weekend we heard (Hassan) Nasrallah’s boasting about his attack plans,” he said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

“Let me be clear – if Hezbollah dares to make the mistake of attacking Israel, we will lay upon it and on Lebanon a crushing military blow.”

In last Friday’s interview broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television, Nasrallah warned that key Israeli sites along the Mediterranean coast, including Tel Aviv, were “within range of our rockets”.

The head of the Lebanese movement also said that Israel’s arch-foe Iran was “able to bombard Israel with ferocity and force,” but “will not start a war”.