Israel Threatens Lebanon over Iran ahead of Netanyahu’s Trip to Moscow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)
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Israel Threatens Lebanon over Iran ahead of Netanyahu’s Trip to Moscow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)

On the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Moscow on Monday, the government and Israeli army spokespersons launched on Sunday an unprecedented campaign in which they warned of Iran’s influence in Lebanon and Syria.

Netanyahu will meet in Russia with President Vladimir Putin and discuss Iran’s influence.

Israeli Defense Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said that Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” party was imposing its power on political leaderships in Lebanon, adding that this threatens Israel and could lead to a devastating war with the neighboring country.

He warned that due to the failings of its authorities, Lebanon has turned into one large missile factory.

"One in every three or four houses in southern Lebanon is a headquarters, a post, a weapons depot or a ‘Hezbollah’ hideout,” he said.

In an indirect reference to the May 6 parliamentary elections, Manelis said that this year will be “a test for the Lebanese entity” in whether the Lebanese will allow Iran and “Hezbollah” to exploit the Lebanese state.

“Will ‘Hezbollah’ succeed in officially transforming Lebanon into a state sponsored by Iran?”

Israel's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said there are 82,000 fighters under Iran’s authority in Syria.

The ambassador said his country is releasing this classified information because “it is vital for the world to understand that if we turn a blind eye in Syria, the Iranian threat will only grow.”

Danon added that Iran was recruiting extremists in Syria to further threaten Israel and to further terrorize the entire free world.

Speaking at his weekly cabinet session in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that during his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Davos Economic Forum last Thursday, they “discussed the need to confront the Iranian aggression in the region and to face all of Iran’s attempts to possess nuclear arms through the failed Nuclear deal.”

A high-ranking political source in Tel Aviv said on Sunday that “Netanyahu was urgently heading to Moscow because we are now in a situation where the Russians do not seem to care about the threats of the Iranian presence in Syria.”



Gunmen Kill 15 Police Officers and Several Civilians in Russia's Dagestan

A view shows plumes of smoke rising from building, in Derbent, Russia, June 23, 2024, in this still image obtained from a video. VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS
A view shows plumes of smoke rising from building, in Derbent, Russia, June 23, 2024, in this still image obtained from a video. VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS
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Gunmen Kill 15 Police Officers and Several Civilians in Russia's Dagestan

A view shows plumes of smoke rising from building, in Derbent, Russia, June 23, 2024, in this still image obtained from a video. VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS
A view shows plumes of smoke rising from building, in Derbent, Russia, June 23, 2024, in this still image obtained from a video. VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS

More than 15 police officers and several civilians, including an Orthodox priest, were killed by armed militants in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan on Sunday, its governor Sergei Melikov said in a video statement early Monday.
The gunmen opened fire on two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a police post in two cities, according to the authorities.
Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee described the attacks as terrorist acts.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were declared days of mourning in the region.
Dagestan's Interior Ministry said a group of armed men shot at a synagogue and a church in the city of Derbent, located on the Caspian Sea. Both the church and the synagogue caught fire, according to state media. Almost simultaneously, reports appeared about an attack on a church and a traffic police post in the Dagestan capital, Makhachkala.
Authorities announced a counter-terrorist operation in the region. The Anti-Terrorist Committee said five gunmen were “eliminated.” The governor said six “bandits” had been “liquidated.” The conflicting numbers couldn't be immediately reconciled and it wasn't clear how many militants were involved in the attacks.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. The authorities launched a criminal investigation on the charge of a terrorist act.
Russian state news agency Tass cited law enforcement sources as saying that a Dagestani official was detained over his sons' involvement in the attacks.
Melikov said in the video statement that the situation in the region was under control of the law enforcement and local authorities, and vowed that the investigation of the attacks will continue until “all the sleeping cells” of the militants are uncovered.
He claimed, without providing evidence, that the attacks might have been prepared from abroad, and referenced what the Kremlin calls “the special military operation” in Ukraine in an apparent attempt to link the attacks to it.