Hariri warns of escalating Israeli threat

Prime Minister Saad Hariri voiced concern about Israeli threats and escalating military activity in an interview with British BBC television station broadcast on Wednesday. Israeli officials warned repeatedly in recent weeks that any attack by Lebanon’s Hezbollah will spark a tough response, and they have been locked in a war of words with Syrian leaders.

“We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out, and not only threats,” Hariri told BBC, citing Israeli violations of Lebanese territory and airspace during the past two months. According to Hariri, the Israeli breaches are escalating, “and this is very dangerous.”

“[However], there won’t be a division in Lebanon. We will stand against Israel. We will stand with our own people,” said Hariri in a warning to Tel Aviv not to count on Lebanon remaining divided in case Israel launches a new assault on the country.


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