US military chief makes unannounced visit to Israel


The military also cleared some troops out of positions directly along the border, moving them deeper into Israel, so that they would not represent a clear target for Hezbollah, while still allowing them to defend the frontier.

Earlier on Friday, explosions were also heard along the Syrian border, with shrapnel striking a home and a vehicle on the Israeli side in the nearby Druze town of Majdal Shams, causing light damage.

The motive behind the expected attack is retaliation for an airstrike at Damascus Airport in Syria last Monday, attributed to the IDF, which killed a Hezbollah terrorist.

The Lebanese militant group has vowed to retaliate for the killing of its fighters in Syria, and in recent days Israel has sent infantry reinforcements to its northern border with Lebanon. The 2015 incident killed two IDF soldiers. No one was hurt in the September 2019 attack. The drone then returned to Israel, said Al-Mayadeen.

In a separate meeting, General Milli discussed the latest developments with the head of Mossad, Yossi Cohen, and spoke over video conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed the "threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran", and other regional security concerns.

Kuwaiti news site Al Jarida reported this morning that Israel had sent a message to Hezbollah seeking to deescalate tensions that have risen between the sides in recent days.

Moreover, the Jerusalem Post says, Israel has sent a "message" to Hezbollah through Russian Federation to keep calm.

But the possibility of conflict comes at a hard time for Hezbollah.

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Tensions between the two countries escalated earlier this month after reports emerged that Israel was behind a massive explosion at Natanz, Iran that destroyed a key factory producing centrifuges used in Iran's nuclear refinement industry.

Because Hezbollah partners with the Lebanese government, many Lebanese consider Hezbollah partially responsible for the crisis. Hezbollah was created by Iran in Lebanon in the 1980s and remains an Iranian proxy.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) believe that Hezbollah intends to launch a terror attack against Israel soon.

However, if a Hezbollah attack wounds or kills Israeli civilians or soldiers, the IDF will be forced to respond in kind.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday night that Defense Minister Benny Gantz has "instructed the IDF to be on high alert in the northern region".

"The IDF and the entire defense establishment will act decisively against any threat to Israeli citizens".

Tehran, meanwhile, says Israel's illegal military actions in Syria, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, and Iraq, as well as its possession of an actual nuclear arsenal, make it the greater danger.