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Iran green-lights Hezbollah for large-scale attack on Israel in case of Rafah op in Gaza – report

Hezbollah fears that after Rafah, southern Lebanon will be next Israeli target

Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in a large-scale military exercise in Aaramta bordering Israel on May 21, 2023 (Photo: Fadel Itani/NurPhoto/via REUTERS)

The Iranian regime has given Hezbollah the go-ahead to launch a large-scale attack against Israel within certain parameters, fearing that Israel plans to attack Lebanon in the near future, the Arabic Post reported on Wednesday.

The Lebanese terror militia and Israel have traded blows since Hezbollah began its daily attacks against Israeli targets last October in solidarity with Hamas.

Tensions reached a new high point over the last week as both sides attacked targets far from their common border.

The report cited a source from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran stating that its Quds Force Commander Esmail Qaani visited Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last Monday to discuss “the latest developments” along Israel’s northern border.

Nasrallah reportedly requested the meeting after receiving intelligence pointing to an Israeli plan to launch a large-scale attack on Hezbollah, possibly as early as March.

“Hassan Nasrallah told Qaani that the attack is likely to be very imminent, most likely in the month of Ramadan, or after Israel’s invasion of the city of Rafah,” the source told Arabic Post.

“Nasrallah said that he is completely certain of [Israel’s] intention to launch a large-scale attack on Lebanon, and he asked Qaani to give him complete freedom in how he intends to attack,” according to another source.

The Iranian regime responded by giving Nasrallah the green light to attack Israel but only if Israel launched an invasion into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, for fear that once the Rafah operation would be complete, southern Lebanon “will be next.”

Israel has been reducing its active-duty manpower in the Gaza Strip, possibly freeing up soldiers for an operation in the north.

Tens of thousands of residents who live in Israeli border communities are still displaced and have been vocally pressing the government to change the situation.

According to a CNN report on Thursday, U.S. government and intelligence officials are also concerned that Israel is planning a ground operation in Lebanon – either toward the end of spring or the beginning of summer – if diplomatic efforts fail to push Hezbollah terror forces away from the border.

Residents of northern Israel are certain that a large war with Lebanon is approaching, ALL ISRAEL NEWS Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg recently reported.

One Messianic Jewish pastor living in the north, who has extensive experience serving in the Israeli military told Rosenberg: “On a scale of 1 to 10 – with 10 meaning a big war is certain – I’d say it’s a 15.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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