While Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant toured the northern border with Lebanon and issued a warning to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday, Lebanese naval boats were mobilized to intercept Israeli vessels.
The report about the naval interception was published on the Beirut news site Al-Mayadeen.
Israeli news sites have been filled with coverage of the tension on the northern border as well as reports regarding military predictions of any future conflict with the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah.
The same day, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced the arrest of a terror cell operating in the Palestinian territories in Judea and Samaria under the direction of a terrorist in Lebanon.
Last week, several top IDF top generals visited the border to assess the situation and view the status of the security fence which Israel is improving.
Besides the border tension, both Israel and Lebanon are facing a significant amount of internal crises.
That fighting caused several Arab countries to issue travel warnings against visiting Lebanon.
Both France and the U.S. have made recent attempts to solve the presidential election impasse, as well as reach some agreement regarding the border tensions. The United Nations has also become involved in the issue of the Hezbollah tents.
U.S. Special Envoy for Energy Security Amos Hochstein is currently in Beirut, where he is reported to be “feeling the pulse” for a border agreement with Israel intended to pave the way for further agreements between Lebanon and Israel.
The move comes as Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are said to be in negotiations regarding normalizing relations between the kingdom and Israel.
Hochstein visited with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in July.
Top defense officials have warned that a conflict with Hezbollah would lead to a difficult scenario for Israel.
In that context, Gallant's statement on Tuesday was a warning to Hezbollah not to attempt to take advantage of Israel’s perceived weakness.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.