Netanyahu tells Nasrallah to 'calm down'
Netanyahu and Nasrallah. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO,REUTERS)
Date: 2019-08-27 15:17
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Hezbollah militia leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday (August 27) to “calm down” after Nasrallah said his movement was preparing a response to the crash of two Israeli drones in a Beirut suburb.
In a speech on Sunday, Nasrallah accused Israel of carrying out an attack with an exploding drone earlier that day.
“I say to the Israeli army on the border from tonight, stand guard (on high alert). Wait for us one, two, three, four days,” said Nasrallah, whose movement last waged a major war against Israel in 2006.
One of the two crashing drones exploded near the ground, causing some damage to Hezbollah’s media center in the southern suburbs of the capital which it dominates. Israeli officials have declined to comment when asked if Israel was responsible.
“I heard what Nasrallah said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He knows well that Israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies,” Netanyahu said in a speech.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday his country had a right to defend itself, likening Israeli drone strikes to a “declaration of war”. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri urged diplomats to help prevent “dangerous escalation”.
Netanyahu, speaking at the groundbreaking for the Jerusalem headquarters of a self-driving car technology firm, also issued warnings to Lebanon and Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force, which the Israeli leader said aspires to destroy Israel.
“Watch what you say, and moreover be careful about what you do,” Netanyahu said.
Soleimani, reacting to the Israeli air strike in Syria and the Beirut drones incident, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that “these were the last struggles” of Israel.
Late on Saturday, Israeli air strikes killed two Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen in Syria, where the terror group is providing military support to Bashar Assad.
Based on Reuters