Israel's Intelligence Minister threatened to wipe Lebanon out
Israel will return Lebanon to the Stone Age, the country's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Wednesday in an interview with Saudi newspaper Elaph. Karabakh Today informs citing the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper.
According to Katz, Israel believes Iran is building "advanced missile plants" in Lebanon. When asked if Israel would bomb the plants, he replied, "Yes. We will also act militarily and prevent them, as is happening in Syria."
Katz added that all of Lebanon will be the target of Israeli attacks.
"What happened in 2006 will be a picnic compared to what we can do. I remember a Saudi minister saying they will send Hezbollah back to their caves in south Lebanon. I am telling you that we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age," Katz said, referring to the Second Lebanon War, when Israel attacked Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.
The Israeli intelligence minister said the country would rather assault Lebanon than wait for new U.N. resolutions against Hezbollah and Iran, especially in the wake of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation from Saudi Arabia, a decision that he has since retracted.
Last month Elaph published an interview with Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, marking the first time a Saudi media outlet interviewed a senior Israel Defense Forces officer.
Notably, Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Yisrael Katz perceiving Saudi Arabia as a leader of the Arab world has invited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmani to his country.
There is no diplomatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel. However, it is said that there is unofficial contacts between the parties.