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Israeli PM Mum on Hezbollah Weapons Strike

09-08-2014
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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Lebanese media reported that Israeli warplanes struck a convoy inside Lebanon carrying weapons to Hezbollah.

Some reports said the targets may have included game-changing weapons, like long-range, surface-to-surface missiles.

At a press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not confirm or deny the attack.

"Our policy is clear," Netanyahu said. "We will not speak about reports of what we did or didn't do, but we do all that is necessary in order to defend our citizens."

One of Israel's top naval commanders told reporters Hezbollah continues to arm itself with strategic weapons in order to influence future battles.

One of those targets could be the major oil and gas discoveries off Israel's coast.

The Syrian border continues to be a source of concern for the Israel Defense Forces. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz announced on Sunday the army was replacing one division on the border with another.

Gantz described the Middle East as explosive, saying "a storm is brewing underneath the seeming quiet night and day and on every front."

He blamed Iran for most of that brewing storm.

"There is no front where Iran is not involved handing out torches to pyromaniacs with munitions and rockets and is heavily involving itself in the fighting," he said.

The IDF chief said the relative quiet along Israel's borders was misleading and vowed the IDF would be vigilant and prepared. He said when the State dials 911, the army would answer.

Gantz's statements and the reported strike are two more signs of how fragile the current situation is in the Middle East.

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