Israel carries out three airstrikes on Palestinian territory near Lebanon-Syria border belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP); Site was historically used as a cover-up for Hezbollah to attack Israel. Netanyahu: We won’t tolerate attacks on Israel from any country in the area. Any country that allows its territory to be used for attacks against Israel will bear the consequences. I stress: The state will bear the consequences.
Early Monday, Israeli aircraft(s) completed three separate strikes near the border of Lebanon & Syria. The stronghold that they were targeting belonged to the Palestinians; more specifically, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)-General Command. Historically, this group and site have been utilized as a cover-up for Hezbollah to attack Israel. The damage done is materialistic in nature; no causalties are confirmed as of yet.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun declared these strikes to be a “declaration of war,” which is both hypocritical and interesting because whenever the Palestinians or other groups attack Israel, their justification is that it’s not an act of war, but a response to how “oppressive” the state of Israel is. These strikes follow shortly after an eventful weekend in the Middle East, where tensions continue to rise between Israel, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. “What happened is equal to a declaration of war and gives us the right to defend our sovereignty, independence, and the safety of our land… We are people who seek peace and not war, and we don’t accept that anyone to threatens us through any means.”, stated Aoun. Unfortunately for him, history tells a different story. Not only was there a month-long war between Israel and Lebanon in 2006, but when you willingly become a vessel for terror groups to have easier access to Israel, you’re no longer a country of peace. The enemies that Israel deals with on a daily basis will always play by a different set of rules.
An official for the Palestinian group in Lebanon, Abu Wael Issam, stated to the press, “alternatives are open in confronting the Zionist enemy,” but confirmed no immediate plans. PM Netanyahu stated on Sunday, “We won’t tolerate attacks on Israel from any country in the area. Any country that allows its territory to be used for attacks against Israel will bear the consequences. I stress: The state will bear the consequences.” This statement came while touring the Golan Heights in northern Israel. In addition, the US State Department communicated that Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, “expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself from threats posed by the IRGC and to take action to prevent imminent attacks against Israeli assets.”