Following PM’s exposure of Iranian sites in Beirut, Lebanese FM takes diplomats and journalists on “tour” of sites, refuting Israel’s claims; Lieberman: We have more information about the Iranian and Hezbollah missile factories in Lebanon, and we will reveal it later; Netanyahu: Hezbollah has taken Lebanon hostage for its aggression against Israel.
Israel is set to release more information on Iranian and Hezbollah missile factories in Lebanon.
Following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly address where he exposed an additional Iranian nuclear site as well as three Iranian precision missile factories in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon accused Israel of lying, its foreign minister taking international envoys and journalists on a supposed tour of the sites Netanyahu exposed last week.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil refuted Netanyahu’s claims accusing Israel of violating Lebanese airspace “1,417 times in the last eight months,” giving a tour and televised address on Monday. He claimed Israel is attempting to “justify another violation of UN resolutions and to justify another aggression on a sovereign country”.
Netanyahu responded, stating “Hezbollah is brazenly lying to the international community by means of the fraudulent propaganda tour of the Lebanese Foreign Minister who took ambassadors to the soccer field but refrained from taking them to the nearby underground precision missile production facility. The ambassadors should ask themselves why they waited three days before making the tour. Hezbollah always takes care to clean the area at exposed sites. It is unfortunate that the Lebanese government is sacrificing the peace of its citizens to cover for Hezbollah which has taken Lebanon hostage for its aggression against Israel.”
During his address to the 73rd UN General Assembly, Netanyahu spoke at length on Iran’s nuclear and missile activities and efforts through its proxies. Specifically on Hezbollah he stated, “in Lebanon Iran is directing Hezbollah to build secret sites to convert inaccurate projectiles into precision guided missiles, missiles that can target deep inside Israel within an accuracy of ten meters… Hezbollah is deliberately using the innocent people of Beirut as human shields. They have placed three of these missile conversion sites alongside Beirut’s international airport.” He exposed the sites, one near Beirut’s international airport, a site underneath a soccer stadium and a third adjacent to the airport.
He warned the terror organization “Israel knows, Israel also knows what you’re doing. Israel knows where you’re doing it. And Israel will not let you get away with it.”
Israel’s Defense Minister also addressed Lebanon’s attempts, announcing that Israel will soon release additional intelligence on Iran and Hezbollah’s missile programs. He stated Monday “We have more information about the Iranian and Hezbollah missile factories in Lebanon, and we will reveal it later.”
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