Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the extraordinary capabilities the IDF had developed for disabling terrorist tunnels, a weapon in which Hamas and Hizballah had invested huge amounts of money and effort. By building them, Hizballah is in flagrant violation of UNSC Res. 1701, said Netanyahu. Israel has asked for a UN Security Council meeting to condemn Hizballah and the Lebanese government, which must assume also responsibility. The IDF will take as long as necessary to finish neutralizing of the Hizballah tunnels. He praised former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman for his part in planning the project.
Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, said the operation revealed on Tuesday is only a small part of the plans under preparation in top secrecy for safeguarding the country’s security.