Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday warned Lebanon and Hezbollah against launching an attack on Israel, vowing that his country will not stand idly by in the event of any aggression.
“We warn Hezbollah not to impose Iran’s agenda on Lebanon, and we warn Lebanon not to serve as a base for attacks on Israel,” Rivlin said during a memorial ceremony in Jerusalem for Israeli soldiers killed in the First Lebanon War.
"We are not seeking war, but the Israeli army is vigilant and ready to respond to any threat and to face any scenario,” he stated.
Rivlin said Israelis “have never had anything against the Lebanese people”, noting that the 1982 First Lebanon War “was not a war of choice.”
"Then, as now, it was the terrorist groups that took advantage of the weakness of the Lebanese state to attack Israel and its citizens,” he said.