Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, issued a dire warning to Israel on Saturday, urging the nation to cease its military operations in Gaza. Speaking to reporters in Beirut, Abdullahian cautioned that the involvement of Hezbollah could escalate the conflict, leading to catastrophic consequences for Israel.
Abdullahian’s comments come at a time when tensions between Israel and Gaza have reached a boiling point. Israel has identified Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist group, as its most formidable threat. Intelligence reports suggest that Hezbollah possesses an arsenal of approximately 150,000 rockets and missiles, including precision-guided munitions capable of striking targets across Israel.
Hezbollah’s weapon capacity isn’t limited to its missile capabilities. The group has thousands of battle-hardened fighters who have gained experience in Syria’s protracted 12-year conflict. Following a recent attack by the Hamas terrorists, Hezbollah is currently on high alert along Lebanon’s border with Israel.
On Friday, Hezbollah confirmed that its fighters had launched multiple rockets targeting four Israeli positions along the Lebanese-Israeli border. Abdullahian revealed that he had met with Hezbollah leader Syed Hassan Nasrallah, who briefed him on the group’s preparedness and situation in Lebanon, Reuters reported.
Abdullahian warned that involvement from Hezbollah could spell disaster for Israel. “I urge those supporting these military actions to cease the crimes against civilians in Gaza before it’s too late. Time is of the essence, and in a few hours, it may indeed be too late”, he said.
In a move signaling the gravity of the situation, US President Joe Biden has dispatched American warships to the region. While the US has promised full support for Israel, Biden has also cautioned other parties in the Middle East against joining the conflict. Abdullahian indicated that he would be in contact with United Nations officials in West Asia, stating, “There is still an opportunity to work on an initiative to end the war, but tomorrow may be too late.”