The Trump administration voiced its backing on Tuesday for an operation the IDF has launched to destroy tunnels built by Hezbollah under the Israel-Lebanon border.
“The US strongly supports Israel’s efforts to defend its sovereignty, and we call on Hezbollah to stop its tunneling into Israel and to refrain from escalation and violence,” White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said.
“More broadly,” he added, “we call on Iran and all of its agents to stop their regional aggression and provocation, which pose an unacceptable threat to Israeli and regional security.”
Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Ron Dermer, expressed gratitude to the US, saying, “Israel deeply appreciates the Trump administration’s unequivocal support for Israel’s right to defend itself — against Hezbollah tunnels, Hamas rockets, Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, and all the other things that threaten the Jewish state.”
The IDF announced “Operation Northern Shield” in a Tuesday morning tweet, saying its goal was to “expose and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah.”