Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked on Sunday Nasrallah's comments on the military operations to destroy the attack tunnels entering Israel from Lebanon, warning that Hezbollah faces "the lethal force of the Israel Defense Forces."
Nasrallah told Lebanon's Al Mayadeen TV station that one of the tunnels discovered by Israel is more than 13 years old, predating UN Security Council Resolution 1701, passed after the Second Lebanon War.
Netanyahu responded to Nasrallah, saying the leader is greatly embarassed by the "tremendous effort he and his men invested in the surprise weapon of the tunnels, which included digging them - contrary to what he claims - over the last months and years."
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Speaking a the start of a weekly cabinet meeting Netanyahu said "He [Nasrallah] is in great confusion," pointing to "the tremendous success" of Operation Northern Shield and the financial distress of the group amid U.S. sanctions on Iran.
The Hezbollah chief denied that he's been silent since the tunnels' discovery because of health problems, saying that Israel spread rumors to provoke him into speaking. "Our silenced had contributed to the calm" in southern Lebanon, he said.
Nasrallah further declined to comment whether he knows of more tunnels or not, adding that Israel lied when announcing the conclusion of Operation Defensive Shield, aimed at destroying tunnels traversing the Israel-Lebanon border.