Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at the start of a security assessment Wednesday night that “whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Yoram Cohen and other security officials met to determine Israel’s response to the attack by Iranian-backed Hezbollah at 11:35 am (Jan. 28) that killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven others.
Six Kornet anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon at a convoy of army and civilian vehicles traveling along a road about two kilometers from the northern border near Mount Dov. In the exchange of artillery fire that followed, a UNIFIL soldier from Spain was killed as well.
“I would like to send condolences to the families of the fallen and my best wishes for a full recovery to our wounded soldiers,” Netanyahu said. “Whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price.
“For some time, Iran – via Hezbollah – has been trying to establish an additional terrorist front against us from the Golan Heights.
“We are taking strong and responsible action against this attempt,” the prime minister continued. “The Lebanese government and the Assad regime share responsibility for the consequences of the attacks emanating from their territories against the State of Israel.
“In all of these events, our mission is to defend the State of Israel. Our only consideration is the security of the State of Israel and its citizens,” Netanyahu emphasized. “Thus we have acted, and thus we will continue to act.”