Chief of Staff:
'We will continue to prevent weapons transfers to Hezbollah'

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot says Hezbollah continues to be the biggest threat to Israel's security.

Shlomo Piotrokovsky,

Gadi Eizenkot
Gadi Eizenkot
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The strengthening of Hezbollah near the northern border is the biggest threat to Israel’s security today, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said Tuesday at the Herzliya Conference.

"Hezbollah has built capabilities, it is grossly violating UN Resolution 1701, and if we look at southern Lebanon, we see this organization deployed in 200 villages and towns, and there are tens of thousands of rockets there," said the Chief of Staff.

"We have a clear interest in preventing the transfer of advanced weapons by Hezbollah. As has been published, there were actions to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons meant to harm Israel. This was the case in recent years and it will be so in the future,” he added, without going into further details.

Eizenkot also spoke about the crisis in the supply of electricity to Gaza, noting that a regular supply of electricity to Gaza would be beneficial to maintaining peace in the south.

"We have an interest in having electricity in Gaza 24 hours a day so that they have hope," said the Chief of Staff on Tuesday, adding, "The decision to cut electricity, salaries and medicines directly affects our ability to provide security."

The Israeli security cabinet decided last week to reduce the supply of electricity to Gaza at the request of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The PA has been pressing Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza, which it seized in a bloody coup in 2007. As part of those measures, the PA has limited how much it pays for power to the area.