Ministers and MKs praised the IDF’s launch of Operation "Northern Shield" overnight Monday to thwart and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels dug by the Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel.

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz: "We welcome the IDF's action to destroy the Hezbollah tunnels, which is intended to remove a serious threat from the State of Israel and the residents of the north. Israel once again proves its high intelligence and operational capabilities against every plot and against every enemy. "

"Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Binyamin Netanyahu should be commended for the fact that, despite the difficult pressures, he led the right process of decision making in the security cabinet, while exercising broad and comprehensive discretion in favor of the security of the State of Israel.”

Minister Tzachi Hanegbi: "Operation Northern Shield began to destroy the tunnel network of the Hezbollah terror organization.”

“The ‘surprise’ that Nasrallah prepared for the residents of the north has been thwarted by high-quality intelligence, groundbreaking technology, operational daring and uncompromising determination by the prime minister, the chief of staff and the cabinet.”

MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (Zionist Union), member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee: "Now is the time to strengthen the IDF forces and to hope for the continuation of routine for the residents on the front line.”

“It is important to remember them during routine times as well, and to make sure that the ‘Northern Shield’ program is promoted immediately so that the security of the residents can also be assured in terms of protection.”

MK David Amsalem (Likud): “I strengthen the hands of the IDF, the security forces and all those involved in the operation, to expose Hezbollah's offensive tunnels in the north."

"The responsible and measured activity of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu proves itself time after time in all areas of life in our country. A happy and bright Hanukkah to all of us.”

Deputy Minister and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren (Kulanu) tweeted: "The IDF’s destruction of Hezbollah attack tunnels shows the wisdom of avoiding Iran’s plot to divert Israel with a war against its Gaza ally Hamas. The world must appreciate Israel’s restraint toward Gaza and stand with Israel against flagrant aggression by Iran’s Lebanese proxy."