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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Northern Confrontation Line Council Heads: "I suggest that Hezbollah not challenge the State of Israel; it will be the mistake of its life. We are committed to restoring security to the citizens of Israel in both the south and the north. This is what we will do."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 14 November 2023), at the Regba control center in the Mateh Asher Regional Council, met with northern confrontation line council heads and heard about the essential need for the continued implementation of the plan for structural reinforcement in the north, including budgeting.

The council heads called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to continue the fighting and not relent until the completion of the mission: The return of the hostages, security for the confrontation line communities – personal security alongside economic security.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the council heads were photographed against the backdrop of photos of the hostages in the hope of their swift return.

Prime Minister Netanyahu at the conclusion of the meeting [translated from Hebrew]:

"I am here after an excellent, in-depth, serious and pointed meeting with northern council heads, here in the moshav of Regba. There is steadfast resilience here, theirs and their residents', which are enduring difficult days, but are enduring them together. I must say that this resilience is an integral part of our effort to achieve the objectives of the war.

We have an orderly plan: First of all, our goal is absolute victory over Hamas in the south and the return of our hostages. Second, of course, is to ensure that Hamas – or anything like it – does not return on the day after; we will ensure this as well. Third, and no less important, is to deal with the northern front here.

On the northern front, there are currently exchanges of severe blows. We are striking Hezbollah but my directive to the IDF is to prepare for any scenario. I suggest that Hezbollah not try the State of Israel; it will be the mistake of its life.

We are committed to restoring security to the citizens of Israel in both the south and the north. This is what we will do. I thank you, dear friends, for your fantastic resilience."

Also attending the meeting were Negev, Galilee and National Resilience Minister Yitzhak Wasserlauf, the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Tzachi Braverman, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Director General Yossi Shelley, National Economic Council Director Prof. Avi Simhon, the Prime Minister's Military Secretary, Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil, the PMO Deputy Director General for Home Affairs, Planning and Development Hadas Levi and IDF Home Front Command representatives.