November 16, 2023

IntelBrief: Northern Front Remains Tense as Israel and Hezbollah Calibrate Responses

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Bottom Line Up Front

  • Tensions along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon remain high, as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Lebanese Hezbollah have continued to exchange fire on a regular basis since the conflict kicked off between Israel and Hamas in early October.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to continue attacking Hezbollah, commenting that “Hezbollah will take more hits” and hinting that the IDF may be gearing up for a more comprehensive response along Israel’s northern border.
  • From the beginning of the conflict, Israel has attempted to balance between fighting Hamas in Gaza and preventing a two-front war from developing with Hezbollah.
  • Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has delivered two speeches laying out his group’s stance on the conflict, attempting to calibrate Hezbollah’s response while balancing the line between fiery rhetoric and avoiding provoking Israel into a more full-throated offensive.