Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant to the troops of the Armored Corps stationed in the Mount Hermon region: “These are critical days in terms of exercising our power against an enemy [Hezbollah] that only responds to force. Even if we reach an agreement in the southern arena, we will continue fighting here, until we bring Hezbollah to reach an agreement and ensure the safe return of Israel’s northern communities to their homes.”

“Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorist organizations have lost 450 [fighters] – 15 commanders at the level of brigade commanders or above, were eliminated. This includes 3 division commanders and makes up for over 50% of Hezbollah’s total number of commanders in southern Lebanon. This is very significant.”

Today (Sunday, 7 July 2024) Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant held an operational situation assessment in the Hermon region, together with the Commander of Division 210, Commander of Brigade 188 and the Commanders of the battalions operating in the areas of the Hermon and Mount Dov.

Minister Gallant was briefed regarding Hezbollah’s aggression in this region and Iranian attempts to entrench its proxies in the Golan Heights. The Minister and troops discussed operations in addressing these threats.

Later in the day, Minister Gallant also held a discussion with the troops of Armored Battalion 53, regarding operations in Gaza and readiness to defend Israel against Hezbollah.

Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant:

“Your goal is to ensure your readiness and to erode the enemy’s [Hezbollah] capabilities.”

*“I gave a clear directive to the forces stationed in the south and in the north – these are two separate arenas. Even if we reach agreement for a hostage deal, and I very much hope that we will be able to achieve it – it does not bind us on what happens here, unless Hezbollah reaches a framework or agreement. Even if there is a ceasefire there [in the south], here [in the north] we will continue fighting and doing everything necessary to bring about the desired result [bringing Israeli communities home safely].”