Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that war is not imminent on Israel's northern border, despite an exchange of warnings between Israel and the Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah.
Netanyahu spoke while touring an Israeli Air Force base, just one day after he said that Israel would hold the Lebanese government accountable for any attacks on Israel by Hezbollah, a suggestion that Israel would strike Lebanon's power grids and other infrastructure targets in a future conflict.
The prime minister's Tuesday remarks seem designed to reduce tension, and he didn't mention any recent military moves in southern Lebanon. "We haven't identified anything special, there are no winds of war up there," Netanyahu said. "There is only a media storm, not a [real] one."
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman urged Lebanon's political leaders to form a government quickly in order to "unite the ranks" against the threats coming from Israel. Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has been trying to form a government for six weeks, following his party's victory in parliamentary elections in June. Hariri would like to bring Hezbollah into his coalition.
Earlier, Hezbollah spokesman Ammar Mousawi warned that if another war erupts between Israel and Hezbollah, his group will be stronger than it was in the Second Lebanon War of 2006.
Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Ynet News