Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud Beytenu) on Wednesday morning hinted that Israel’s hand was behind the air strike in Lebanon on Monday, writing on Facebook “Hezbollah missiles went up in smoke and (Hezbollah leader Hassan) Nasrallah is silent.”
Katz added “may those engaging in the work (of stopping Hezbollah) be blessed.”
Lebanese security sources told the local Daily Star that four Hezbollah terrorists were killed in the strike, which targeted two trucks carrying missiles and a missile launcher to Hezbollah warehouses from Syria.
Katz’s disclosure followed that of an unnamed official, who on Tuesday told Time magazine that Israel executed the strike to prevent delivery of missiles able to carry warheads heavier and more dangerous than almost all of Hezbollah’s current massive arsenal.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained elusive on the topic on Tuesday in a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where he said “we are doing everything that is necessary in order to defend the security of Israel.”
Asked about the air strike, Netanyahu remarked “we will not say what we’re doing or what we’re not doing.”
The strike took place near the town of Nabi Sheet, a bastion of Hezbollah and the suspected site of a Hezbollah weapons storehouse and training camp.
Israel has occasionally taken action to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons from Syria into Lebanon where they can be used against Israel by Hezbollah, which has in the past peppered Israel with missiles. Last October, Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the northern Syrian city of Latakia