Israel may have spared countless lives, billions of dollars, and a global show-down that would have drawn in every important player in the region and beyond.
What were those Hezbollah tunnels built for? Is there any doubt that they were to be used in the next war with Israel?
"Everyone understands how this war would have looked like if Hezbollah fighters managed to infiltrate into the Galilee regions."
"Only in the last 36 hours did the air force strike targets in Syria and we have proven that we will not stop the settlement of Iran in Syria." Netanyahu said.
IDF intelligence chief said deterrence, legitimacy were the keys to Operation Northern Shield.
‘We’ve thwarted Hezbollah invasion ambitions’
UNIFIL confirms existence of fourth underground cross-border passage
The material used to destroy the tunnels came out of the tunnel in several places in the southern Lebanese village of Kafr Kila, the IDF said.
"The IDF views the Lebanese government as responsible for the digging of the tunnels and for the consequences of its action," the IDF said.