CRACK Israeli troops are in a standoff with Iran-backed terror groups amid fears the war with Hamas will spread across the region.
I saw tanks and infantry positioned along Lebanon’s northern border – just meters from where Hezbollah’s missile teams fight daily battles.
An Israeli commander within sight of the border told me: “This is where the real war will take place.”
“The war in Gaza is nothing compared to what could happen here. This will be different and take much longer.
“Hezbollah is a real army – much larger than Hamas, better trained and better equipped.”
We spoke in the hills above the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona.
There is a clear view of border villages that Hezbollah fighters use as cover for firing rockets.
Just 48 hours after my visit to the evacuated city, six rockets struck and caused a fire.
The Israeli commander said his troops destroyed a Hezbollah rocket unit that fired on his base 10 times.
He said, “We got them out.”
Israel uses drones and jets against Hezbollah.
And Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stoked tensions today by saying Israel’s attack on Gaza had “crossed the red lines.”
He gave a chilling warning that it “could force anyone to take action”.