AFP - Israel is ready for any development on its northern border with Lebanon, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday in a veiled warning to Hezbollah as the Jewish state launched a ground offensive in Gaza.
"While we are fighting in Gaza, we will keep an open eye on the sensitive situation on our northern border," he said.
"We hope the situation will remain calm, nevertheless we are ready and alert to face any unwarranted development in that area."
Two weeks after the last major Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip in June 2006 Lebanon's Hezbollah militia carried out a deadly cross-border raid in Israel's north during which it seized two soldiers.
In response Israel launched a war on Hezbollah that lasted 34 days and killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.