A group of senators in the US Congress is drafting a bill that would give US President Joe Biden the ability to use force against Iranian-backed groups in the Middle East, including the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah. About this in an interview with Defense News told Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Policy Michael McCaul.
“We have to be prepared for that if Hezbollah does intervene,” he said, adding that the United States does not yet have the authority to attack Iran-backed militias.
Such permission is necessary in case the war between Israel and the Palestinian organization Hamas escalates into a wider regional conflict, as well as if Hezbollah “intensifies” its attacks on Israel, the publication says.
The IDF has been carrying out strikes on the Gaza Strip since October 7, after the Palestinian group Hamas began fighting against Israel. Against the backdrop of the militant attack, the IDF launched Operation Iron Swords, and the country went into a state of war. 300,000 reservists were also mobilized. According to the latest data, over 3,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis have died as a result of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
In a show of solidarity with the Palestinians, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah on the morning of October 8 fired at three Israeli posts in the area of the so-called Shebaa Farm in the northeast of the country, a disputed territory captured by Israel from Syria in 1967. Israel carried out retaliatory airstrikes against the positions of Lebanese militants. On October 9, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry stated that Hezbollah promised not to conduct military operations against Israel unless it begins to “persecute” Lebanon.