Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned Iran and its Lebanese Shia proxy, the militant Hezbollah group, that Israel "knows how to defend itself and how to pay back its enemies."
Netanyahu's remarks came in response to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's threats to retaliate against an Israeli airstrike in Syria that killed two Hezbollah members. Netanyahu said he heard the threats saying: "I suggest that Nasrallah relax."
He also sent a message to Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whom Israel accuses of masterminding a drone attack from Syria that it thwarted with its airstrike.
"Be careful with your words and even more so be careful with your actions," Netanyahu said.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006. The Israel-Lebanese border has been mostly calm since then.