The Israeli prime minister issued a warning on Tuesday to the leaders of Hezbollah, Iran, and Lebanon, telling them to "be careful of what they say and watch their actions".
In particular, Netanyahu singled out Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, urging him “to calm down” amid the latter's warning of an imminent response to the crash of two Israeli UAVs near Hezbollah’s headquarters in the suburbs of Beirut.
"I heard what Nasrallah said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He knows well that Israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies", Netanyahu said in a speech.
On Sunday, two Israeli drones crashed near Hezbollah’s headquarters, causing significant damage to the press service building and injuring three people.
Lebanon decried the incident as an Israeli "attack" on the country's sovereignty. Beirut has long condemned Israel for violating the sovereignty of the nation by conducting raids in Lebanese airspace.
Israel, in its turn, views Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation and one of its principal adversaries in the region.
Moreover, Israel confirmed on Sunday that it had carried out airstrikes on what it referred to as "Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militia targets" in Syria to foil a purported attack by multiple drones on the Jewish state.
A senior Iranian official has denied that the country’s forces were hit in the air raid.