Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has admitted that officials lied in the past about the existence of Hezbollah terror tunnels for security purposes, also touching on the announcement of Operation Northern Shield.
Below are some of Moshe Ya’alon’s quotes on the matter.
“My comments two years ago that there are no tunnels in the north was a lie in order to preserve the security of the state. I didn’t want Hezbollah to know that we knew.” – Moshe Ya’alon, i24NEWS, 6 December 2018
“There’s an exaggeration in the way it [Operation Northern Shield] was presented, and I hope that doesn’t hurt us.” – Moshe Ya’alon, The Times of Israel, 6 December 2018
“But the decision [to do it] was professionally made and came from within the military.” – Moshe Ya’alon, The Times of Israel, 6 December 2018