A top Israeli minister has threatened to return Lebanon “to the Stone Age” as he warned that his country would not stay silent against the Shia militant group Hezbollah. Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz also warned that his country would not hesitate to take action against Iran’s military presence in Lebanon if Tehran is found building missile facilities.

Katz’s sharp warning comes at a time when the war of words has been intensified in the volatile region, with multiple factions increasing their rhetoric. The issue stems from US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.