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The Israeli prime minister has sought to calm fears that a conflict with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement could be imminent.

Binyamin Netanyahu’s office on Saturday issued a statement saying that Israel was not seeking war in its northern neighbor, after a cabinet minster had earlier warned that an attack was a “matter of time”.

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu clarifies that Israel is not seeking any conflict with Lebanon … Israel seeks peace with Lebanon and all its neighbors,” the statement read.

Yossi Peled, an Israeli cabinet minister and former army general, said on Saturday that another confrontation with Hezbollah was almost inevitable.

“In my estimation, understanding and knowledge it is almost clear to me that it is a matter of time before there is a military clash in the north,” Peled said on Israeli military radio. Al Jazeera

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