As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to involve itself in the war further. Furthermore, Nasrallah stated that the Lebanese militia was actively fighting Israeli troops at the Israel-Lebanon border.
Hezbollah is a Shia Islamist political party and militant group and is one of Israel's opposing military forces. The militia has spent the last few weeks firing rockets at Israel, hitting Israeli military targets and--according to the Israeli military--killing seven soldiers and one civilian.
“Some say I’m going to announce that we have entered the battle,” said Nasrallah. “We already entered the battle on Oct. 8.”
Nasrallah has made public statements praising the Hamas invasion that killed 1,400 people, and Hamas has made repeated requests for Hezbollah to fully involve itself in the war.
In response to Nasrallah's threatening statements, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Hezbollah leader, stating, “Don’t test us.” He continued by saying that Israel would "exact a price you can’t even imagine."
Speaker Mike Johnson (R) has passed one of the first major bills of his term. However, his bill that includes foreign aid for Israel is expected to be vetoed by President Joe Biden (D).
Rep. Johnson's $14.3 billion bill is set to send aid to Israel, as it defends itself from the terrorist organization Hamas, but does not include aid to Ukraine, which is currently fighting a war against Russia. The Biden administration has called for a $106 billion package that would send funds to both Ukraine and Israel, as well as other programs.
The bill was largely backed by the GOP, with 12 Democrats voting in favor of the bill and two Republicans voting against it. Nevertheless, the foreign aid bill attracted a lot of criticism from many lawmakers for not meeting the desires of some in Congress. Many of those in Congress want to continue to help Ukraine defend itself from Russian attacks and believe it is important. Some conservative lawmakers, however, view the two issues as separate.