Nawaf Moussawi, the chief of Hizbullah's Borders and Natural Resources Department, said in an August 17, 2023 show on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) that during the maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel, Hizbullah had been "on the brink of war," and this is why Israel ultimately "relinquished" control of waters it had considered to be part of its exclusive economic zone. He said that one of the mediators in the negotiations had warned him that Israel will completely destroy Lebanon if Hizbullah attacks it for drilling, and he responded that Hizbullah is prepared to bombard and destroy every corner of Israel and create millions of Israeli refugees. Moussawi also claimed that an Israeli official had in fact instructed his daughter to pack her suitcase and keep it under her bed for the event that war breaks out.
Nawaf Moussawi: "We were on the brink of war. Had we not reached the brink of war, the enemy would not have relinquished what it considers to be part of its sovereign exclusive economic zone.
"One of the international mediators said to us: 'The Israelis are going to drill [for natural gas], and if you fire a single bullet, they will completely demolish Lebanon.' Usually, I would reply: 'Okay, I will consult and give you an answer.'
"In this case, however, because the threat was so provocative, I said to him: 'Look, I have no doubt that the Israelis have the ability to destroy Lebanon, but I am telling you right now that you should prepare your airports to receive millions of Israeli refugees.
"We will bombard and destroy each and every corner of the Zionist entity. Get this into your head.'
"This is how far we got. We got to the point of... I remember the daughter of one of the main [Israeli] officials asked her father: 'Daddy, should I prepare my suitcase and be ready for the war?' He said to her: 'Yes, prepare it and put it under your bed.' We were all ready for a war to start at any moment."