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Israel Lifts Naval Blockade Of Lebanon

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posted on Sep, 8 2006 @ 11:22 AM
After almost two months, Israel has finally recalled its warships from the blockade on Lebanon's coast. European peacekeeping vessels are now in place to patrol for any possible arms shipments to Hezbollah. The blockade was costing the nation tens of millions of dollars daily, further hindering its efforts to rebuild the infrastructure that was destroyed by the IDF during the conflict. Israel ended its aerial restrictions yesterday, and has only to remove the last of its troops from the Southern border zone to be replaced by UN peacekeepers.

Israel turned over monitoring of Lebanon's coast to Italian naval vessels, who "will continue to enforce the international embargo against the supply of armaments to Hezbollah," Israeli government spokeswoman Miri Eisin said.

"The force is now operational and I understand that the (Israeli) naval blockade is lifted," Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini Pellegrini, the force's French commander, said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press. "The blockade has seriously undermined the Lebanese economy and it is high time for it to end so as to allow the people to get back to their business."

In related news, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has signaled that Israel might cede disputed territory to Lebanon if the Lebanese carry out all provisions of the cease-fire agreement, including disarming Hezbollah

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Well thankfully the Prime Minister has taken these steps to alleviate any further hardships on the citizens of Lebanon.

I also find it quite graceful that the Prime minister is offering the return of occupied Lebanese lands if the Hezbollah is disarmed. Perhaps this may be an incentive for them to reach an accord seeing as Israel will no longer be occupying anymore of their land?

Only time will tell.

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posted on Sep, 8 2006 @ 08:57 PM
So lets just say theoretically that Hezbollah does agree to disarm in return for these lands and a long awaited official UN peace accord. The majority assimilate into the national military and citizenry peacefully. ANd let us also suppose the few fanatics that just refuse to accept this are dealt with by their former brothers in arms and fellow countrymen.

How would Iran respond to such an action? Do they hold the power to refuse Hezbollah from doing such a thing? Would they retaliate? Or would they be hapy Israel is actually trying to make amends?

This next point is direted to my fellow Christians, but anyone is welcome to reply to it.

An interesting thing to point out is, if these lands are returned, and Olmert does go ahead with the West Bank pullout would that not put Israel closer to full peace with their neighbors??

Is this not what has been mentioned as the beginning of the tribulation in the bible?


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