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"Complete panic" is reigning in Lebanon because of fears of an Israeli attack and another war, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a closed meeting earlier this week, sources say.
Military censorship has prevented the publication of many details, but reporters and analysts in the foreign media have mentioned various types of arms that Israel says Syria has made available to Hezbollah. These include anti-aircraft missiles, Scuds, and in some reports, chemical weapons.
However, a number of Western intelligence agencies, including those of the United States, have expressed great doubts about the reliability of Israeli intelligence, or at least the analysis of the available data.
The reports and the public discussion have fed the panic in Lebanon. Haaretz has learned that Aboul Gheit explained in his closed meeting that because of the tensions in Beirut, he sent letters to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some of his counterparts in leading EU countries.
In the letters, Aboul Gheit asked Western countries to intervene with Israel to prevent a conflagration on its northern border.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak met yesterday with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He stressed that "the UN has a great role to play in blocking the transfer of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah."
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Fact is that Israel is WAY MORE POWERFUL than everything around them. Also they've got nukes.
Hezbollah is a joke. Syria is a joke. Egypt has a peace treaty. Iran is a joke.
Israel's nightmare is that if hostilities do break out once more, most likely if it launches pre-emptive strikes against Iran's nuclear infrastructure, the Jewish state's cities will come under an unprecedented bombardment from Hezbollah in the north, Hamas in the south, Syria in the east, as well as Iran.
That would be the first time that Israel had to fight an all-out war, in which its long-held military superiority would be of little value because the conflict would be fought at long range, not with tanks and infantry.
Its air force and Jericho ballistic missiles would go into action and would undoubtedly do much damage. But Israeli civilian casualties would likely be extremely heavy.
Israel would have its nuclear option. But dropping nuclear bombs or unleashing nuclear-tipped Jerichos would leave Israel open to a maelstrom of global condemnation and international isolation.
Originally posted by Peace Pipe
reply to post by Vitchilo
Wow those egyptians and lebanese are tough and smart. They keep poking a stick at the tiger, then when he growls they cower in a corner and start crying. They are such great men.
Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
reply to post by Peace Pipe
You should lay off the crack pipe. America isn't going to get bogged down in another war in the middle east.
10:03 U.S. official welcomes talks between Iran and IAEA (Reuters)
15:56 Jordan`s king warns that situation in Mideast could `explode` (DPA)
16:03 Iran VP: We are determined to broaden our ties with Syria (Haaretz)
Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
Israel would not survive if Lebanon, Hezbollah, Iran, Egypt, Syria banded together. Sorry but this isn't the 60's and 70's. Israel is not the same military power she once was. Israel would have to use nukes to get out of a conflict with those four countries.