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Israel has handed Lebanon an ultimatum. Before a line can be drawn on the Lebanese-Israeli clash which flared Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Lebanese Army 9th Brigade commander responsible for sending snipers to shoot at Israeli troops clearing brush on their side of the border and killing Lt. Col. (Res.) Dov Harari, must be dismissed or court-martialed,
UNIFIL carried a warning to Beirut that if the Lebanese army failed to punish the officer, Israel would deem it an enemy force and feel free to destroy its military positions along their border.
Far from winding down the Lebanese-Israel border crisis, the Israeli ultimatum looks more like the opening move for the next round. The Beirut government is not expected in Jerusalem, Washington or Naqura to punish the Shiite 9th Brigade officer lest Hizballah throw its weight behind him and canonize him as a national Shiite hero. Israel will then feel free to exercise its options for the Lebanese act of aggression.
Time is rushing toward another flashpoint: Hizballah's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, has threatened to pass the buck for the five-year old assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri to Israel to ease the pressure of guilt preying on his own organization. He promises to present "proof" of Israeli secret service complicity at a press conference on Monday, August 9.
Accompanied by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Assad attended an urgent summit with Lebanese leaders to discuss an upcoming report by a UN inquiry into the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
The report is said to implicate Hizbullah in Hariri’s murder and may even include indictments against senior figures in the terrorist movement, such as its secretary-general, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.
Since Hizbullah is closely allied with both Syria and Iran, this will necessarily incriminate Damascus and Teheran, if only by association.
And if the report does tarnish Hizbullah, it will be a blow to the two countries’ interests in Lebanon, where both have sought for decades to assert their influence and create some strategic depth.
Undoubtedly, therefore, Nasrallah, Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are all of one mind on how best to deal with this rather sticky situation.
And what better way is there to divert the world’s attention than to kindle some bloody gunplay with the Jewish state?
Even if Tuesday’s clash proves to be an isolated incident, it nonetheless advances Syrian and Iranian interests.
By demonstrating that they can easily spark a conflagration at will, Damascus and Teheran are sending a timely reminder to Israel and the US that they won’t hesitate to turn up the temperature in the region to forestall a possible future military raid against Iranian nuclear installations.
Originally posted by Nomad451
Do we have anymore confirmed sources about this or is it just "debka"?
Correct me if I'm wrong but don't they spew dis-information all the time?
Originally posted by illusive man
reply to post by john124
Israel banging the Drums of war
they couldnt take out hezbullah, how will they take on a united country
court martial and dimiss, how many of its soliders has Israel court martialed for killed civilians on purpose and so on
what a bunch of morons.
correct me if i am wrong,
didnt israel start pruning trees to place cameras on the boarders?
Originally posted by john124
Could Hezbollah be trying to start a war with Israel by infiltrating the regular Lebanese army, as to prevent civil war if they are responsible for the assassination 5 years ago?..... unless they do have proof they are releasing next Monday of Israeli connections....