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compiled by Cem Ertür
4 August 2009
1) Lebanese President: Israeli Threats Create Urgency for Speedy Government Shape-Up (11 August 2009)
2) Netanyahu: Lebanese government is responsible for any attack from its area on Israel (10 August 2009)
3) Israeli Deputy FM: We will hold Hizbullah responsible for any harm to Israelis abroad (9 August 2009)
4) Israeli Defence Minister hints at another war with Lebanon (7 August 2009)
5) Hezbollah stockpiles 40,000 rockets near Israel border (5 August 2009)
6) Hezbollah rockets part of Iran and Israel’s political game of chess (5 August 2009)
7) Could Iran be plotting a Hizbollah offensive to take the heat off its leaders? (4 August 2009)
8) Nasrallah: Israel to strike Lebanon again (26 July 2009)
9) Lebanese President: Lebanon will use ‘all legitimate and available means’ against the Israeli threats (15 July 2009)
excerpts from: Suleiman: Israeli Threats Create Urgency for Speedy Government Shape-Up
Naharnet, 11 August 2009
The recent barrage of Israeli threats, which show the enemy’s hidden intentions toward Lebanon, calls on us to work hard to strengthen and close our ranks […] [in order] to form, as soon as possible, a national unity government that can overcome personal considerations and reflect Lebanese accord in the face of the looming danger
[Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, separate meetings with the Economy and Trade Minister Mohammed al-Safadi and State Minister Ali Qanso, 11 August 2009]
excerpt from: Netanyahu: Lebanon will pay if Hezbollah attacks
Haaretz, 10 August 2009
If Hezbollah joins the Lebanese government as an official entity, let it be clear that the Lebanese government, as far as we are concerned, is responsible for any attack — any attack — from its area on the state of Israel
[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 10 August 2009]
excerpt from: ‘If Hizbullah harms Israelis abroad it will pay a heavy price’
Jerusalem Post, 9 August 2009
If, god forbid, one hair on the head of an official Israeli representative, or an unofficial one, is harmed, we will view Hizbullah as responsible and it will suffer the consequences. And the consequences, as far as Hizbullah is concerned, will be very severe.
[Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, interview with Radio Israel, 9 August 2009]
excerpt from: Barak hints at another war with Lebanon
Press TV, 7 August 2009
We cannot accept that a neighboring UN member state should have in its government representatives of a militia that has more than 40,000 rockets.
[Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, 6 August 2009]
excerpt from: Hezbollah stockpiles 40,000 rockets near Israel border
by Richard Beeston and Nicholas Blanford, The Times, 5 August 2009
Brigadier-General Alon Friedman, the deputy head of the Israeli Northern Command, told The Times from his headquarters overlooking the Israeli-Lebanese border that the peace of the past three years could “explode at any minute”.
excerpt from: Analysis: Hezbollah rockets part of Iran and Israel’s political game of chess
by Richard Beeston, The Times, 5 August 2009
Israel has the political will and the military muscle to execute an attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities. The range may be beyond anything attempted by the Israeli Air Force, but Iran’s conventional forces are outdated and defences weak.
It is assumed that Arab states, whose airspace Israeli bombers and fighters would have to fly through to reach Iran, would secretly cooperate on a mission to blunt the Persian threat.
That is why Tehran is investing so heavily in its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. The Shia Muslim militia has rebuilt and strengthened its arsenal since the bloody war it fought with the Israelis in 2006. It has amassed tens of thousands of rockets and missiles capable of bombarding half the country.
Israeli planners have no doubt that should they make the fateful decision to attack Iran, they will provoke massive retaliation on an unprecedented scale. The most densely populated areas of the country would come under Hezbollah range, including Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ben Gurion, Israel’s only international airport.
Could Iran be plotting a Hizbollah offensive to take the heat off its leaders?
by Robert Fisk, Independent, 4 August 2009
excerpt from: Nasrallah: Israel to strike Lebanon again
Press TV, 26 July 2009
Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that the Israeli regime may launch another attack on Lebanon by the next spring.
In a meeting with Lebanese expatriates visiting the country, Nasrallah estimated that Israel would not remain inactive, but rather, initiate an aggression on the country “sometime between the end of this year and next spring”, Lebanese television channel al-Jadid reported on Saturday.
The prominent leader added that should Israel wage another war on his homeland, the Hezbollah movement would use new tactics and methods to repel the assault. He stressed that this time the group would not hesitate to attack Tel Aviv, if the southern suburbs of Beirut were hit.
excerpt from: Lebanon will use ‘all means’ against Israel
Press TV, 16 July 2009
Speaking at the opening session of a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit on Wednesday, [Lebanese President Michel] Suleiman reiterated that Lebanon has the right to defend itself against Israeli the threats and to liberate its lands occupied by Israel.
Suleiman slammed Israel’s daily violations of Lebanese territorial sovereignty and ‘its aggressive espionage acts in breach of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701’. […]
“Lebanon presented this summit with specific demands for the full and unconditional implementation of Resolution 1701, for the rejection of any form of Palestinian naturalization and for the preservation of (Lebanon’s) right to defend itself and liberate its land by all legitimate and available means,” he said.
from the archives:
excerpt from: Blue Star Rampage: Israel’s dress rehearsal for Lebanon
by Mike Whitney, Information Clearinghouse, 8 January 2009
The reason the rationale for invading Gaza keeps changing, (from rocket-fire to Hamas infrastructure to strengthening deterrents to weapons smuggling to ceasefire violations etc) is because the Israeli leadership wants to conceal the true objective. The purpose of “Operation Cast Lead” is to conduct a dress rehearsal for another invasion of Lebanon.
That’s the real goal. Israel has never recovered from its defeat at the hands of Hezbollah during the 33 Day war in 2006, so it is planning to restart hostilities. The attack on Gaza is just a “dry run” to strengthen morale and put the finishing touches on the battle plan. That’s why there’s such a disparity between the implicit risks of the current operation and its minuscule strategic gains.
It’s not really Hamas in the cross-hairs, but Hezbollah; and this time, Israel hopes to crush them with overwhelming force. The massive week-long aerial bombardment of Gaza; the pounding by heavy artillery units, and the deployment of elite troops and armored divisions, all presage a massive Normandy-type invasion of Lebanon with the probability of high casualties.
Preparing for a possible confrontation with Hizbullah
by Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post, 11 December 2008
“In the last war, we made a distinction between Hizbullah targets and Lebanese national targets […] Now that Hizbullah is in the government – with veto power in the cabinet – there is no longer a reason to make this distinction, since a Hizbullah attack against Israel is essentially a Lebanese attack against Israel. […] No village will be immune […] We will give them about a 12-hour warning, and then strike back” [a senior Israeli army general told the Jerusalem Post].
To prepare for another possible war with Hizbullah, the IDF has also drawn up operational plans that it believes will succeed in ending the battle – with a clear and decisive victory – in four or five days, not like last time. […]
In general terms, the plan consists of two stages. The first: to strike hard at Hizbullah infrastructure from the air, and to hope that this is devastating enough to force Hizbullah to end the war […] The second: to conduct a massive ground attack, probably up to the Litani River, […]
Israeli Air Force to train overseas for Iran strike operation (5 July 2009)
Israel holds drill simulating all-out war (21 May 2009)
CSIS report: Turkey would be the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran (16 March 2009)
Israeli bombardment of Lebanon between July 12 and August 6, 2006
source: Electronic Intifada [PDF Format 252K]