‘Damn proud’ of Blocking ceasefire

More proof, if more was needed that the real reason for war was to destroy the threat of Hezbollah.  That threat being that Hezbollah are capable of defending themselves and standing up to and discouraging Israeli aggression [1].  A problem they believed was only going to get worse in the future.  It was also probable that this was intended to be the beginning of a wider conflict with Israel/USA picking off weaker allies before commiting to an attack on Iran.  This wider conflict is also still possible [2].

[1] Independence and the ability to defend themselves is no good reason for Israel to destroy Lebanon. 

[2] Fanonite – AIPACs war and its bugle boy

Bolton admits Lebanon truce block


Israeli bombing in Tyre

Israel was criticised for bombing Lebanese civilian centres

A former top American diplomat says the US deliberately resisted calls for a immediate ceasefire during the conflict in Lebanon in the summer of 2006. Former ambassador to the UN John Bolton told the BBC that before any ceasefire Washington wanted Israel to eliminate Hezbollah’s military capability.

Mr Bolton said an early ceasefire would have been “dangerous and misguided”.

He said the US decided to join efforts to end the conflict only when it was clear Israel’s campaign wasn’t working.

Israel was reacting in its own self-defence and if that meant the defeat of the enemy, that was perfectly legitimate under international law

John Bolton

The former envoy, who stepped down in December 2006, was interviewed for a BBC radio documentary, The Summer War in Lebanon, to be broadcast in April.

Mr Bolton said the US was deeply disappointed at Israel’s failure to remove the threat from Hezbollah and the subsequent lack of any attempt to disarm its forces.

Britain joined the US in refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire.

‘Damn proud’

The war began when Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers, but it quickly escalated into a full-scale conflict.

BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall says the US-UK refusal to join calls for a ceasefire was one of the most controversial aspects of the diplomacy.

British, US and Israeli ambassadors at the UN, August 2006

The UK, US and Israeli were alone in resisting an early ceasefire

At the time US officials argued a ceasefire was insufficient and agreement was needed to address the underlying tensions and balance of power in the region.

Mr Bolton now describes it as “perfectly legitimate… and good politics” for the Israelis to seek to defeat their enemy militarily, especially as Hezbollah had attacked Israel first and it was acting “in its own self-defence”.

Mr Bolton, a controversial and blunt-speaking figure, said he was “damned proud of what we did” to prevent an early ceasefire.

Also in the BBC programme, several key players claim that, privately, there were Arab leaders who also wanted Israel to destroy Hezbollah.

“There were many not – how should I put it – resistant to the thought that the Israelis should thoroughly defeat Hezbollah, who… increasingly by Arab states were seen as an Iranian proxy,” said UN special envoy Terje Roed Larsen.

More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians and an unknown number of Hezbollah fighters were killed in the conflict.

Israel lost 116 soldiers in the fighting, while 43 of its civilians were killed in Hezbollah rocket attacks.



Israelis Kidnap Lebanese Teenager (in Lebanon)

March 2, 2007
Houla, South LebanonSource: Mahmoud El Hajj, a 15 year old Lebanese from the town of Houla, South Lebanon was kidnapped this morning by Israeli troops.Israeli forces crossed the border into Lebanon, near the Sheikh Abbad Shrine, seized the teenager, and rushed back into Israel before the Lebanese Army or UNIFIL could respond.

افاد مندوب “الوكالة الوطنية للاعلام” في مرجعيون سامر وهبي “ان قوات الاحتلال الاسرائيلي اختطفت بعد ظهر اليوم المواطن محمود حسين الحاج من بلدة حولا.

وفي التفاصيل ان الحاج(15 عاما) كان يقود دراجته النارية عند توجهه قرابة الواحدة من بعد الظهر الى محيط موقع العباد من الجانب اللبناني عند الاطراف الشرقية لبلدة حولا، وتجول قرب موقع الكتيبة الاندونيسية العاملة في اطاراليونيفل، ثم توجه سيرا على الاقدام الى مقام الشيخ العباد عندما اجتاز عدد من الجنود الاسرائيليين الشريط الشائك، متجاوزين الخط الازرق باتجاه الاراضي اللبنانية واقدموا على اختطاف الحاج ونقله الى الجانب الاسرائيلي على مرأى من الجنود الاندونيسيين وما يزال مصيره مجهولا.

واكدت قوات الطوارئ في مركز الناقورة حصول خرق اسرائيلي للشريط الحدودي حيث تم تجاوزه لبضعة امتار والاقدام على خطف الفتى.

بيان ل “اليونيفل”

وفي بيان مقتضب للمكتب الاعلامي لقوات الطوارىء الدولية العاملة في الجنوب قبل قليل جاء فيه :” ان الجيش الاسرائيلي اكد لليونيفيل انه احتجز رجلا اليوم الجمعة في المنطقة المحاذية للشريط التقني شرق بلدة حولا الحدودية , وان اليونيفيل تتابع الوضع مع الجيش اللبناني والجيش الاسرائيلي”

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Lebanese fire at Israeli aircraft

Lebanon’s military says it has fired anti-aircraft rounds against Israeli jet fighters violating its airspace. The aircraft were flying at low altitude over southern Lebanon, but none appear to have been hit.

It is reported to be the first time the Lebanese military has fired at the Israeli aircraft, which make regular sorties over southern Lebanon.

Beirut and the United Nations say the flights violate a ceasefire agreement sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

Israel says the sorties are to make sure that weapons are not being smuggled into southern Lebanon to re-supply Hezbollah militants.

The UN says the flights undermine the efforts of its peacekeepers to maintain stability in the area.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day conflict in 2006, in which Israeli air power caused massive destruction to south Lebanon. Fighting ended in August under the terms of the UN ceasefire resolution.