Barak: Hezbollah continues targeting Jews (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 03/19/12)
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Hezbollah plans to continue attacks on Jewish targets abroad, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee on Monday.
Although recent attacks have failed, Hezbollah is likely to continue
its attempts, he said.
According to Barak, Israeli deterrence is still strong in Lebanon. At
the same time, Hezbollah is continuing to obtain many rockets of
The defense minister also pointed out that Iran funds, and in some
cases initiates, terror attacks around the world.
Israel will hold the Lebanese government responsible for any
escalation with Hezbollah, he added, in light of the fact that the
terrorist organization is a significant player in Lebanese politics.
“Unlike in 2006 (the Second Lebanon War), when we avoided state
targets, we will not hesitate to attack – in accordance with
international law – Lebanese national infrastructures with all our
power,” Barak said.
Barak also spoke about the possibility of attacking Iran, saying that
its nuclear sites will soon enter an “immunity zone,” rendering
a “surgical attack” impossible.
While sanctions are important and harm the Iranian economy, they have
yet to convince Tehran to change its nuclear program, he added.
“If Iran gains military nuclear capabilities, a conflict with them
will be longer, more complicated and cost more in human life and
resources,” Barak stated.
In reference to last week’s rocket attacks from Gaza, the defense
minister said that Israel has increased deterrence, and Islamic Jihad
has been significantly weakened.
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz criticized
Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for speaking
irresponsibly about Iran.
“We do not need so many details in the newspaper, stop the chatter,”
Barak praised the Iron Dome rocket defense system and its
capabilities, which he said protects citizens and gives the
government more space to make decisions. The IDF plans to purchase
more Iron Dome batteries sooner than planned and continue developing
the Magic Wand defense system, which will stop mid-range missiles.
At the same time, the Iron Dome cannot replace a military operation,
Barak added, and the IDF must always have the ability to stop its
enemies on the battlefield. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/19/12)
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