Israel Warns Hizbullah Over Responding to Attack on Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/08/12)
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A senior Israeli military officer warned that any Hizbullah
retaliation to an attack on Iran´s nuclear facilities would prompt
Israel to launch a war in Lebanon.
The officer, who spoke to the British Telegraph on Sunday, said the
war would be so ferocious that it would take a decade to rebuild the
villages it destroys.
The warning comes after months of heightened speculation that the
Israeli government is considering unilateral military action against
Iran´s nuclear installations.
The officer urged the Lebanese people not to be drawn into a war for
which they, rather than Iran, would bear the brunt of Israel´s anger.
“The situation in Lebanon after this war will be horrible,” the
officer told the Telegraph. “They will have to think about whether
they want it or not. I hope that Iran will not push them into a war
that Iran will not pay the price for but that Lebanon will.”
The officer, who spoke to the Telegraph on condition of anonymity,
suggested that Israel had taken too cautious an approach in the
Second Lebanon War in 2006, leading to the deaths of dozens of
He said that no such mistake would be made in the next conflict,
especially as Hizbullah had built military sites in the center of
many villages and towns in southern Lebanon.
“In these villages where Hizbullah has infrastructure I will guess
that civilians will not have houses to come back to after the war,”
“The Lebanese government has to take this into consideration. Many of
the villages in southern Lebanon will be destroyed. Unfortunate, but
we will have no other solution. The day after (we attack) the village
will be something that it will take 10 years to rebuild.”
The officer said that the ongoing conflict in Syria has made it
easier for Hizbullah to smuggle weapons into Lebanon. He added that
there is concern that some of the Assad regime´s stockpile of
chemical weapons could end up in the group´s hands.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned that sophisticated weapons
could be transferred from Syria to Lebanon and to Hizbullah should
Assad fall.(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/08/12)
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