Friday, August 04, 2006
Hezbollah not to blame for the war; Bush and Blair knew in advance of the Israeli plans to invade Lebanon.
Prior to July 2006, the border between Israel and Lebanon was relatively quiet. There had been no major incidents in the six years after Israel ended its 22 year-occupation in May 2000.
According to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), there were minor skirmishes caused by the almost daily Israeli invasion of Lebanese airspace.
In 2003 Israeli Brigadier General Meir Caliphi said that northern Israel was witnessing its most peaceful periods in years.
'When compared to other parts of the country, the north is flourishing,' he said.
He said the only real activity from Hezbollah was when Israeli planes invaded Lebanese airspace and they fired anti-aircraft guns. Only two civilians sustained minor injuries as a result of the shelling, he said.
Source: Hezbollah not to blame for war, reports show
On 12 July, 2006, two Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanon.
It all started on July 12 when Israel troops were ambushed on Lebanon's side of the border with Israel. Hezbollah, which commands the Lebanese south, immediately seized on their crossing. They arrested two Israeli soldiers, killed eight Israelis and wounded over 20 in attacks inside Israeli territory. [Asia Times 7/15/06]
The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to look for them. The forces were trying to keep the soldiers' captors from moving them deeper into Lebanon, Israeli government officials said on condition of anonymity. [Forbes 7/12/06]
On 12 July 2006, CNN reported Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah calling for 'direct negotiations' aimed at freeing prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for the two Israeli soldiers arrested by Hezbollah.
There are reportedly 9,000 prisoners being illegally held in Israeli jails, including women and under-age children, that have never faced charges or trial. Some have been held for more than thirty years.
Israel has gone into Southern Lebanon to get control of water supplies.
Israel can increase its water supply by approximately 40% if it has continued access to the Litani river through permanent occupation of southern Lebanon.
"If the water resources in your country are rapidly decreasing, and the neighbouring country has an intact water supply... and if you think that in the future you will need the other countries water supply... then you will not attack that country saying you need their water.
"If you attack that country you will do so for another reason, hiding your real objective behind a wall of deception and lies. Israel has always had water problems.
"Today, in 2006, Israel lives with increasing water shortages and a rapidly decreasing supply of fresh water. The river Jordan may run dry within the next two years, because of the vast amount of water being drawn from the river by the people living in the area."
Source: The Israeli Lebanon Water Wars
The Israeli attack on Lebanon had been many months in the planning. Bush and Blair knew in advance of the Israeli plans and did nothing to stop them.
John Kampfner, in the New Statesman, 7th August 2006, writes:
I am told that the Israelis informed George W Bush in advance of their plans to "destroy" Hezbollah by bombing villages in southern Lebanon. The Americans duly informed the British. So Blair knew. This exposes as a fraud the debate of the past week about calling for a ceasefire.
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