Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Israel: Tres Pain for Lebanon

According to the AP, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert called today's Hezbollah raid an "act of war" by Lebanon and warned of "very, very, very painful" retribution. Hezbollah's incursion into Israel after firing rockets into northwestern Israeli communities resulted in the capture of two Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah head Sheik Hassan Nasrallah stated, "The capture of the two soldiers could provide a solution to the Gaza crisis." Nasrallah indicated that he would free the two soldiers only in a prisoner swap: he added that he was not averse to including Israel's Cpl. Gilad Shalit who was captured in Gaza on June 25, 2006. In the past Israel has made such prisoner exchanges but usually has waited for a significant time after the abductors made their demands. Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz stated that if the Israeli soldiers were not released, the military would attack infrastructure and "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years."


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