Monday, October 23, 2006

Israel to bomb Europeans

Sources in the Israeli military say that Israel would bomb Unifil sites in southern Lebanon if Israeli warplanes are intercepted.
An Israeli newspaper, Maarif, reported on Sunday that the statements came after several European countries which have been putting pressure on Israel to stop its violation of Lebanese air space.

Israel claims it will carry on breaking international law and humiliating Lebanon by infringing its airspace.

Amir Peretz, the defence minister, was said to have told the weekly cabinet meeting: "The Lebanese government is weak so we can do what we like and if the European troops try to stop us we will slaughter them also."

“As long as we feel like it, we have no intention of stopping the flights over Lebanon."

Israel has continued to carry out flights over Lebanese territory despite a UN-brokered ceasefire since August 14.

The flights have been increasingly criticised, with France - which currently heads the UN peacekeepers in Lebanon - speaking out last Friday against the violations.

Michele Alliot-Marie, the French defence minister, told reporters at United Nations headquarters at the time: "These violations are extremely dangerous because they may be felt as hostile by forces of the coalition that could be brought to retaliate in case of self-defence and it would be a very serious incident."

“ Peretz said on Sunday that the purpose of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil), was to act against Hezbollah and letb Israel do as it likes.

"Unifil is meant to act against Hezbollah and not against Israel," he said. "Israel's security is more important than the security of Lebanon.

On July 27, Israeli warplanes bombed a UN observation centre in southern Lebanon and killed four observers and they say they will do so again.


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