Israel Invades Lebanon
- Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped By Hezbollah Backed By Syria and Iran -
European Union Criticizes Israel For Attack
July 13th 2006
Rice and Saniora
The Lebanese government has said it has no real control over the
Hezbollah guerillas that captured two Israeli soldiers on Wednesday.
Hezbollah has been a thorn in the side of many Lebanese. Past Lebanese
governments have insisted that replacing the guerrillas by Lebanese army
troops would be a mistake.
Some Lebanese say that replacing Hezbollah would be doing Israel a free
service by protecting their northern border from guerilla attacks. The
western-backed government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora has not yet
been able to disarm the guerillas of the Shiite Hezbollah. Many in the
West, including President Bush, fear the Israeli assault could cause the
fall of Lebanon's anti-Syrian government.
A few months ago, various factions met in central Beirut to discuss many
issues including the issue of disarming Hezbollah. The International
Herald Tribune reports that after the Israeli invasion “anyone calling
for disarming Hezbollah now risks being called a traitor.”
Some reports indicate that Israel invaded after the two soldiers were
kidnapped. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Israel had information
that the Lebanese guerrillas who captured the two Israeli soldiers were
trying to transfer them to Iran.
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Western nations are divided over the conflict. The European Union
criticized the Israeli response saying "The European Union is greatly
concerned about the disproportionate use of force by Israel in Lebanon
in response to attacks by Hezbollah on Israel. The presidency deplores
the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian
infrastructure. The imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon
cannot be justified."
Israel says they are not trying to hit
civilian targets, but Martin Fletcher of NBC News reported that Israeli
artillery is firing shells at least 80 miles into Lebanon. The
accuracy is questionable do to the long distances the shells travel.
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