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Israel has made it clear that they will abide by the cease-fire only to the extent that their partners do the same. In a raid this morning, Israel killed three militants while stopping an arms transfer to Hezbollah:
Israel carried out an overnight raid inside Lebanon aimed at disrupting an arms transfer, the Israeli army says.
One soldier died and two were injured in the Bekaa Valley operation, it said. Lebanese sources earlier told Reuters agency that three militants also died.
The incident came hours after UN chief Kofi Annan warned of a "fragile" situation on the ground.
The Israeli commando raid took place near Baalbek, far to the north of Lebanon along the border with Syria. The IDF attacked the convoy and claimed that its mission objectives "were achieved".
Fuad Siniora, meanwhile, complained that Israel had committed a "naked violation" of the cease-fire agreement. Siniora may want to take care with that accusation. After all, it's his government that refuses to implement the key portion of the agreement: the disarming of Hezbollah. Israel has no real reason to abide by the cease-fire while Siniora hasn't the testicular fortitude to adhere to its provisions. This raid shows that Israel will not stand by while Siniora allows Hezbollah to garner even more arms.
If the Lebanese want to restart the war, they will find the Israelis more than willing to do so. Israel may count on precisely that reaction, as well as the inability of Siniora to enforce his end of the cease-fire agreement. If this cease-fire fails, the Israelis will have no further constraints by the UN and can take all the time necessary to complete their overall mission, and Siniora will have no way to stop it. All the crying in the world will not cover the fact that he had an opportunity to rid himself of Hezbollah and chose to endorse it instead.Sphere It View blog reactions
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