India Intelligence Report
 

   Israeli Incursions in Lebanon

 

 

  • Israel blames Lebanese Government for the capture of 2 soldiers

  • Bombs Lebanese targets and stages incursions

  • Called several reserves to service

In a serious escalation of violence in West Asia, Hezbollah terrorists abducted two Israeli soldiers and demanded the release of Palestinian women and children allegedly held prisoners Israel responded swiftly launching large-scale incursions into Lebanon. As Israeli planes bombed Hezbollah outposts and roads killing 2 civilians, the Jewish state called thousands of reserves into action signaling that it is going to launch a major offensive. Israel has also occupied areas of Gaza that it vacated last year after Hamas terrorists captured another soldier in a daring operation.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert blamed the Lebanese Government and described the Hezbollah action as an “act of war.” Olmert accused the Lebanese Government of shaking “regional stability” through the Hezbollah which is part of the Government. He promised a response “with great strength” that will include “very painful and far-reaching” action that will have a lasting impact.

In retaliation, Hezbollah rained dozens of Katyusha rockets and mortar bombs on Israeli border town of Shlomi and outposts in the disputed Shebba farms. They also claimed that its fighters had destroyed an Israeli tank attempting to cross the border and an Israeli military spokeswoman said there had been a number of civilian casualties and that it has asked civilians in its northern areas to stay inside concrete shelters.

Hezbollah is notorious for its 2000 operation capturing 3 Israeli soldiers who died during the operation. However, the Hezbollah managed to trade their bodies for the release of 430 Palestinians and Lebanese held in Israeli jails.

Security analysts fear that this operation can get out of hand as the Hezbollah is supported by Syria and Iran. While the Hezbollah action is also seen as a dramatic _expression of solidarity with the Palestinians, the Israeli action is seen by some as a ruse to create a large conflict to settle many issues at once including the continuing rocket attacks from Lebanon, a rowdy Hamas regime in Palestinian Territories, expose the Syrian link to Hezbollah, and by drawing Iran into the conflict force American involvement.

The US, EU, and Iran are already at odds with the suspected nuclear weapons program of that country. A recent package while being seen as “generous” is also not sticking with Iran which refuses to accept a deadline for its response. Of late it has been ballooning end of August as the time by which it will respond and there is suspicion that this is because of an impending nuclear test or the achievement of a significant nuclear weapons milestone.

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