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.