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Israel warns Hizbullah war would invite destruction

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  • Joseph M. Hochstein
    Reuters, via Ynetnews Israel warns Hizbullah war would invite destruction IDF Northern Command chief says in any future war Israel would use
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      Reuters, via Ynetnews

      Israel warns Hizbullah war would invite destruction

      IDF Northern Command chief says in any future war Israel would use '
      disproportionate' force on Lebanese villages from which Hizbullah will
      fire rockets at its cities. 'From our standpoint, these are not civilian
      villages, they are military bases,' Maj.-Gen. Eisenkot tells Yedioth
      Ahronoth

      Reuters
      Published: 10.03.08, 20:56 / Israel News
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3604893,00.html

      Israel would use "disproportionate" force to destroy Lebanese villages
      from which Hizbullah guerrillas fired rockets at its cities in any
      future war, an Israeli general said in remarks published on Friday.

      "What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in
      every village from which Israel is fired on," said Gadi Eisenkot, head
      of the army's northern division.

      Dahiya was a Hizbullah stronghold that Israel flattened in sustained air
      raids during a 34-day war with the Shiite group two years ago.

      "We will apply disproportionate force on it (village) and cause great
      damage and destruction there. From our standpoint, these are not
      civilian villages, they are military bases," Eisenkot told the Yedioth
      Ahronoth newspaper.

      "This is not a recommendation. This is a plan. And it has been
      approved," Eisenkot added.

      Some 1,200 Lebanese and 159 Israelis were killed during the war, which
      was sparked by a Hizbullah cross-border attack against an Israeli army
      patrol.

      'Hizbullah building capabilities against us'

      The army's failure to halt daily barrages of rockets against Israeli
      cities during the war prompted a wave of criticism of military
      commanders as well as calls on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign over
      his handling of the conflict.

      Israel accused Hizbullah of firing rockets from civilian homes in
      southern Lebanon during the war, a claim echoed by human rights groups
      who also accused Israel of using excessive force that claimed the lives
      of innocent civilians.

      Eisenkot said Hizbullah, backed by Iran and Syria, had significantly
      improved its rocket fire capability since the end of the war two years ago.

      He rejected accusations that Israel was violating a UN-brokered
      ceasefire by sending aircraft on reconnaissance flights over Lebanon,
      saying the aerial missions were necessary given that Iran and Syria
      continue to arm Hizbullah in breach of the UN truce.

      "Hizbullah is building capabilities against us that contravene the
      agreement signed by the Lebanese government at the end of the war," said
      Eisenkot. "Therefore there is legitimacy to continue the flights over
      southern Lebanon and over Lebanon in general."
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