Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Update

The Israeli army has called up reserve troops to invade Lebanon. Apparently, a 10 km buffer zone on Lebanese territory will be needed to protect the settlements of northern Israel.

From Haaretz, again:
"Olmert, who was to hold an emergency cabinet meeting later Wednesday, said the attack was not an act of terror but an attack by a sovereign state on Israel.
He [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert] said that Israel held the Lebanese government responsible for the attack, vowing that the Israeli response "will be restrained, but very, very, very painful."

Defense Minister Amir Peretz also said that the responsibility for the sharp escalation on Israel's northern border lies with the Lebanese government.

Senior Israel Defense Forces officers said Wednesday that "if the abducted soldiers are not returned we'll turn Lebanon's clock back 20 years."

I was told that the Lebanese government is closing the air- and sea ports in preperation for an invasion. A friend from the Beirut suburb Dahieh (majority Shia) says his father called to warn that Israel will attack there."

People are very tense; the army is out in full force.

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