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Israel to UN and Lebanon: War Resumes if Hezbollah not Disarmed

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Israel will resume its offensive against Hezbollah if it does not disarm. From the Jerusalem Post:

The IDF will have to resume operations in Lebanon if the expanded United Nations force being assembled does not fulfill its obligation to dismantle Hizbullah, an official in the Prime Minister's Office warned on Tuesday.


Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah reportedly reached a deal allowing Hizbullah to keep its weapons but refrain from exhibiting them in public. Israeli officials called the arrangement a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which passed over the weekend and was approved on Sunday by the cabinet.

"The resolution is clear that Hizbullah needs to be removed from the border area, embargoed and dismantled," the official said. "If the resolution is not implemented, we will have to take action to prevent the rearming of Hizbullah. I don't think backtracking will serve any useful purpose. There has to be pressure on Hizbullah to disarm or there will have to be another round."

Rounds are for boxing. This is war. Israel needs to finish the job.

And Kofi Annan and his band of useless men prove that the only thing the UN can achieve is irrelevance. Annan once again refuses to enforce the UN's resolution:

Annan angered Israeli officials when he told Channel 2 on Tuesday that "dismantling Hizbullah is not the direct mandate of the UN," which could only help Lebanon disarm the organization. Annan upset officials further when he said that deploying international forces in Lebanon would take "weeks or months," and not days as expected.

Captain Ed couldn't be more right on Kofi Annan's failed leadership:

None of us who follow the UN and Kofi Annan experienced any sort of surprise when he demurred from actually enforcing a Security Council resolution. His insistence that the UN has no real interest in the question of Hezbollah disarmament may seem shocking, since the Security Council has now twice demanded it, but it comes as a piece to the record of UN peacekeeping under his regime, first as the head of peacekeeping and now as Secretary-General. UN forces sent to keep "peace" have almost without exception fled from terrorists and genocidists, only standing firm when under NATO or US/UK command.

Update: Israel is saying it won't withdraw unless the Lebanese army deploys to Southern Lebanon.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would stop withdrawing from south Lebanon unless Lebanese troops moved there within days, as diplomats worked on plans for a stronger U.N. force to bolster the truce with Hizbollah guerrillas.


The Lebanese cabinet will order an immediate army deployment in the south when it meets later in the day, a senior political source said, adding that a 15,000-strong force would start taking up positions south of the Litani River, about 20 km (13 miles) from the Israeli border, on Thursday.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, holding talks in Beirut, urged Lebanon to send the army south rapidly to move alongside U.N. peacekeepers into areas vacated by the Israelis.

"The withdrawal of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) within 10 days is dependent upon the deployment of the Lebanese army," Israel's army chief Dan Halutz told parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, according to a spokesman.

"If the Lebanese army does not move down within a number of days to the south ... the way I see it, we must stop our withdrawal," Halutz said.


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Comments (10)

Not to worry about any more... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Not to worry about any more wars. The dimorats have came out with their position for the future. The wimpy knoneicanwi (Sen and former presidential canidiate from Ohio) spelled out the new direction when they win in 2008. They will pull out of Iraq and commit more money to police, fire and rescue. I guess they want us (I'm part of fire/rescue) to be well equipped to pick up the pieces of bodies from the hundreds of terrorists attacks they are willing accept to get their way. They could care less how many millions die as long as they're in charge and have denyability. They can always blame it on Bush. Why would even the dimorats let an idiot like that go on national TV and make an a** of all of them. He did an outstanding job of it.

You all are being too hard ... (Below threshold)

You all are being too hard on poor little old Kofi Annan.

Annan is just a front man for the concensus at the UN. Somebody's got to do the job, if he doesn't, someone else most assuredly will.

He's just a guy trying to make a few dollars.

Someone willing to sell his soul...

Olmert's acceptance of 1701... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Olmert's acceptance of 1701 gives him the moral high ground, since Nasrallah clearly won't abide by the resolution. That must be true, since I have heard not one word from the media of Nasrallah reneging.

So we can all expect the media to simply state that Israel has resumed its offensive in Lebanon without the little detail that neither the UN nor Hezbollah will live up to 1701.

What a farce. Can't this g... (Below threshold)
Davidllin:

What a farce. Can't this general see that the Lebonese army, whether it arrives or not, is not going to disarm the terrorists. Their fearless leader has already said as much. What is he thinking? And if they do come down and stay for about two weeks, until he leaves, what is he going to do then? I can't wait to see Israel reinvade Lebanon next month when pigs will fly next to their F16's. All Hezbollah has to do is sit tight until the holidays. Daily media reports about Israel bombing buildings and infrastructure in Lebanon will be their mode of attack until then. What a rout. John "this is a new UNIFIL" Bolton should be really proud of himself. Somebody send him a picture of Neville Chamberlain to hang on his wall.

Hmmmm.This is goin... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

This is going from bad to farce.

Olmert is already in enormous amounts of political trouble for having bungled this operation. If he now thinks the Israelis are going to support him leading forces back into Lebanon then he has been smoking crack cocaine. Already a lot of Israelis are talking about opening an inquiry that can, and probably will, result in many people being dismissed from the IDF and the Israeli government service. One of them being very likely: Olmert.

I don't believe for a moment that the Israeli people or the IDF troops themselves would be willing to give Olmert a second chance. If he does try to move the IDF back into Lebanon I think we'll see a vote of "no confidence" almost immediately.

I agree with Dr. John - Olm... (Below threshold)

I agree with Dr. John - Olmert has the high ground here. Nasrallah and Sanoria blew it by tipping the fact they have NO INTENTION of abiding by any of the terms of the UNSCR. Heck, one account even said Nasrallah's CONDITION for Hezbollah to hide their weapons is that the Lebanese army wouldn't look for, sieze, or destroy any caches of weapons, missiles or ammo - and it was ACCEPTED.

Olmert is political toast now. This is his ONLY chance to redeem himself.

"Hey, we tried to negotiate in good faith. It is now evident the other side has only bad faith. I am instructing our forces to resume operations."

I doubt seriously he WILL do it, but the alternative is admitting a huge political victory for the terrorists, supported and ratified by their sympathizers in the UN, despite their heavy losses in men and material.

I have a questionIsa... (Below threshold)
Liz:

I have a question
Isarelies are willing to sacrifice physical, economical, social, political, environmental and psychological pain and loss - for themselves as well as puting others at risk for it - in a war which motives revolves around a few often repeated motives:
The securing of the two Israeli soldiers captured July 12
The establishment of a security zone bringing security

If this is the case, why was a military campaign-of this scop if not larger-planned long before the capturing of the soldiers, and why were there already talk in Isral media quoting officials in effect saying that the next Hezbollah move would be the "trigger"?
And why-talking about the security zone-if the border area population security is a motive are towns and villages in which precisely this populationm lives without shelters and sirens?

Such cirucmstances hollows out the Israeli rationale in the eyes of people around the world, and therefore I would like someone to comment-in a civilized manner, please.
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drjohn said: "Olmert's a... (Below threshold)
Lee:

drjohn said: "Olmert's acceptance of 1701 gives him the moral high ground, since Nasrallah clearly won't abide by the resolution."

I agree, and it was necessary to gain that moral high ground against mounting international pressure against Israel.

I haven't heard the fat lady sing yet. Put away the rope. The lynching of Olmert is way premature. This war is far from over - all we have now is a cease fire and a call for specific actions on the part of Hezzbollah. If they fail to comply Israel will, I suspect, resume their efforts. And this pressure on Olmert from inside Israel is what he needs also to quell the growing anti-war movement internal to his country.

Managing a democracy is tricky - just look at how badly the republicans have mangled things in our country for ample examples of this. The country was solidly behind the war on terror - until the republicans decided they didn't want to actually engage the true enemy, and went off spending american lives and $320 billion fighting Saddam in Iraq....but I digress...

Hmmm.1. <blockquot... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

1.

I agree, and it was necessary to gain that moral high ground against mounting international pressure against Israel.

Complete and utter nonsense.

There is nothing that Israel could do, aside from being destroyed by an Iranian nuclear weapon, that could at all attain it the "moral high ground". In the eyes of the liberals Israel is always at fault.

If you dispute this then why don't you provide examples of when Israel has ever had the "moral high ground".

2.

moral high ground

Utterly ridiculous concept promulgated primarily by the left in order to enforce idiotic behavior codes.

There is no such thing as a "moral high ground". It doesn't exist in politics, society or in warfare.

First of all, everyone here... (Below threshold)
Rachell:

First of all, everyone here is either bashing Annan and the UN, or are making fun of the two. Let me begin by saying that none of you has any right to say anything, because frankly, its much easier to "pretend" to know what the answer is, or to simplify the problem. Its like trying to find the square root of pie. You cant do it and get an even number. In the same way, no matter what the UN or Koffee does, not EVERYONE will be happy. You cannot please everyone all the time. Besides, I know for a fact that none of you are sitting in the shoes of a UN worker, and that none of YOU are Koffee, and because you are not part of either group, and cannot possibly know what either group thinks or how they opperate, it is ignorant of you even open your mouth about something because you dont know the resoning begind any of it. And yes, i myself am JUST as ignorant, but the difference between me and you, is that you judge automatically based on your ignorance. I take my ignorance, and explore it, putting myself in Koffe's shoes, and looking at the situation from angle and a perspective besides just MYOWN. after all... what has empericism ever gotten anyone in the long run?




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