Israel Update

Israel struck Hezbollah’s Beirut Headquarters. Fox reported that Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, was inside the building when it was hit.

From Haaretz:

An Israel Air Force strike destroyed a main Hezbollah office in Beirut’s southern suburb on Friday, the group’s television station reported.

It gave no word on casualties in the latest of several raids on Hizbollah’s stronghold of Haret Hreik.

Shortly before the attack, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s security chiefs approved new targets on Friday against Hezbollah.

The Jerusalem Post says Nasrallah is still alive.

Update: Drudge has a headline on his site which says The Syrian UN Ambassador told Time Magazine that Hezbollah could spread radiation all over Israel if it struck Israel’s nuclear sites. Does anyone still not believe that Syria, along with Iran, is behind Hezbollah’s provocation?

Update II: Fox is reporting that Nasrallah has said that Hezbollah is declaring all out war against Israel. Let’s be honest here. Hezbollah has always been at war against Israel; it’s just that Israel is finally responding. Reuters has the report.

Update III: Read Charles Krauthammer‘s piece. In it he puts to rest the lies that the Arab aggression against Israel was only about “occupation” of Arab land. As Krauthammer points out, every time Israel pulled out of the occupied territories, Gaza in September of 2005 and South Lebanon in 2000, the terrorist organizations didn’t halt terrorist attacks, but they ramped them up. So if Israel’s pulling out of the occupied territories hasn’t satisfied the terrorists, then what do they want? Krauthammer explains plainly:

As the Palestinian excuses for continuing their war disappear one by one, the rhetoric is becoming more bold and honest. Just last Tuesday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, writing in The Washington Post, referred to Israel as “a supposedly ‘legitimate’ state.”

He made clear what he wants done with this bastard entity. “Contrary to popular depictions of the crisis in the American media,” he writes, “the dispute is not only about Gaza and the West Bank.” It is about “a wider national conflict” that requires the vindication of “Palestinian national rights.”

That, of course, means the right to all of Palestine, with no Jewish state. In the end, the fighting is about “the core 1948 issues, rather than the secondary ones from 1967.”

In 1967, Israel acquired the “occupied territories.” In 1948, Israel acquired life. The fighting raging now in 2006 — between Israel and the “genocidal Islamism” (to quote the writer Yossi Klein Halevi) of Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran behind them — is about whether that life should and will continue to exist.

That’s the goal – the complete extermination of the Jewish state.

Update IV: Israel says that Hezbollah has rockets that are capable of reaching most of Israel. Hezbollah is threatening to use them.

Update V: Hezbullah attacked an Israeli navy ship. No one was injured, but the ship may be on fire.

Update VI: Israellycool is liveblogging the day’s events, and he has some very interesting updates. He links to Big Pharoah whose father offered his insights:

My dad was a general in the Egyptian army. His comments are always so informative especially if they were related to a war that broke out. He had this to say about Lebanon:

This idiot Nasrallah. He is so funny. He keeps on issuing threats, he has no idea what he is talking about. What Israel is doing to him now is just gentle padding on the shoulders. Abou Shakha dah didn’t see what we saw. Israel fought on 3 fronts in 1967 and it was hell. I was there, I saw it all. He has no tanks, no boats, he has nothing except a few toys he got from Iran and it seems abu shakha dah don’t know that Israel confronted 3 of the most powerful armies in the region at the same time. If Israel wanted to brutally crush him it can do so in 1 hour.

*Abu Shakha dah literally means “this guy with the piss”. We use this slang term to refer to a grown up whose capabilities is of a baby who wets himself.

Update VII: Greg at Outside the Beltway has the video and transcript of Ambassador John Bolton’s comments about Lebanon at the UN.

Update VIII: The Israeli UN Ambassador Gillerman exchanged words with the Palestinian Ambassador today. Hot Air has the video. The most memorable line comes at the very beginning: “You are so in love with occupation that you, you cling to it even when we leave every single inch.” I am struck by Ambassador Gellerman’s civility. At the end of their confrontation, Ambassador Gellerman was a gentleman and reached to shake the Palestinian Ambassador’s hand.

Update IV: Al Jazeera reports that Isreal is looking for four Israeli troops who went missing when a navy ship was attacked. Is it true? Who knows, but the Israeli army says that the ship sustained a lot of damage.

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