Israel used to have a rule never to rely on any other nation for its protection. Because in the end—push comes to shove the IDF is the only Military that WILL protect Israel. One year of UNIFIL forces proves that Israel would have been better off NOT to rely on the UN. Over the past year the Hizbullah has been systematically rearming itself with long range missiles right under the noses of the UNIFIL forces. And when the IAF tracked the terrorist resupply Israel was criticized, France even threatened to shoot down Israeli planes, and nothing was done to stop the resupply of Hizbullah. Today almost a year after Olmert started a war he had no intention of winning, the Terrorists to the north are stronger than ever, the terrorists to the southeast are stronger than ever and the ones to the West are rearming with the help of Israel. I guess Israel doesn’t want to depend on herself for protection either.
Hizbullah: We can strike all of Israel
THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 22, 2007
Hizbullah has the ability to launch rockets against any point in Israel, the organization’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday. He told Al Jazeera that Hizbullah had the capability to strike every part of Israel during last summer’s war, and retains that capability.
“Even in the months of July and August 2006 there was not one place in occupied Palestine that we could not reach, every point and every corner,” Nasrallah was quoted as saying. “I stress that we can do this today as well.” The full interview is due to be broadcast by the Qatari-based satellite television on Monday.
Meanwhile, Hizbullah guerrillas have moved most of their rockets in south Lebanon among civilians in villages, an apparent attempt to avoid detection by Israel and UN troops, Israeli military officials said Sunday. The new moves are part of Hizbullah’s reorganization after last summer’s Second Lebanon War, the officials said. During that 34-day conflict, Hizbullah fired almost 4,000 rockets at Israeli population centers, and Israeli land and air assaults caused heavy damage to Lebanese towns and neighborhoods. Lebanon criticized Israel for targeting civilian areas, while Israel said Hizbullah was to blame for operating among civilians and putting them at risk. Last summer, many of Hizbullah’s rocket batteries were located in unpopulated rural areas, where the guerrillas dug networks of tunnels and fortifications, the officials said. But the army’s new intelligence indicates that those positions have now largely been abandoned in favor of populated villages, which provide better cover for the group’s activities. The UN-brokered cease-fire that ended the war expanded UNIFIL, the international peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, to 13,000 troops, entrusting it with ensuring that Hizbullah is not rearming near the Lebanon-Israel border. Yasmina Bouziane, a UNIFIL spokeswoman in Lebanon, refused to comment on the Israeli charges. A Hizbullah official in Beirut also refused to comment on the allegations. The official said only that in the past, Hizbullah guerrillas fired rockets at Israel from valleys and mountainous areas and not from inside villages. The Israeli officials said Hizbullah’s postwar efforts also included the construction of new fortifications north of the Litani River, farther from the Israeli border and out of UNIFIL’s jurisdiction. Last summer’s conflict began when Hizbullah men attacked an Israeli border patrol killing three soldiers and capturing two. The fighting left 159 Israelis dead, including 119 soldiers, while in Lebanon more than 1,000 people died, most of them civilians, according to counts by human rights groups, the Lebanese government and The Associated Press.