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  • Lebanon war ‘was planned in advance’

    03/08/2007 10:09:57 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies · 337+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 9 March 2007 | anon
    ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has testified he launched last year’s war against Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon in line with a contingency plan he approved four months before, a newspaper has reported. Olmert, under fire for his handling of the inconclusive 34-day war, told a judicial inquiry last month that Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 triggered the plans for a large-scale attack in Lebanon, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper said yesterday. The inquiry, known as the Winograd Commission, is expected to publish an interim report this month. Haaretz, meanwhile, did not reveal how it had learned the...
  • Hizbullah: Olmert confirmed what we knew [Lebanon War]

    03/08/2007 10:04:38 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 2 replies · 303+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 9 March 2007 | anon
    Hard-pressed Hizbullah officials delight at reports claiming Olmert told Winograd commission Israel had planned in advance to respond with a military offensive to the kidnapping of its soldiers. Nasrallah returns to rhetoric "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted that it was decided to open the July war (Hizbullah's term for the second war between Israel and Lebanon) four months before the operation to kidnap the two Israeli soldiers," intoned the anchor of al-Manar's evening news on Thursday. MKs criticize PM's statement that second Lebanon war was planned months in advance, a claim Nasrallah made repeatedly during war. 'If he isn't lying...
  • Reuters Quietly Fired Top Editor During Photoshop Scandal

    01/18/2007 7:56:49 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 4,084+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | January 18, 2007 | lgf
    new information about the Reuters Photoshop scandal: Reuters fired a top photo editor for the Middle East during an internal investigation of two doctored photos from the Israel-Lebanon war that were published last summer. The editor was the second casualty of the photo manipulation controversy surrounding Reuters freelancer Adnan Hajj. Two of Hajj’s photographs showed obvious signs of digital alterations. Facing a storm of criticism last August, Reuters terminated its relationship with Hajj and pulled more than 900 of his photos from its archive. A Reuters spokesperson said Thursday that the company would not release the name of the editor...
  • Think tank: Hezbollah used human shields

    12/05/2006 12:30:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/06 | Amy Teibel - ap
    JERUSALEM - An Israeli think tank with strong links to the military released videos and testimony Tuesday it said proved Hezbollah guerrillas used civilians as human shields during last summer's war in Lebanon. The report's authors hoped to challenge allegations that Israel committed war crimes when it attacked residential areas during the war. Although no formal war crimes charges have been filed against either side, Israel has taken the brunt of international criticism. Israel is especially sensitive about the possibility of legal action because of previous lawsuits and indictments abroad against Israeli leaders and military officers. The 300-page report, compiled...
  • The war's surprises

    08/28/2006 6:49:49 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 6 replies · 614+ views ^ | August 20, 2006 | Ze'ev Schiff
    In its second Lebanon war, Israel was surprised by Hezbollah's anti-tank weapons and the way they used them. The Israel Defense Forces was similarly surprised on the Egyptian front in the Yom Kippur War. At the time, we knew the Arab armies had Russian-made Sagger anti-tank guided missiles, but we did not understand the significance of the mass deployment of these missiles nor how it would affect the IDF's Armored Corps. On the first night of the war, the IDF lost 150 tanks. This is what happened in the war against Hezbollah. We knew the organization had advanced anti-tank rockets;...
  • Kiss bassist sends video to wounded soldier

    08/26/2006 11:51:34 AM PDT · by Jaysin · 27 replies · 1,034+ views
    Jeruslalem Post ^ | 8/26/06 | Associated Press
    The flamboyant, Israeli-born rocker Gene Simmons has sent a televised message of support to an Israeli soldier seriously wounded in fighting in Lebanon, calling him his 'hero.' Simmons, 57, founded the heavy metal band Kiss in the 1970s and became famous for wearing white and black face makeup, spitting fire and sticking his tongue out at sold-out elaborate performances. Simmons, the band's bass player, was born Chaim Witz in the northern Israeli city of Haifa before emigrating to New York as a child. Simmons sent a video message this week to Ron Weinreich, an Israeli soldier and die-hard Kiss fan,...
  • Watermelon and ice cream from Brooklyn

    08/24/2006 1:14:50 PM PDT · by APRPEH · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | August 24, 2006 | Eliahu Salpeter
    Alongside the discussion of the military and political failure of Lebanon War II, another important matter came up: the enlistment of individuals from Israel and from the Diaspora to raise contributions from world Jewry. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) published a report that the French-Jewish media were helping to feed Israeli soldiers. Israel, the Middle Eastern power that for some 60 years now has been raising tens and hundreds of billions of dollars from world Jewry and the government of the United States, now needs prepared meals, soft drinks, ice cream and watermelons that are donated in the Diaspora. The...
  • Proportionate Response – Kofi Annan’s Jihadi Formula for Israel’s Destruction

    08/23/2006 8:32:56 AM PDT · by Islamwatch · 9 replies · 521+ views
    islam-watch ^ | 23 August 2006 | Alamgir Hussain
    Even 58 years after the creation of Israel, all except two Muslim countries still wish to see the Israeli state destruction. Israel's fight for survival is just not with Hamas/Hezbollah. A "proportionate response" (1:1) as prescribed by Kofi Annan will result in annihilation of 12 million Jews of the world while doing little change in the demography of the Muslim world of huge 1400 million people. Annan's formula is the best Jihadists ever could hope for.
  • Saudi religious leader blasts Hizbullah

    08/05/2006 6:58:24 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 28 replies · 1,080+ views
    jpost ^ | 8/5/06 | CAIRO, EGYPT
    A top Saudi Sunni cleric, whose ideas inspired Osama bin Laden, issued a religious edict Saturday disavowing the Shi'ite guerrilla group Hizbullah, evidence that a rift remained among Muslims over the fighting in Lebanon. Hizbullah, which translates as "the party of God," is actually "the party of the devil," said Sheik Safar al-Hawali, whose radical views made the al-Qaida leader one of his followers in the past. "Don't pray for Hizbullah," he said in the fatwa posted on his Web site. The edict, which reflects the historical stand of strict Wahhabi doctrine viewing Shi'ite Muslims as heretics, follows a similar...
  • Pandora's Box Is Opened By Ineptitude (Should Israel take out Hezbollah with ground troops?)

    07/30/2006 10:24:10 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 786+ views
    NY Sun ^ | July 31 2006 | YOUSSEF IBRAHIM
    The balance of power and terror that shaped the Middle East landscape until the latest Arab-Israeli war has shifted profoundly in favor of radical forces, to the detriment of Arabs and Jews alike — as well as America. Israel's handling of its confrontation with Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon and Gaza has been hesitant and clumsy. Led by inexperienced Prime Minister Olmert and his incompetent defense minister, Amir Peretz, Israel failed to put enough boots on the ground when it mattered, early in the battle against Hezbollah, stripping the country of its most potent weapon: its aura of invincibility. Worse...
  • Give the IDF Time

    07/17/2006 3:07:05 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies · 356+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/17/06 | unknown
    At the cabinet meeting yesterday, following the missile attack that killed eight people in Haifa, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, "This is a difficult morning for us all... This is the criminal war of Hizbullah against the nation and its residents. We have no intention of bending to these threats. They will fail. There is no time limit... Every nation in the world would respond like us." Olmert and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz have both been clear that, while Israel has made substantial progress toward destroying Hizbullah and forcing Lebanon to take responsibility for its own...
  • (Israeli) Attorney-General slams Belgian court ruling on war crimes (UPDATE)

    02/13/2003 1:00:31 PM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 297+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 13 February 2003 | DAN IZENBERG
    Feb. 13, 2003 Attorney-General slams Belgian court ruling on war crimes (UPDATE) By DAN IZENBERG Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein on Thursday blasted the Belgian Supreme Court decision paving the way for the immediate trial of three senior reserve army officers and of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after he leaves office for their alleged involvement in a 1982 in two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. "The criminal indictment in Belgium regarding (refugee camps) Sabra and Shatilla against Sharon, [Raphael] Eitan, [Amir] Drori and [Amos] Yaron is an injustice, not a search for justice," said Rubinstein. "Anyone who examined this case knows...