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Israeli minister wants Lebanon ‘sent back to Middle Ages’

Press TV – March 13, 2017

An Israeli minister says “life in Lebanon today is not bad” compared to Syria, adding Tel Aviv should target civilians in a future war with the country and send it “back to the Middle Ages.”

Education Minister Naftali Bennett has said all aspects of life in Lebanon must be targeted in a future war with Hezbollah, because the resistance movement is now an important part of the Lebanese people.

“Today, Hezbollah is embedded in sovereign Lebanon. It is part of the government and, according to the president, also part of its security forces,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Bennett as saying on Sunday.

The daily referred to statements made a month ago by Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun who ruled out outside pressures to disarm Hezbollah.

“As long as Israel occupies land and covets the natural resources of Lebanon, and as long as the Lebanese military lacks the power to stand up to Israel, [Hezbollah’s] arms are essential,” Aoun said.

“The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out,” Bennett said.

“Life in Lebanon today is not bad – certainly compared to what’s going on in Syria. Lebanon’s civilians, including the Shia population, will understand that this is what lies in store for them,” he added.

Bennett said heavily targeting civilian infrastructure, along with additional air and ground action by the Israeli troops, will shorten the campaign as it will accelerate international intervention.

“That will lead them to stop it quickly – and we have an interest in the war being as short as possible,” he said.

Bennett’s approach is not new for the Israeli officials. In 2008, the head of the Israeli army’s Northern Command, who currently serves as the army’s chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, presented the “Dhahiya doctrine.”

This picture shows the aftermath of Israeli bombing of residential buildings in Dhahiya in southern Beirut in August 2006.

It referred to Israel’s heavy bombardment of the densely-populated Shia quarter in southern Beirut in the 2006 war because buildings in the neighborhood were identified with Hezbollah.

Haaretz said Hezbollah was able to launch more than 1,000 rockets into Israel in a single day of fighting, leaving Tel Aviv with either no or limited solution to confront them.

Bennett said hunting rocket launchers during a war is almost impossible, adding Hezbollah has learned to deploy them in a more sophisticated manner, thus the regime must hit civilian targets.

“If Hezbollah fires missiles at the Israeli home front, this will mean sending Lebanon back to the Middle Ages,” he said.

Bennett served as a reserve officer and commanded an elite unit sent deep into southern Lebanon to find Hezbollah’s rocket-launching squads during the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, which ended after 33 days.

Many Israeli leaders admitted that the war marked a defeat for Tel Aviv, dealing another serious blow to its military’s myth of invincibility.

Last week, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said at a Knesset committee meeting that the Lebanese army was now “a subsidiary unit of Hezbollah.”

Hezbollah fighters are currently helping Syrian troops confront Takfiri terrorists and prevent the conflict from spilling over into Lebanon.

In a series of interviews with Lebanese media last month, President Aoun said Hezbollah operations “complement the actions of the army and do not contradict them.”

“They are a major part of Lebanon’s defense,” he said.

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3 Comments »

  1. Genocidal blowhards! Won’t do them any good: they’re no match for Hezbollah, and they know it. I’m hoping that if the Zios do undertake another war of aggression against Lebanon, the Hezbollah forces will invade northern Palestine and cleanse it of its Jewish colonist population.

    Comment by traducteur | March 13, 2017 | Reply

  2. Good on President Aoun.

    I recall clearly that in (noted above) the 2006 massacre of Lebanon by the Zios, it was bragged that Lebanon would be “sent back to the Stone Age.” Same ‘ol, same ‘ol: now it’s the “Middle Ages.” And, of course, it was in that time frame (the 2008-9 crushing of Gaza and its people) that asshole Tzipi Livni, then MoD, intoned in her Ashkenazi accent “We will go wild in Gaza.” They did.

    Comment by roberthstiver | March 13, 2017 | Reply

  3. Shouldn’t “The World’s Policeman” issue a friendly warning to Israel, and asked them to stop their “Sabre Rattling” against their neighbours? You know, ‘prevention is better than cure’?
    No?…….I didn’t think so…. The failure of the USA to control the Lunatic government in Israel is a disgrace, but then again, Israel tells America what to do, not the other way around……….

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 13, 2017 | Reply


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