Tuesday, October 17, 2006

French UNIFIL will shoot at IAF?

The French have opted to do nothing to enforce the UN SC Resolution in Lebanon, but they have suddenly developed a back bone with regard to standing up to Israel. Disarming Hezbollah or blocking arms shipments from Syria, which the resolution demands, is not something they are willing to do.

"Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Peretz said that nevertheless, Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon as long as United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 remained unfulfilled, adding that such operations were critical for the country's security, especially as the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody and the transfer of arms continue.

Over the past few days, Peretz said, Israel had gathered clear evidence that Syria was transferring arms and ammunition to Lebanon, meaning that the embargo imposed by UN Resolution 1701 was not being completely enforced."


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