“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the hasty statement of the secretary-general, insinuating that Israel has deliberately targeted the UN post,” he said, calling the assertions “premature and erroneous.”
10:58PM: According to a poll, 70% of Lebanese residents support the capture of IDF soldiers by Hizbullah.
10:55PM: I just saw Kofi Annan on television, claiming that people were ignoring the fact that he said Israel’s attack on the UN post was apparently deliberate.
Like that makes his statement much better?
10:00PM: Lebanon’s Prime Minister is going all John Lennon on us, asking that we give peace a chance.
Fuad Siniora told a news conference that Israel could only hope to live in peace and security through good relations with all of its neighbors.
One way to achieve that, he said, would be to renew discussions over Shaba Farms, a small, disputed territory between the two nations.He seems to forget that Israel has been trying to give peace a chance since her establishment. But besides this, we withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, in full compliance with UN resolution 1559, and all we wanted in return was peace and quite in the north. He also seems to forget that we were not required to withdraw from the Shaba Farms, which is not considered Lebanese territory.
9:18PM: One of our soldiers wounded in today’s fighting has described the heroism he witnessed.
Sergeant Ram Boneh, 20, from Hadera, who was wounded Wednesday in fierce battles between Hizbullah and the IDF at Bint Jbeil, said he saw many act of courage during the rescue operation to retrieve the casualties, which took place under heavy enemy fire. ‚ÄúSoldiers went in to get their friends; they didn’t think a bullet could hit them, and they gave their all for one another,‚Äù he said.
When asked whether morale plunged after casualties were incurred, the sergeant answered: ‚ÄúYou‚Äôd be surprised, but even after a day like today, morale was soaring. We must not be discouraged. I want to leave here and go back there. Just let me out of here so I can go back to my friends. We‚Äôre going to win big.‚Äù
We may have seen a similiar thing two days ago, when the Israeli media reported that the chopper pilots were injured, but other sources suggested they were killed. Later in the day, the Israeli media confirmed they had been killed.
Let’s hope Fox and company got it wrong.
A senior Hizbullah official said that the organization has set a new target for itself – the city of Netanya, as reported by the Iranian news agency Fars in Lebanon.According to the report, Fuad Dirani, commander of the Hizbullah organization, called for the residents of Netanya to evacuate their
houses because “soon the range of our rockets will reach 100 kilometers (62 miles) into Israel and we will attack military installations and infrastructure. The fact that more than two million Israelis have run away from their homes has put pressure on senior officials in Israel.
Spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid-Reza Asefi, denied that the Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah is hiding in the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, reported the Iranian news agency, Irna.
Asefi also denied what Iranian ambassador to Lebanon said Tuesday in his warning that if Syria is attacked, Iran will aid her. According to Asefi, “The words of the ambassador were not properly understood. It was in reference to diplomatic and humanitarian aid.”
“In our opinion, it is not the job of the northern Atlantic alliance to lead this kind of force,” he said.
Egypt won’t go to war with IsraelEgyptian President Hosni Mubarak declared Wednesday at a press conference that his country did not plan on going to war with Israel, regardless of the latest conflict with Lebanon.