Well it was another very quiet night for us here. Perhaps due to the fact that the Israelis have received heavy blows in real fighting and are taking some time to decide on their next steps. The Israelis are once again stuck in the Lebanese mud ©2000, and it’s increasingly looking like they won’t be getting out of it any time soon. Not that they can. The Olmert-Peretz axis of evil and idiocy (the latter was pointed out by Nasrallah, and rightly so) has dug a very deep hole. But while digging, this lovely pair forgot that they were gradually going down too. They looked up and yelled for help, and the IDF soldiers threw a rope for them, but these two were so heavy that they actually dragged more than a dozen IDF soldiers down into the hole, without achieving anything.
So let’s see how much the Olmert-Peretz pair have dug today. Lebanon now insists that it will demand full compensation for all the damage to the infrastructure and property that Israel caused in its aggression and indiscriminate attacks against Lebanon and the Lebanese people. But wait, Olmert and Peretz insist that if they dig a little bit deeper they might just strike gold. So they have given a one-hour “window” for civilians in the following towns in southern Lebanon who have
not left been unable to flee, to leave to Beirut (I kid you not, even the destination is mentioned): Qabrikha, Qantara, Shaqra, Markaba, Bint Jbeil, Majdel Silm, Rabb al-Talateen, Al-Addaisseh, Talloussa, Kfarshouba, Al-Taibe, Al-Khiam. These towns stretch from Avivim to Misgav ‘Am, the closest to the latter being Al-Addaisseh (north of Misgav ‘Am), Rabb al-Talateen (on the same line as Misgav ‘Am), and Markaba (slightly to the south of Misgav ‘Am), and the farthest being Qantara (to the north), Majdel Silm (to the centre), and Shaqra (to the south). Bint Jbeil on the other hand is close to the Lebanese towns of Aytaroun and Maroun al-Ras where most of the clashes with HezbAllah fighters have taken place, and where the Israelis lost at least 6-7 soldiers. As for Kfarshouba, it is on the same (horizontal) line as Al-Khiam (which is on the same vertical line as Ouazzani) but further to the east, near the border. I have been analyzing the Israeli movements, and from what I can see, the only reason these bombardments are moving further to the east and to the area of Misgav ‘Am is to take the pressure off the area around Zar’it which is where much of the artillery firing at the villages is located, and to spread the zone of the conflict across the border rather than restrict it to the area of Aytaroun-Maroun al-Ras / Avivim.
Olmert-Peretz axis achieved a breakthrough today in their digging when the IDF targeted a UNIFIL position, then claimed that HezbAllah rockets had slammed into the posts. UNIFIL staff, however, confirmed that it was IDF that shelled the UNIFIL watching tower/post. Things you won’t be reading on Ha’aretz or Yediot Achronot or Jerusalem Post or Ma’ariv or Arutz Sheva… But no media censorship on this side of the border.
This is not the first time since the beginning of this “crisis” that Israeli bombardments have directly targeted UNIFIL compounds. From a press release dated July 20, 2006:
There were 31 incidents of firing close to UN positions during the past 24 hours, with three positions suffered direct hits from the Israeli side. Ten artillery shells impacted inside UN position of the Ghanaian battalion on the coast in Ras Naqoura, causing extensive damage. Four artillery shells impacted inside the patrol base of the Observer Group Lebanon in the Marun al Ras area, including three direct impacts on the building which caused extensive damage and cut electricity and communication connections. At the time of the shelling, there were 36 civilians inside the position, most of whom were women and children from the village of Marun Al Ras. There were no casualties. One artillery shell impacted inside the UNIFIL Headquarters compound in Naqoura, causing extensive damage and danger to the UNIFIL hospital where the doctors were operating at the time.
So much for the “pinpoint” attacks against HezbAllah targets as reported in freedom-loving-but-censored Israeli media.