So Israel claims it has halted its airstrikes. Israel claims a lot of things.
The year is 1996: Israel claims the shelling of the UN compound sheltering hundreds of refugees was due to a technical mistake. Israel claims HezbAllah fighters were firing from around the compound. Israel claims world outrage at the massacre is anti-Semitic. Israel claims there was no drone flying over the compound when it was shelled.
The year is 2006: Israel claims the targeting of the UN base was unintentional. Israel claims the targeting of the residential building in Qana was a mistake. Israel claims HezbAllah fighters were firing from around the building. Oh, sorry then, no mistake there. Israel claims HezbAllah fighters had actually placed rocket launchers on the roof of the building… Israel claims it has no way of telling that civilians were in … residential buildings. Israel claims it had warned residents to flee. Israel denies allegations that it has bombed roads and that it is bombing anything that moves. Israel claims HezbAllah was using civilians as human shields. Israel continues to claim HezbAllah is using civilians as human shields even as civilians are leaving willingly as soon as rescue crews actually help them out of the rubble of collapsed buildings and accompany them to safer areas. Israel continues to claim it does not use civilians as human shields in Palestine. Israel claims it struck a truck carrying rockets – sorry, missiles. The truck was carrying … potatoes (this was yesterday – following the declaration of an alleged 48-hour halt to airstrikes).
Today, the halt to airstrikes continued. Israeli jets bombed: Ibl al-Saqi, Markaba, Hula, Tallouseh, Al-Mahmudiyye, Al-Babiliyye, Ain Qana, Sarba, the course of the Litani River (?!), Qlaila, Zibqin, Al-Loueize (south), Jabal Safi, Sajd – Iqlim al-Tufah, Al-Mansouri, Nabatiye, Tyre, Marja’ayoun, Ainata – al-Arz.
Israel will claim it struck a car on the Ainata – al-Arz road carrying HezbAllah fighters. The car was a civilian one (this was today – still within the 48-hour halt to airstrikes timeframe).
And so the halt to airstrikes continues…