Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Israel Blames Hezbollah in Explosion

The New York Times, By Ethan Bronner (15/7/2009) Israel said Wednesday that a two-story building that held a Hezbollah arms cache exploded in a village in south Lebanon a day earlier and that the arsenal was a violation of the United Nations resolution that brought an end to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war... “This epitomizes the problem that we are facing in south Lebanon,” Brig. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, head of the Israeli military’s operations branch, said in a telephone briefing for foreign journalists. “This nonstate terror organization is growing and becoming a semimilitary organization. It poses a major threat to the state of Israel.” General Kochavi said the building “contained a lot of mortars, shells and rockets and other kinds of ammunition,” adding that Israel believed the process of rearming by Hezbollah had mushroomed in the past three years despite the United Nations resolution and the presence in southern Lebanon of international peacekeeping troops... Click here for full story