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October 17, 2006

French UNIFIL commanders say it will fire at IAF overflights

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon are warning Israel that they might have to open fire if IAF warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon. On the other hand, there appears to be no threats of shots to be fired at Hezbollah for their failure to disarm, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 remains unfilfilled, the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody, and the transfer of arms to Hezbollah from Syria continue:

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

Israel plans to inform the joint committee of representatives of UNIFIL, the Israel Defense Forces and the Lebanese Army that unless the arms transfers are stopped, Israel will be forced to take independent action, Peretz said.

Who are these "French commanders" to unilaterally make the decision to support Hezbollah, ignore UNSCR 1701, and threaten Israel for conducting operations that are critical for its security?

Perhaps the Israelis should inform the French commanders that at the very first shot in the direction of an IAF aircraft, French troops will become fair game until they retract their threat against Israel's aircraft and the conditions of UNSCR 1701 are met. When Hezbollah disarms, returns the kidnapped soldiers, and pigs fly (which is likely to occur before Hezbollah disarms and returns the kidnapped soldiers), the IAF should then, and only then, halt its flights over Lebanon.

Posted by Abdul at October 17, 2006 2:50 AM

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