M: "There wasn`t a word in the article about Lebanese official positions in regard to the massive amount of arms that Hezbullies are building up." I suspect they prefer a Hezbollah that has such weaponry, because their own Lebanese Army has no such weapons nor any hope of procuring them. Hezbollah provides a deterrence to Israel that their own "official" armed forces lack. It's better than nothing, Margie, considering that Israel has gone BANG! on Lebanon So Many Times Before. M: "This is a militia, not a government agency." I'll repeat: the Lebanese Army is powerless to face down their most likely opponent - the IDF - and the Lebanese Govt is unable to beef it up. I'm sure Siniora would *LOVE* to have a Lebanese Army armed to the teeth with the very best weaponry, but he *DOESN'T*. So he sizes up this: 1) It's powerful enough to make the IDF pause 2) It's not under his control I suspect that (1) is more important than (2) to a Lebanese Prime Minister.
Fire in Jerusalem suburb causes severe air pollution (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel to UN: Hezbollah has tripled its land-to-sea missile arsenal