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    • Natallie Durson
    • 15.02.10 | 06:35 (IST)

    In the 2006 war, Israel bombed and shelled southern Lebanon for a week before the IDF troops advanced to meet Hizbollah. Hizbollah was much more formidable than Israel had anticipated. Over 100 IDF men were killed and the Merkava tanks were also being destroyed by shoulder launched missiles. The IDF retreated back to the border and contented themselves with bombing and shelling southern Lebanon for the rest of the war. perhaps if the IDF had better success against Hizbollah, then the loss of Lebanese civilian lives would have been less. All this becomes moot though because the IAF was all the while bombing apartment blocks in Beruit, far from Hizbollah and the action. In fact, the IAF bombed civilian targets all over Lebanon. Banks, gas stations, radio and TV stations, the airport, the oil refinery, roads, bridges, etc. As for the IDF "code of ethics", it is to laugh. In Israel, ethics is a study of what can be gotten away with.

    from the article: Syria is no different from Hamas or Hezbollah
    First published 02:25 15.02.10 | Last updated 10:55 15.02.10
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