Occupation of South Lebanon - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • George
    • 29.07.06 | 14:18 (IDT)

    The air and naval war has been fought splendidly and aggressively. Not so the land war. The efforts so far have been feeble. Israel has a proud history of aggressive and competent land warfare. The present effort is a disgrace and dishonours Israel?s proud history of land warfare. Air warfare will never root out the missiles. Troops will have to enter the territory to destroy the rocket launchers. It is foolish to believe that Hezbullah voluntarily will stop launching missiles at Israel because that is not part of their nature. The civilian population of South Lebanon reportedly has evacuated to the North. Anyone remaining in South Lebanon properly should be assumed to be either Hezbullah. Israel enjoys total air superiority. Now is the time for a Blitzkrieg type advance lead by tanks and motorized infantry at least as far as the Litani River. Anyone who remains in the territory must be regarded as Hezbullah and treated accordingly. After the occupation, Israel must consider realigning the border with Lebanon along defensible lines such as the tops of mountain ridges or rivers.

    from the article: Analysis / The alternative to Hezbollah may be occupation
    First published 00:00 28.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 28.07.06
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