Wednesday, July 12, 2006

2 Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah militants crossed into
Israel on Wednesday and captured two Israeli soldiers. Israel responded in southern Lebanon with warplanes, tanks and gunboats, and said that seven of its soldiers had been killed in the violence.


Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the soldiers' capture "an act of war," and his Cabinet prepared to approve more military action in Lebanon — a second front in the fight against Islamic militants by Israel, which already is waging an operation to free a captured soldier in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army said three soldiers were killed in the initial raid, and four others were killed when their tank went over a land mine in southern Lebanon.

Olmert said he held the Lebanese government responsible for the two soldiers' safety, vowing that the Israeli response "will be restrained, but very, very, very painful."

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah says he will not release the captives except as part of a prisoner swap.

Israeli jets struck deep into southern Lebanon, blasting bridges and Hezbollah positions and killing two civilians, the Lebanese officials said.

The Israeli military planned to call up thousands of reservists, and residents of Israeli towns on the border with Lebanon were ordered to seek cover in underground bomb shelters.

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Hezbollah has decided to enter into this turbulent military action and decidedly piss of the Israelis. With Israel already engaged in the Gaza Strip and with the military mindset that they are currently in, it was not a good idea to piss them off even further. Israel has already pounded many areas in south Lebanon while continuing to take the offensive in Gaza. These terrorists, and that’s what they are, show no respect for borders, lives, property, schools and mosques. Anything that Israel does to protect its borders can be laid at the feet of Hezbollah and Hamas. Israel showed last year it wanted peace when it disengaged from the Gaza Strip, leaving it to the Palestinian Authority, now there are daily rocket attacks against Israel with terrorists controlling the area. They have tried peace, but it is more than obvious that the people of Palestine and Hezbollah wish nothing more than the utter destruction of Israel, they have showed no interest in peace, only death. They will receive more than they had been prepared for. Israel must go all the way and crush them with all available means at their disposal. The Muslims do not think in such short-terms, they look at the big picture as we must. We must support our friends and allies in their bitter struggle against this vile coward of an enemy.

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