Israel at War 4 August

Israeli Forces Pound Hezbollah Positions

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Israel’s pounding of Hezbollah positions across Lebanon expanded Friday with missiles targeting bridges in the Christian heartland north of Beirut for the first time, an attack that further isolates Lebanon from the outside world.

The destruction of four bridges on the main north-south coastal highway linking Beirut to Syria further sealed Lebanon from outside links, as the Israeli naval blockade and earlier strikes against roadways have largely closed off other access points.

Fierce fighting continued along the border, and Hezbollah said in a statement broadcast by the group’s Al-Manar TV station that guerrillas had killed six Israeli soldiers near the villages of Aita al-Shaab and Markaba.

Hezbollah renews Kaytusha fire across Northern Isreal

Salvos of Hezbollah rockets slammed into northern Israel on Friday afternoon killing one person a day after at least eight Israelis were killed in attacks.

Also in Friday’s attacks two people were seriously hurt and two moderately wounded by rocket hits.

Two rocket that landed in the village of Maghar near Tiberias killed a woman and seriously wounded another man. A person was also seriously wounded in an attack on the town of Kiryat Shmona and two sustained moderate injuries.

Nasrallah: We will hit Tel Aviv if Israel hits central Beirut

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that if the IDF attacks central Beirut, his militants would fire rockets on Tel Aviv. However, Nasrallah also said – for the first time since fighting began 22 days ago – that Hezbollah would stop firing rockets on northern Israel in return for an end to air strikes throughout Lebanon.

“If you bomb our capital Beirut, we will bomb the capital of your usurping entity… We will bomb Tel Aviv,” Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah also offered a cease-fire of sorts.

“Any time you decide to stop your campaign against our cities, villages, civilians and infrastructure, we will not fire rockets on any Israeli settlement or city,” he said in a taped television speech.

Justice Minister Haim Ramon said Friday that Nasrallah wants Israel to stop attacking Hezbollah so he can retain the ability to threaten Israel whenever he wants.

U.S. hopes for UN vote on Israel-Lebanon resolution by Friday

The United States still hopes for a UN resolution by Friday that would aim to bring about an end to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. Recent disagreements among allies of the U.S. have delayed the passage of the resolution up until now.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters on Thursday that if the U.S. did not meet its Friday goal, it would keep working through the weekend in order to strike an agreement the following day.

“We certainly would hope that we could achieve something by Friday, but if not, we are prepared … to work all through the weekend if necessary to get something done, because we are working on an urgent basis to bring about an end to the fighting in such a way that is lasting and durable,” he said.

What ever type of force that is agreed upon must have sufficient capability as well as the will to prevent southern Lebanon from again becoming an arsenal for terrorists. It must also be able to prevent the terror supporting states from funneling weapons and troops into Lebanon and not allow the elected Lebanese government to be manipulated by other countries like Syria & Iran. The necessary end result must be that the government of Lebanon be fully in control of its soveriegn territory. Any force that does not advance that goal is another UN waste of time.  

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