London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat
says Israel gave Syria 72 hours to stop Hizbullah’s activity, bring about
release of kidnapped IDF troops.
‘Israel will not end military activity until new situation created that will
prevent Syria, Iran from using terror organizations to threaten its
security,’ newspaper quotes Pentagon official as saying
The London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday that
“Washington has information according to which Israel gave Damascus 72 hours
to stop Hizbullah’s activity along the Lebanon-Israel border and bring about
the release the two kidnapped IDF soldiers or it would launch an offensive
with disastrous consequences.”
The report said “a senior Pentagon source warned that should the Arab world
and international community fail in the efforts to convince
Syria to pressure Hizbullah into releasing the soldiers and halt the current
escalation Israel may attack targets in the country.”
Al-Hayat quoted the source as saying that “the US cannot rule out the
possibility of an Israeli strike in Syria,” this despite the fact that the
Bush administration has asked Israel to “refrain from any military activity
that may result in civilian casualties.”
'Hizbullah made the same mistake'
The report also mentioned that President George W. Bush has repeatedly put
much of the blame for the recent escalation on Syria.
“It is no coincidence that the Hizbullah operation
comes at a time when the international community is working to impose
sanctions on Iran due to its nuclear program and settle the score with Syria
by establishing an international court to try those behind the assassination
of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” the Pentagon source said.
According to the source, Hizbullah made the same mistake as Hamas when it
did not predict the ramifications of its actions and ignored the regional
and international changes since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The source said that Israel has indicated that it “will not end its military
activity until a new situation is created that will prevent Syria and Iran
from using terror organizations, such as Hamas and Hizbullah, to threaten