Armed Palestinian women, members of the Popular Resistance Committees, protest against Israel’s operations in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Israel’s two-front offensive against Islamic militants began on June 25 when Hamas-linked guerrillas in the Gaza Strip carried out a cross-border attack on a military outpost in Israel, killing two soldiers and capturing one. Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas joined the fray on July 12, attacking a military patrol on the border in northern Israel, killing three soldiers and capturing two.
Guardian: United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah
Bush ‘gave green light’ for limited attack, say Israeli and UK sources
The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon, according to British, European and Israeli sources.
The Bush administration, backed by Britain, has blocked efforts for an immediate halt to the fighting initiated at the UN security council, the G8 summit in St Petersburg and the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels.
“It’s clear the Americans have given the Israelis the green light. They [the Israeli attacks] will be allowed to go on longer, perhaps for another week,” a senior European official said yesterday. Diplomatic sources said there was a clear time limit, partly dictated by fears that a prolonged conflict could spin out of control.
US strategy in allowing Israel this freedom for a limited period has several objectives, one of which is delivering a slap to Iran and Syria, who Washington claims are directing Hizbullah and Hamas militants from behind the scenes.
A week? Possibly but the lefty Europeans and whining Muslims are already crying “uncle.” Remember Hamas and Hzbollah provoked Israel – but watch the spin in the Islamic media.
Kuwaitis chant in solidarity to Hibollah under an anti-Bush poster in Kuwait city July 18, 2006.
President Bush should give free rein to the Israeli military since they are fighting for the USA as well. Hezbollah is a proxy for Iran and Syria. Israel has a right to bloody them up and eliminate them as a threat.
Israelis sleep inside a shelter in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, late July 18, 2006. Israeli warplanes battered Lebanon on Tuesday, killing 31 people, and more Hizbollah rockets hit northern Israel, killing one, with no sign that diplomacy would halt the week-old conflict any time soon.
Flap handicaps that the countdown towards a cease-fire will begin when Condoleezza Rice touches down in Israel.
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