WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Concerned that Hizbollah has an early advantage in rebuilding shattered south Lebanon, the Bush administration is trying to speed up aid and encouraging Arab states to step in quickly, U.S. officials said this week. The White House is “cracking the whip” on rebuilding efforts so Iranian-backed Hizbollah is not seen taking the lead and winning any more support among the local population, said a senior State Department official. “I’ve said we have got to get with this.
EXCERPT: “It should not have happened. We feel that this battle just should not have happened. Of course, we are soldiers and we fulfil every mission placed upon us, but when we look at what happened there and what surprises were waiting for us, we just were fucked. We were caught unprepared”. from the Gush Shalom website Interviews with soldiers by Nava Tzuriel and Eitan Glickman translated by Adam Keller “The commanders told us that the infantry had already cleared
By Reuven Pedatzur The United States’ defeat in the Vietnam war started becoming evident when Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of the U.S. forces in Vietnam, started using body counts as an alternative to military victories. When he could not point to achievements on the battlefield, Westmoreland would send a daily report to Washington of the number of Vietcong soldiers his forces had killed. In the past few weeks, the Israel Defense Forces has also adopted the body count approach. When
Excerpt: “Israel seeks through violence to preserve all the gains, at Palestinian expense, that violence secured it in the first place, or at least as much of them as is consistent with its view of what would constitute a reasonable peaceful settlement. The Palestinians use violence in repeated attempts to wrest back enough of what they have lost, or simply to cause sufficient pain and alarm to make possible what, in their view, that settlement should entail. Most of the
By Amiram Barkat Hebrew-speaking Hezbollah fighters were stationed at outposts along the border with Israel before the war broke out, according to documents retrieved by the Israel Defense Forces while destroying the organization’s line of outposts. The documents contained transcripts in Hebrew of soldiers’ conversations on IDF communications networks and other subjects. IDF soldiers who had been stationed along the Lebanese border before the war told Haaretz that Hezbollah fighters used to call out to them in Hebrew. Listening to
Freda Guttman IMEMC & Agencies UNICEF has begun a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers unexploded devices pose to children after the war in Lebanon. Children are particularly at risk from the aftermath of bombardments in Gaza as well, the UN children’s fund said. Michael Bociurkiw, a UNICEF spokesperson who has spent the past three years in Gaza, said that the agency feared that the attention given to Gaza’s northern neighbor might take attention away from the no less
Marchers rallying for peace Letter: I am the woman letter writer Sacha Diab referred to whose placard at the Aug. 12 peace march read, “I am the child of Holocaust survivors. They taught me to never do the same to anyone, anywhere.” I was very surprised at the response by fellow marchers to my message. At least 20 people came up to me to express their appreciation for the sign and for my presence. Several stopped me to photograph the
Editor’s note: For more on the Israel lobby’s organizing activities see The Real Threat of “The Lobby”?, Behind the campaign to rescind divestment and Democracy at Work. By Gary Rosenblatt – Editor And Publisher In the first salvo of what promises to be a turbulent season of anti-Israel activities at American colleges, a group of students and others at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh protested on July 26 against “Israeli terrorism” in Lebanon. A counter protest was held by Jewish students.
By Haaretz Service “If our fighters deep in Lebanese territory are left without food our water, I believe they can break into local Lebanese stores to solve that problem,” Brigadier General Avi Mizrahi, the head of the Israel Defense Forces logistics branch, said Monday. Mizrahi’s comments followed complaints by IDF soldiers regarding the lack of food on the front lines. “If what they need to do is take water from the stores, they can take,” Mizrahi told Army Radio. According