Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, has been reported as saying "Our eyes are also on events up north. We are ready, waiting and following all developments”.
In fact, the Israeli government can’t wait for Hezbollah to ‘intervene’. Just the slightest provocation like just one rocket launched from south Lebanon or another ‘kidnapping’ is all the Israeli government needs as an excuse to attack. The head of Military Intelligence, Amos Yadlin, has already told the Israeli cabinet “…that Hezbollah might carry out a limited attack in the north via a Palestinian terror group in response to the Israel Defense Forces ground operation now underway in Gaza”. Reservists have also already been called up ready for service in the north of Israel ready to go into Lebanon – yet again.
However, most analysts agree that Hezbollah are very much aware of Israel’s ploy and are unlikely to do anything to provoke Israel beyond providing moral and vocal support to Hamas and the Gazan people. But that will not stop the Israelis. If Hezbollah will not ‘cooperate’ with Israeli plans then Israel will as likely as not create a false flag situation that will provide them with the necessary casus belli to attack Hezbollah. Israel has a lot form for this practice; the Lavon Affair, USS Liberty, to name just a couple. In attacking the Gaza in the way it has and given that we now know that a massive amount of planning has gone into the operation, Israel is now committed to go all the way. It cannot rest even if it prevails in the Gaza. Israel cannot totally destroy Palestinian resistance and Hamas or some similar organisation will eventually arise from the ashes of Gaza to carry on the fight again.
Israel is committed to destroying Hezbollah as well as Hamas but it can only have its war with Hezbollah if Hezbollah strike first. If Israel does have its war with Hezbollah then their next step, phase three of their Final Confrontation, will be to accuse Iran of supplying Hezbollah with advanced weaponry and asking the US to take action against Iran to stop them interfering with their war against Hezbollah. Without Iran, Israel hopes, Syrian, Hezbollah and Palestinian resistance to Israel will crumble.
Even if people see the scenario outlined above as being ahead of itself, the people of the world must nonetheless stand up now and demand that it stops now before such a scenario becomes a reality or, worse, becomes a scenario that no one dares imagine.
PROTEST IN ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2009
South Australian readers should know that there will be a protest rally in Adelaide at 1.00pm outside Parliament House in the city this coming Sunday, 11 January, 2009. The protest is being organised by the Australian Friends of Palestine. All concerned people are urged to make their voice heard at this or other rallies being held around the world. Please come along and show your support for the people of the Gaza.