Barak denies provoking Hezbollah while Israeli jets are flying over Lebanon.
Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, in Washington yesterday conferring with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, told a press conference ‘that Syria was transferring weapons systems to Hezbollah and that Israel is closely watching the developments, though he assured Israel did not plan to provoke a conflict’.
If Israel aren’t planning ‘to provoke a conflict’, then why do they continue to provoke Lebanese and Hezbollah ire by flying military jets at supersonic speeds creating sonic booms in Lebanese airspace? These are acts of war. And 'monitoring Hezbollah' is no more an acceptable excuse than Syria flying supersonic sorties over Tel Aviv claiming they are monitoring the IDF.
Israel has invaded Lebanon several times in the past so who can blame the Lebanese for wanting to defend themselves against further invasion by arming themselves with missiles? Just as Israel has the US as their ally, so Lebanon has Iran and Syria as theirs. Hezbollah remember the carnage the Israelis wrought during past invasions with massacres and the cluster bombing of civilians. With missiles that are more powerful than any they've had before, maybe Israel will think twice before attacking the Lebanese people again – though, somehow, I doubt it!.