In May 2009 I wrote that Netanyahu was itching to find an excuse to find a way of kicking off a war against Iran and what better way than to try what his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, tried in 2006 – provoke Hamas in the Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon by getting them to retaliate with minor incidents to Israeli border provocations and then use this as an excuse to launch massive attacks against both.
Then last Monday I wrote of how Israel was provoking Palestinians in the Gaza by firing on Gazan farmers in an effort to goad Palestinian fighters to launch rockets into Israel which the Israelis would then use as a casus belli to launch airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.
Then today we get news that Israel has provoked Lebanon by crossing over the Israel-Lebanon border via a cherry picker lift that put an Israel soldier over the border fence into Lebanese territory. The Israelis were spotted and Lebanese regular troops opened fire killing one Israeli officer and wounding a soldier. Despite the fact that Israel had clearly put a soldier into Lebanon, Netanyahu has said that it is Lebanon that was responsible for the border clash. Three Lebanese soldiers as well as a Lebanese journalist were killed in the subsequent air strike and artillery bombardment.
This latest border provocation and Israel’s continued overflying of Lebanon by jet fighter aircraft together with the increased Gaza provocations, (there was another incident today Wednesday, 4 August 2010, in the Gaza when a Palestinian was killed after Israelis shelled the area near Khan Younis), rather than being isolated incidents, seem to be well co-ordinated and carefully thought-out raids designed specifically to provoke and instigate a war against both that can be quickly escalated into a major war that would pull in Iran and the US.
The increased frequency of incidents with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and with Hezbollah and now with regular Lebanese forces in Lebanon, together with the increasingly aggressive rhetoric toward Iran over its so-called ‘nuclear weapons program’, demonstrates Israel’s intent and determination to foment a war with Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.
For years Israel has been itching to find an excuse to kick off the final confrontation and every time Israel acts they push the prospect of such a war ever closer to the edge. With the increase in incidents to date it would seem that Israel does not have to push that much harder to push it right over the edge.
There will be no good ending to such a horrific event. It is up to the peoples of the world to say ‘no’ – and we need to say it now before it’s too late.