[rediger] July 2006: NATO Muscles Into Lebanon (Thanks to Israel)
The G8 Summit gave a green light for Israel to invade Lebanon.
- U.N. was beforehand put on the sideline
- With the U.N. out of the picture,
- U.N. troops are out of the picture, and
- thus there is no longer any "international accountability".
- This left the door wide open for the Forth Reich 'other' army: NATO.
(as you may or may not be aware, Israel is a part of the New Europe)
2006-06-24: Israel captures pair in Gaza raid
"Israeli soldiers have seized two Palestinian men in an overnight raid into the southern Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military said the two brothers were members of the militant group Hamas and were planning attacks on Israel.
Hamas said they were sons of a member but were not involved in Hamas. It called the abduction a crime.
Israel pulled out of Gaza last summer but there remains a regular exchange of missile fire."
2006-10-16: Many Israelis Furious at How War Was Run
Newspapers and radio shows were filled with outrage over army chief Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz's decision to sell off his stock portfolio just hours before launching Israel's biggest military operation since its 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
[rediger] The US-EU Empire on the move - South.
Diplomacy To The Fore As Military Stakes Rise
PRAGUE, July 23, 2006 (RFE/RL)
Defense Minister Peretz indicated on July 23 that diplomacy is an important element in Israeli thinking, saying that "we definitely see a combination of the existing military activity...alongside broad international diplomatic efforts accomplishing the job."
Peretz said on July 23 that Israel is willing to accept the deployment of an international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, saying the force should be led by NATO. The Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" quoted Peretz as telling German Foreign Minister Steinmeier that Israel would support such a force "because of the weakness of the Lebanese army."
Almost same story, reportedly from Israeli Prime Minister Olmert:
Israel's Olmert Might Accept a Multinational Force in Lebanon
July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he might accept a multinational force stationed in Lebanon as a means of ending the conflict, so long as it is manned by European Union troops and monitors Lebanon's border with Syria.
Olmert said in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier that Israel would ``agree to consider stationing a military force with combat experience in south Lebanon adjacent to Israel and at crossing points on Lebanon's Syrian border, according to a statement posted on the Web site of his office today....
``We can support some ideas of effective forces that will help the Lebanese government dismantle Hezbollah and take control of south Lebanon, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said at a news conference today. ``Israel's position will be determined, among other things, according to the effectiveness of these forces, its mandate.
Israel would be open to North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops policing the Israel-Lebanese border, where a United Nations force has been stationed since 1978, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon said today on CBS's ``Face the Nation.
This must come as a total shock to the good & honest folks at NATO.. or, could it be, that this was all planed and agreed on up front..?
Israeli bid a surprise to NATO
By Judy Dempsey International Herald Tribune - July 23, 2006
BERLIN- With NATO straining to fulfill its commitment in Afghanistan and facing new demands from the United Nations to send troops to Sudan, Israel's proposal that NATO provide a buffer zone along the Israeli-Lebanese border surprised members of the alliance Sunday.
"We got the distinct impression that the UN would be prepared to adapt its mandate, making it more robust," said a NATO diplomat who insisted on anonymity because the issue was so sensitive among all 26 member nations. "We wonder why Peretz raised the idea now."
The United States has already responded favorably to the request. John Bolton, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said Israel's request would be taken seriously
Speaking in a interview on CNN, Bolton said, "We have been looking carefully at a multinational force, perhaps authorized by the Security Council, but not a UN-helmeted force."
Any NATO role would need an official request from both Israel and the Lebanese governments. If such a request were made, it would put NATO under immense pressure to say yes, provided it operated under a UN mandate and its role and duration was clearly defined.
It probably would be commanded by a U.S. general, fueling Arab suspicion that it was pro-Israeli.