UN: Unlikely Israel will wage war on Lebanon

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UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams told Al-Jumhuriya newspaper it is unlikely that Israel will wage war on Lebanon, adding that Lebanon is “probably the only country in the world whose sovereignty is violated almost every day.”

He said what is important for Israel is that the issue of Hezbollah and its arms is resolved because “in all countries, the state completely controls its territories and its arms, while the situation in Lebanon is different.”

He added that Lebanon’s commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1701 is “excellent.”

He commented on the recent attacks against UNIFIL troops, saying that he was worried that no one has been arrested.

All countries participating in UNIFIL want to know who is behind such attacks, he added

He is referring to the three French UNIFIL soldiers that were wounded in a roadside bombing in the southern city of Saida in July, and six Italian UNIFIL soldiers that were wounded in an explosion targeting their convoy in Saida in May.

Commenting on the Syrian situation he predicted that the uprising, which has been ongoing since mid-March, will not spill into Lebanon.

“The crisis in Syria will not be transferred to Lebanon…because Lebanon is different than Syria since [the former is a democracy .”

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10 responses to “UN: Unlikely Israel will wage war on Lebanon”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Maybe he should have said “Former Democracy of Lebanon” or ‘was a democracy’ … as we wonder which trash-can the next ballots will end up in. If an election even occurs …..

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    Maybe he should have said “Former Democracy of Lebanon” or ‘was a democracy’ … as we wonder which trash-can the next ballots will end up in. If an election even occurs …..

  3. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
    Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Here’s a thought. Lebanon has never been involved in attacking or subverting Syria’s existence. Syria invaded Lebanon. Israel has never attacked any country that didn’t in some way collaborate in attacking her.

    1. Saying Lebanon is a big word, what do you mean by Lebanon? If you havent seen everyone here has a different opinion, Half our country supports Syria, while almost no one in our country support Israel. Both Israel and Syria harmed our country neither were good guys. Syria affected my life tragically, but if you can justify the 20,000 civilians dead to Israeli hands in 1982 (which there is no justification) dont give the typical Israel self defense excuse. In America they say Republicans and Democrats are the same ass but different cheek, the same applies in Lebanon, same ass different cheek for Israel and Syria. Israel has not much support from Lebanese Christians, including me. Israel backstabbed their allies, i rather have an enemy than a fake friend.

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        Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

         Well, we are a democracy and as such, most people didn’t want to be embroiled in a war that they felt wasn’t essential to our survival, causing us to pull out. I think that Barak is a piece of ****. However, I would dispute the idea that no one in Lebanon is in favor of Israel. There are many who are, they just aren’t allowed to say it in the media or in any official or public channel.

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        Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        Also, don’t forget that Elie Hoebeka was a double agent for Syria who double-crossed Israel. That’s one fake friend. Also President Amine Gemayel signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1983 and annulled it under Syrian pressure.   It’s really a two way street Beiruti. However, I take your point and must admit that I do feel ashamed of the way that my country dealt with the situation.

  4. Here’s a thought. Lebanon has never been involved in attacking or subverting Syria’s existence. Syria invaded Lebanon. Israel has never attacked any country that didn’t in some way collaborate in attacking her.

    1.  Avatar

      Saying Lebanon is a big word, what do you mean by Lebanon? If you havent seen everyone here has a different opinion, Half our country supports Syria, while almost no one in our country support Israel. Both Israel and Syria harmed our country neither were good guys. Syria affected my life tragically, but if you can justify the 20,000 civilians dead to Israeli hands in 1982 (which there is no justification) dont give the typical Israel self defense excuse. In America they say Republicans and Democrats are the same ass but different cheek, the same applies in Lebanon, same ass different cheek. Israel has not much support from Lebanese Christians, including me. Israel backstabbed their allies, i rather have an enemy than a fake friend.

      1.  Well, we are a democracy and as such, most people didn’t want to be embroiled in a war that they felt wasn’t essential to our survival, causing us to pull out. I think that Barak is a piece of ****. However, I would dispute the idea that no one in Lebanon is in favor of Israel. There are many who are, they just aren’t allowed to say it in the media or in any official or public channel.

      2. Also, don’t forget that Elie Hoebeka was a double agent for Syria who double-crossed Israel. That’s one fake friend. Also President Amine Gemayel signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1983 and annulled it under Syrian pressure.   It’s really a two way street Beiruti. However, I take your point and must admit that I do feel ashamed of the way that my country dealt with the situation.

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