Barak: If Hezbollah Strikes, We Counter on Lebanon



By: SAMMY HUDES  
Published: July 27th 2010
in News » Israel

Defence Minister Ehud Barak

The IDF will consider attacking Lebanese government buildings if Hezbollah starts up another war, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Washington Post on Monday. He said that due to the fact that the Lebanese government is allowing Hezbollah to rearm, “We will see it as legitimate to hit any target that belongs to the Lebanese state, not just to Hezbollah.”

 

Barak said that in 2006, then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called former Israeli Prime Mister Ehud Olmert, asking him to not harm the government of Beirut. “They’re responsible for what happens, and if it happens that Hezbollah will shoot into Tel Aviv, we will not run after each Hezbollah terrorist or launcher of some rocket in all Lebanon,” said Barak. “We’ll see the government of Lebanon responsible for what happens.”

 

Addressing the Obama-led United States, which recently announced a $100 million donation in military aid to the Beirut government, Barak stated “that the walls between the Lebanese armed forces and Hezbollah – it’s quite porous. And whatever you give the Lebanese armed forces might end up in the hands of Hezbollah, be it technology or weapons or whatever.”

 

 

 

Barak, currently in Washington, will discuss American arms sales to Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, with the U.S. Defense Department and military officials in the coming days. “There are considerations in Washington about moving forward with major deals with our neighbors and we want to make sure that we are in an understanding with the [Obama] administration,” said the Israeli Defense Minister.

 

“We understand the American need, under the strategy of the administration, to kind of strengthen the moderate Arab countries facing the same threat from hegemonic Iran. But, at the same time, we have a tradition of understanding with following administrations to keep Israel's superiority in weapons’ systems and munitions.”

 

The Defence Minister also claimed that Israel and the United States are as close as they have ever been in sharing the same view regarding Iran. “I think that basically it’s still time for sanctions. Probably at a certain point we should realize that sanctions cannot work,” he said.

 

On the Palestinian front, Barak believes that Israel must present a peace plan that outlines the borders of any future Palestinian state, maintains a Jewish majority in Israel, solves the refugee problem and creates a “reasonable solution” for the future of Jerusalem.



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