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    Israel also co-locates many o..., 2006-07-31 10:14:21 | Main | I like fish. Too bad for me. ..., 2006-08-01 15:34:32

    The Omega Institute (OI), which works closely with the Institute for Policy Research for Development (IPRD), has learned from Israeli and Palestinian sources that just prior to the current crisis, senior Hamas leaders were in active dialogue with Israeli religious leaders in a round of bilateral peace negotiations

    ...hours before the meeting was due to start, the Israeli Shin Bet internal Security Service arrested Abu Tir and Abu Arafa and warned them not to attend the meeting, under threats of detention. The meeting, which offered a major opportunity to obtain Shalit's release and launch a new framework for peace, was thrown into disarray. The next day, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) invaded Gaza, and the day after both Abu Tir and Abu Arafa were abducted by Israeli forces, along with a third of the Palestinian Cabinet, provoking a predictable escalation of violence.

    Israel simultaneously began conducting covert incursions on to Lebanese territory, provoking Hizbollah's capture of two IDF soldiers. Credible sources confirm that the soldiers were not abducted on Israeli territory, but inside Lebanon. ... However, some reports corroborate the sources. Israeli officials, for instance, informed Forbes (12.7.06) that "Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel."

    update: The Israeli source in the Forbes article does not confirm that there was an in Israeli incursion into Lebanon, but confirm other details, the wikipedia entry on the the Zar'it-Ayta ash-Shab incident is well-referenced and says:

    Hezbollah initiated a diversionary Katyusha rocket and mortar attack on Israeli military positions and on the villages of Even Menahem and Mattat, injuring 5 civilians. At the same time, a ground contingent of Hezbollah attacked two Israeli armoured Humvees along the Israel-Lebanon border, near the village of Zar'it, capturing two Israeli soldiers and killing three.[1] Five others were killed later on the Lebanese side of the border on during a mission to rescue the two captured soldiers.[2]

    The Hezbollah and Lebanese police later stated the Israeli soldiers were attacked and captured on the Lebanese side of the border during "a mission to infiltrate the Lebanese town of Ayta ash-Shab".[3] However, the UN,[4] the EU,[5] the G8,[6] the US,[7] and prominent news agencies,[8][9][10][11] including Al Jazeera,[12] have characterized the Hezbollah action as "cross-border".


:: posted by buermann @ 2006-07-31 15:54:26 CST | link





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