Sunday, August 27, 2006
After Palestinians kidnapped the soldier on June 25, this from a Reuters article of the same date :
Israel deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure in both Palestine and Lebanon
Israeli leaders ordered the army to prepare for "urgent military action" and a "harsh response," including targeting civilian infrastructure and possibly striking at elected leaders of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, officials said.
Likewise, according to an article in the New Yorker by noted investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, it was Israel's strategy in Lebanon to target the civilian infrastructure in order to "turn" the people against Hezbollah:
The initial plan, as outlined by the Israelis, called for a major bombing campaign in response to the next Hezbollah provocation, according to the Middle East expert with knowledge of U.S. and Israeli thinking. Israel believed that, by targeting Lebanon’s infrastructure, including highways, fuel depots, and even the civilian runways at the main Beirut airport, it could persuade Lebanon’s large Christian and Sunni populations to turn against Hezbollah, according to the former senior intelligence official
Amnesty has condemned Israel for its deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure in its latest report on Israel and Lebanon. Here are the findings of Human Rights Watch for Israel/Lebanon.
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