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Israel to Nasrallah: Disarm or Else

John on August 15, 2006 at 10:27 pm

It couldn’t be more predictable really. Under UN pressure, Israel agrees to pull out of Lebanon on the condition that Hezbollah disarms. Before the end of day one of the ceasefire, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah is already saying now is not the right time to disarm. Wait a week. Add rockets. And voila! Right back where we started or as the French say in-between fits of cowering and betrayal, “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.”
Not this time it seems:

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah reportedly reached a deal allowing Hizbullah to keep its weapons but refrain from exhibiting them in public. Israeli officials called the arrangement a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which passed over the weekend and was approved on Sunday by the cabinet.

“The resolution is clear that Hizbullah needs to be removed from the border area, embargoed and dismantled,” the official said. “If the resolution is not implemented, we will have to take action to prevent the rearming of Hizbullah. I don’t think backtracking will serve any useful purpose. There has to be pressure on Hizbullah to disarm or there will have to be another round.”

With Iran talking tough and even Syria issuing threats about the future of Iraq, it’s no time to back down.

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