Israel Concerned Over Impending UNIFIL Breakdown in Lebanon

[Jerusalem Post] Yaakov Katz - A high-ranking Israeli defense official said Monday the outcome of next month's Spanish national elections could determine whether that country continues to participate in UNIFIL. Six Spanish peacekeepers were killed in an attack in southern Lebanon in July. The official said that if war broke out with Hizbullah, UNIFIL would be expected to immediately withdraw its forces from southern Lebanon. While Israel does not count on UNIFIL to prevent Hizbullah attacks, the force has succeeded in preventing Hizbullah from reestablishing its positions along the border and in southern Lebanon generally; Hizbullah has moved most of its positions north of the Litani River, to an area beyond the mandate of the UN force. On Monday, the IDF deployed a Patriot Missile battery on the outskirts of Haifa as part of precautions against a possible attack by Hizbullah.

2008-02-19 01:00:00

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