Israeli involvement in Lebanon could lead to PM’s assassination

Sunday, December 03, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Lebanon's escalating political crisis shows no sign of easing, especially with Hizballah’s campaign to topple the Western-backed government. Despite this, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora refuses to resign.

“The resignation of the Lebanese government will increase the chance of another war next summer,” said former OC intelligence directorate Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze'evi Farkash.

In an interview with Army Radio, Farkash said it is not worth it for Israel to get involved in Lebanon's political crisis. He believes Israeli interference could lead Syria and Iran to assassinate Siniora.

“Europe's job is to prevent extremist elements who are trying to turn Lebanon into an Iranian stronghold from gaining control,” he said.

He pinpointed France, saying they must “make it clear to Syria” that events in Lebanon were connected “economically and diplomatically” to Syria’s own situation.

Farkash said he believes it is necessary for all forces in the region to understand that a unity government such as one Hizballah was proposing would seek “to silence Siniora's government, or even ultimately [set up] a hostile establishment.”

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