Israel sees collision course with Hizballah

Thursday, August 07, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's security cabinet on Wednesday warned Lebanese terrorist militia Hizballah that it will not be permitted to continue violating UN Security Council Resolution 1701 by receiving illicit arms shipments via Syria.

Israel has kept a close eye on the ongoing arms smuggling that has helped Hizballah rebuild since the 2006 Second Lebanon War by conducting regular military overflights.

Hizballah recently threatened to use air defense systems it hopes to take possession of in the near future to shoot down the Israeli planes. The threat prompted Wednesday's cabinet meeting.

Israeli defense officials told the ministers that Hizballah is interested in renewing its conflict with Israel by shooting down an Israeli plane flying over Lebanon, as such an action would enable the group to bolster its image as Lebanon's "shield" against Israeli aggression.

The cabinet said it cannot accept a situation whereby Israel is unable to monitor the arms shipments because Hizballah is threatening its pilots, and strongly urged the UN to do more to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to the terror group.

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