Cabinet approves extended ground operation

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Amidst attempts by the United States and France for a cease-fire in the region, Israel’s national security cabinet has approved an extended ground operation in Lebanon toward the Litani River. The defense establishment is ready to present a plan to operate against Katyusha launchers in all of southern Lebanon.

In a speech on Monday Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel would continue to fight to eliminate the threat of rocket attacks even at a terrible price.

The prime minister’s office and other security officials would carefully examine the proposal. The national security cabinet is in the process of looking into the Lebanese prime minister’s proposal to station 1,500 Lebanese soldiers in the south of their country, but the government is not too keen on the idea. The government prefers a multinational force alongside the Lebanese army.

Israel is unwilling to consider removing its troops until an international force arrives.

Unconfirmed sources said Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is expected to attend Security Council meetings over the weekend.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier will meet with Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Prime Minister Olmert and Foreign Minister Livni on Wednesday.

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