Posted by: sean | October 5, 2008

IDF to level Lebanese villages

Gadi Eisenkot, head of the IDF’s northern division, has threatened to destroy Lebanese villages in the south in the event of another war between Lebanon and Israel:

“What happened in the Dahiya quarter of Beirut in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on,” said Gadi Eisenkot, head of the army’s northern division.

Dahiya was a Hezbollah stronghold that Israel flattened in sustained air raids during a 34-day war with the Shiite group two years ago.

“We will apply disproportionate force on it (village) and cause great damage and destruction there. From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases,” Eisenkot told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

“This is not a recommendation. This is a plan. And it has been approved,” Eisenkot added.

Israel’s behavior in 2006 was already disproportionate and indiscriminate when it came to targeting civilians,  but this newest declaration takes that to another level. I suppose, however, that if you’re going to commit war crimes, there’s at least something to be said about being up front and frank about it.



  1. well it seems that Israel still follow the belief that Arabs understand only force. Ironically the Arabs believe the same about Israel. What Israelis don’t understand is that Hezbollah cannot be eradicated in this way…such statements will only make people more sympathetic with the Hezb. There is no solution in the region except with just peace which starts by Israel accepting the Arab peace initiative. If this doesn’t happen the region will go steadily towards more fanaticism and violence.

  2. […] Abu Muqawama has some thoughts about the recent Israeli announcement: [T]he 2006 war — as bad as it was — could have been much, much worse. People know […]

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