Palestinians continue to fire rockets from northern Gaza, into
13, 2006: Hizbollah is demanding more seats in the Lebanese cabinet, so that
Hizbollah would have a veto over anything the government sought to do. The
majority Christians, Sunnis and Druze have refused. Hizbollah believes that it
is strong enough to impose its will on the majority of Lebanese.
Hizbollah openly boasts of the huge amount of cash it is getting from Iran, and
points out that the UN peacekeepers in southern Israel do not interfere with
Hizbollah, and, instead, protect Hizbollah from the Israelis. If the majority
Lebanese refuse Hizbollah demands, they risk starting another civil war.
Hizbollah is less afraid of another war, and this gives Hizbollah an
11, 2006: The UN tried to condemn Israel for its attempts to stop Palestinian
rocket attacks into southern Israel. The Palestinian attacks are seen as
legitimate attempts to destroy Israel, while Israeli attempts to defend itself
are considered a war crime. The U.S. vetoed the UN resolution, and was
condemned by Moslem nations. In addition, Arab countries say they will now
allow their banking systems to move money to Hamas, and support Palestinian
terrorist operations (which, to many Arabs, are not terrorism, but legitimate
self-defense against Israel, which has no right to exist.)
10, 2006: Fatah and Hamas still cannot work out a deal to form a unity government.
Even if they did, Hamas insists it would not give up its insistence that Israel
be destroyed. It's become an article of faith that, eventually, Israel will be
destroyed, and anyone who opposes that is anti-Arab. An increasing number of
Europeans have accepted this view, and this has led to a sharp increase in
anti-Semitic violence in Europe. This encourages Islamic terrorists, who now
believe that a world-wide Islamic state is possible.
9, 2006: France demanded that Israel stop its recon flights over Lebanon. The
French are upset at the fact that the Israeli flights reveal continued arms
shipments across the border from Syria to Hizbollah. The UN peacekeeping force
in south Lebanon is doing nothing to stop the arms shipments, is not making any
attempt to disarm Hizbollah, and will not patrol at night. The Israeli
reconnaissance sees Hizbollah rebuilding their stock of rockets, and launching
positions near the Israeli border, without any interference from the Lebanese
army or the UN peacekeepers.