There should be no doubt at this point in history....the US and Israel have targeted Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and North Korea next...others down the road unless they roll over and succumb...Pakistan, Libya, Egypt. The new mantra is rather clear and simple - "You Must Comply, Resistance is Futile" following on "You are Either With Us or Against Us".
Israel Threatens Syria Over Hizbollah Shelling
By Corinne Heller
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel threatened Syria on Monday after Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon fired anti-aircraft shells that killed an Israeli teen-ager on Israel's northern border, but said it hoped to defuse tension through diplomacy.
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Zeev Boim said Israel held Syria, the main powerbroker in Lebanon, responsible for Hizbollah's actions.
"Syria is definitely the umbilical cord from which Hizbollah feeds," he told Army Radio. "If there is escalation from their side, there will be definitely be a clear military response from Israel that could inevitably be against Syrian targets."
The death of the 16-year-old in the Israeli border town of Shlomi Sunday was the first fatality from Hizbollah shelling since Israel withdrew its forces from south Lebanon in May 2000 after a 22-year occupation, amid daily attacks by the group.
In the Lebanese capital, Hizbollah threatened renewed anti-aircraft fire if Israeli aircraft entered Lebanese airspace again. Boim said Israeli flights, which he called reconnaissance missions, would continue. Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Lebanon, told reporters in Beirut: "We are appealing to all sides ... to stop this type of potential escalation. Overflights should not take place over Lebanon."
He complained about the danger of anti-aircraft fire, which he said was "most of the time correlated to overflights."
Israeli warplanes bombed an anti-aircraft battery on the edge of a south Lebanon village Sunday in retaliation for the Shlomi shelling. Israeli warplanes later flew over Beirut, breaking the sound barrier.
Israel called the air raids a "warning signal" and Boim appeared to signal that Israel did not for now plan further military action. He said diplomatic pressure "could be an effective tool as well."
BORDER HEATS UP
Tension has risen on the border since Hizbollah, which is also backed by Iran and controls south Lebanon, fired rockets and mortars at an Israeli post in a disputed area Friday.
Hizbollah regards the area, known as Shebaa Farms and retained by the Israeli army after its withdrawal from the rest of southern Lebanon, as Lebanese territory. The United Nations says it belongs to Syria.
Israeli military officials said that in Sunday's incident, Hizbollah had not aimed its shells at aircraft but had deliberately fired them at Shlomi.
The flare-up along the border, which had been quiet since January, followed a vow by Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah to retaliate for the killing of a Hizbollah operative in a car bombing in Beirut, which he blamed on Israel. Israel has denied complicity in the attack.
Israel appeared to have an economic interest in avoiding further hostilities that could spell disaster for its summer tourism industry in the Galilee, which has been sluggish for the past two years of national recession.
Danny Buzaglo, manager of a holiday club in northern Israel, told Israel Radio: "I don't think we should strike now. We attacked them for 20 years, so it's possible to hold back and let the summer pass peacefully so tourists come up north."