This morning’s top quote by President George W. Bush
“In my judgment, the best way to stop the violence is to understand why the violence occurred in the first place. And that's because Hezbollah has been launching rocket attacks out of Lebanon into Israel, and because Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers. That's why we have violence.
And the best way to stop the violence is for Hezbollah to lay down its arms, and to stop attacking. And, therefore, I call upon Syria to exert influence over Hezbollah.” Read more of President Bush and Russian President Putin comments and Q and A in Press Availability HERE
All cable news channels are reporting Israel has just fired four missiles at a boarder crossing point between Syria and Lebanon. Syrian troops are reported to be along this area... Israel Military is confirming strikes on Lebanon side of the Boarder.
> Jpost.com is reporting... The damaged Israeli warship has returned to Port.
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Monster an Critics.com is reporting... Israel kept up its concerted assault against Lebanon Saturday, attacking areas and infrastructure in its northern neighbor as Hezbollah guerillas continued firing rockets at the Jewish state in defiance of a call by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora for an immediate ceasefire... The latest Israeli attacks brought the death toll in Lebanon to close to 90 people... Read this story in full HERE
> TheAge.com.au has a good read this morning. It goes in part like this... "LOOK at it burn," Hezbollah's chief declared as a missile struck an Israeli warship, hours after his stronghold in southern Beirut was bombed. Read story HERE
khaleejtimes.com’s take on the latest event goes as follows... Israeli warplanes pounded Hezbollah’s south Beirut stronghold and roads around the country, killing at least 18 Lebanese as they fled the onslaught. Hezbollah expanded its rocket fire, hitting another of Israel’s main cities, and Israel warned that the guerrillas could strike Tel Aviv. Read more of this story HERE
FOXNEWS.com is now reporting... Witnesses said Israeli aircraft attacked central Beirut Saturday for the first time in a four-day offensive, striking a lighthouse and the capital's seaport. Read this story in full HERE
Yahoo News reports... Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora called for a cease-fire under U.N. auspices Saturday, as Israeli warplanes hit central Beirut for the first time and smashed the Hezbollah leadership's main strongholds. Read this short read in full HERE (Has photos videos and more)
Ynetnews.com is reporting... The IDF has stationed three Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries in Haifa Saturday, aimed at intercepting missiles launched at the area. Two of the batteries were deployed Saturday morning, and the third one was placed in the area in the afternoon. Read this story in full HERE
Read more updates at DEBKAfile’s Homepage
ynetsnews.com has another good read that goes in part as follows... Defense Minister Amir Peretz is set to declare Saturday the coming into effect of a “special situation” in the home front. The announcement will enable the security forces to instruct the shutting down of schools, to operate essential industries and to close certain areas for traffic. The declaration is aimed at narrowing the damages of the expanding fighting in the north. Read story in full HERE (Has photos and video)
IrishExaminer.com is reporting... Hezbollah guerrillas who are bombarding Israel with missiles are being helped by members of Iran’s revolutionary guards, Israel said tonight... Israel also warned the terror group has Iranian missiles that could hit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, major Israeli cities that sit up to 124 miles from the Lebanese border. Read story in full HERE (Note: You best read this one)
IsraelNationalNews.com reports... Israeli air force planes continue striking Lebanese targets, completely wiping out radar positions on the Lebanese coast on Saturday evening... Read story in full HERE
JTA.org is reporting... Israeli forces moved back into the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday, clashing with Palestinian gunmen. Read this short report HERE
Over these last few days... I have notice that most all the attacks, from all sides, have slowed to a crawl at night time and heated back up big time during the day. (This is why I haven’t been posting much over the last 8 hours or so.)
With that said... The sun has now risen again on this battle. I wonder what this Sunday shall hold for god’s children of the Middle East...?
USAToday.com reports... Lebanon accused the United States on Saturday of blocking a U.N. Security Council statement calling for a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, saying the impotence of the United Nations' most powerful body sent the wrong signal to small countries and the Arab world... It was said thought that the U.S. and Britain wanted to wait for the outcome of this weekend's Group of Eight meeting in Russia, an Arab League foreign ministers meeting, and a mission sent to the Middle East by Secretary-General Kofi Annan... Read this story in full HERE
TheSouthernIllinoisan.com has a good recap of the last day and night events... It goes in part as follows... Waves of warplanes thundering through the darkness bombed Beirut's southern suburbs for hours early Sunday, a day after Israel stepped up its air strikes and tightened a noose around this reeling nation. Read this story in full HERE
Daily UPDATES of EVENTS on GROUND at IDF Official Website
NOTE: More ongoing updates can be found at:
HAARETZ.com News Flashes
IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority) TV NEWS in ENGLISH
This is event number two and the World ratchets up one more notch to an all-out war. It’s not going to take but one or two more significant events in this conflict to set this over into an all-out WORLD WAR.
Get ready Mr. President.
The biggest decision of your life might be coming.
We all pray that moment never comes......
July 12, 2006
Blue Star Chronicles
(Has great post on Missile- not UAV- hit Israel & Egyptian Ships)
Lebanon Situation Update
This information is current as of today, Sat Jul 15 18:35:30 2006.
A message to the American citizens in Lebanon:
Read above message in full and get up to date info at Travel.State.Gov