Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ten Days ahead of Israeli Maneuver, Lebanon Maintains Calm


"....Yet, and while all eyes are directed towards June 7 to witness the "awaited change" in the Lebanese political life, another day imposes itself on the Lebanese arena, urging the political authority to remain vigilant, watchful and cautious: May 31…

May 31 is the appointed day for the Israeli maneuver, entitled "Turning Point 3," the largest maneuver in the history of the Zionist entity since its creation… In this drill, that will last 5 days, the planned scenario is: confronting a rocket attack from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza simultaneously with an escalation in the West Bank, unconventional rocket attacks, the explosion of dangerous material in the Haifa Bay and a terrorism-related incident in Eilat; a series of attacks across the entity.

However, ten days ahead of the drill, the Lebanese authorities are still "maintaining their calm," just as if Lebanon was not concerned with the maneuver. Not only no procedures have been taken to face the drill but even more, the topic was not seriously raised at official circles despite the fact that Hezbollah pointed to the seriousness of the issue since the beginning, during the national dialogue conference through the head of the Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc MP Mohamad Raad.

On Monday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah raised, once again, the issue and expressed regret for the absence of a serious will to deal with the issue......"

No comments: