Today I heard one of the most historical addresses by the Israeli UN ambassador on Lebanon.
Just quickly: he quoted Marwan Hamadeh, Elias Atallah and another unnamed Minister saying yesterday that Lebanon has been taken hostage by regional forces (Iran and Syria) and by terror (form Hizbullah).
He looked the Lebanese UN representative in the eye and said: I would like to make an appeal to Lebanon's representative. You know deep down that if you could, you would add your brave voice to the voices of your brave compatriots in Lebanon. You could be sitting next to me now to negotiate a solution. If we succeed, it will be beneficial for all of us. Lebanon has an opportunity to be a free, prosperous democratic Lebanon.
The Lebanese representative claimed what the government statements have been saying: that the government did not know, is not responsible and does not endorse the attacks by Hizbullah on northern Israel. But also said that Israel is brutally attacking civilians and infrastructure in Lebanon and that the attacks do not equate in magnitude to what they claim they want to do, which is target Hizbullah's military base.
By the way, the Israeli ambassador said that Hizbullah is launching its rockets from civilian houses with children and women acting as hosts of such rockets.
This is truely a brutal way of operating by Hizbullah. I hate violence and death. Enough is enough; the Lebanese government needs to take a stand. My country is wounded.
Update: Israeli Army has renewed attacks on the southern suburbs of Hizbullah.
Update 2: The Qatari UN representative had a moving statement, saying that Lebanon will not be left alone and that Lebanon is a great example of democracy in the Arab world and asked for a ceasefire.
Update 3: The Chinese ambassador asked Israel to end its land, sea and air blockade of Lebanon. But also called on Hizbullah to stop infiltrating the blue line to attack the Israeli army and to stop launching rockets on the north of Israel. He supports the decision of Kofi Annan of sending a group of mediators to the Middle East to broker a deal.
Update 4: Haret Hreik in Beirut is being bombarded by Israeli warships. Aita il-Sha3ib, a southern village, has been given by the IDF two hours to evacuate its civilians. Oslo called on its Israeli ambassador to object to what the Israeli government is doing in its attacks on Lebanon.
Update 5: According to the FPM website, CNN reported that the planes which were claimed to have been transported to Jordan, under the watchful eye of the IDF, are not those of MEA, but 4 are owned by Hariri and 1 by Najib Mikati.
Update 6: Hizbullah has launched rockets on IDF barracks in the Golan Heights. It shows that Syria is Hizbullah's patron.
Update 7: Al-Damour bridge was shelled, 17 injured including 7 children. Hizbullah's main headquarters was shelled. Hizbullah claimed that HA's Secretary General Sayyid Nasrallah is still alive.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."