Next Lebanon War Must Hit Civilians, Israeli Minister Says

Israel’s Education Minister says that a war between Israel and Lebanon would result in Lebanon being sent “back to the middle ages.”

Naftali Benne said that if war break out with Lebanon, “its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets.”

His comments followed those by the Lebanese president Michel Aoun, who told Egyptian media last month that Lebanon-based group Hezbollah was an integral part of the country’s government.

Anti War reports:

Israeli military officials have been saying for the last several years that it’s pretty clear Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, with the belief that Hezbollah is more focused on fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria than on border skirmishes with Israel.

Still, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was very popular on the far-right, and even though Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of their invasion, many are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians.

That was the message of Education Minister Naftali Bennett today, and while it was couched as a response to Lebanon’s President recognizing that Hezbollah’s militia forces, which have been helping defend the border from ISIS and al-Qaeda raids, are “essential” to Lebanon’s defense.

This is being presented by hawks as a “recognition” of Hezbollah, which is meaningless since Hezbollah has been part of the Lebanese government for years. Israeli officials have been talking up the idea of deliberately targeting populated areas around Hezbollah in the next war for years, however, and this is just the latest pretext to reiterate it.

The real reason this narrative has been pushed is likely the reality that Israel’s military has a decidedly difficult time not killing civilians wholesale during wars, and simply wants to get a head start on justifying the reckless targeting of civilian homes.

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  • Djago

    The scum of the earth is working overtime


    Israel has already committed every war crime man has ever written laws against. They are immune from prosecution and their last two attacks against Gaza prove this. The Zionists control the media for just this reason. Israel creates false flag rocket attacks, then blame Palestinians. It’s a formula that will work against Lebanon too.

  • Jo Syphus

    This will be another war of the circumcised. So far Israel had never defeated any of the cripples with mutilated genitals. They couldn’t hold on to Gaza, failed in Lebanon and are sitting precariously on a photo set in Golan. Even Putin will not help them with Persians in Syria. Israelis will have to grow some foreskins

    • NDMA