Hizbullah fighters in training [illustrative].
(photo credit: AP)
Hizbullah forces should accept Lebanese Army command, Lebanese Forces party chief Samir Geagea proposed yesterday during high level defense strategy talks between Beirut officials, Lebanese media reported on Friday. His proposal was positioned as a way to solve the problem of Hizbullah's large-scale possession of weaponry even though it is a non-state actor.
Geagea's proposal also included a plan to reinforce the Lebanese Armed Forces deployment in South Lebanon with 3000-4000 special force troops, who could potentially be disguised in civilian dress and dispersed in urban areas throughout the region bordering Israel.
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The head of the pro-Hizbullah party Loyalty to Resistance MP Mohammed Raad rejected Geagea's proposal out of hand as an attempt to marginalize Hizbullah's power base.
"The aim of Geagea's proposal is not to defend Lebanon, but rather to
get rid of Hizbullah and its arms," Raad was quoted by Lebanese
newspaper An Nahar
Israel vowed to respond harshly to further Lebanese aggression after a reserve
battalion commander was killed
in the beginning of August and
another soldier was seriously wounded in the worst violence along the
northern border since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The IDF is concerned with the radicalization that the LAF has undergone
over the past year, including the assistance it provides Hizbullah in
hiding its arms caches and operations throughout southern Lebanon.Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.