'Israel won't initiate attack in North'

Barak: "If forced into conflict... we would hold all of Lebanon responsible."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 9, 2010 13:55
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak during a visit to the

barak with kid smiling 311 MOD. (photo credit: Ariel Hermoni / Defense Ministry)

 
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“We are not looking for confrontations. Israel will not initiate attacks in the northern arena but we are strong and deterring,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday during a talk with high school students in northern Israel.

According to Barak, “If we are forced into a confrontation, we will not seek to run after every Hizbullah operative in some village or after a rocket launcher hidden under a tree, but rather we would hold the government of Lebanon and all of Lebanon responsible for any Hizbullah attack, and we strongly advise them not to try and take action against us.”

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With regards to Iran, Barak said, “We must mainly trust ourselves. Israel is the strongest country in a 1,500 kilometer radius. However, our enemies are not sleeping and we have to be well-prepared.”

Asked whether Israel had made mistakes in the negotiations to secure the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Barak replied, “I would rather see him first at home with his parents. Only then we would conduct all the necessary inquires and thoroughly check ourselves and draw conclusions, and there are no doubt conclusions to be drawn both from Gilad’s incident and also the possibility that the other side would adopt this method, knowing how Israel cares for its citizens and soldiers.”

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