Hizbullah parade 311 AP.
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Publication of the findings of a United Nations probe into the assassination of
former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri could lead Hizbullah to violently
take over Lebanon, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned on
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assassination of Hariri.
Ashkenazi told his Canadian counterpart, Gen.
Walt Natynczyk, during talks in Ottawa on Monday that violence could erupt in
Lebanon following the publication of the report, which is expected to point to
top Hizbullah operatives as having been behind the assassination.
radicals are gaining strength in Lebanon,” Ashkenazi told Natynczyk, according
to an officer accompanying the chief of General Staff on his trip to North
America. “The publication of the report could destabilize Lebanon and be used as
an excuse by Hizbullah to complete its takeover over the entire
Ashkenazi said that UNIFIL was effective in disrupting
Hizbullah’s activities in southern Lebanon but was failing to stop the group
from building up its military capabilities.
On Tuesday, Ashkenazi will
head to Washington for talks with Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, and top officials in the Pentagon.
During those talks,
Ashkenazi will share Military Intelligence’s assessment that tough sanctions on
Iran could be effective in getting the regime to suspend its enrichment of
“The regime is radical but not suicidal,” Ashkenazi told
Natynczyk on Monday.