Report: US involved in planning Lebanon offensive

The New Yorker magazine reported that the United States was involved in the planning of Israel's Lebanon offensive, Israel Radio reported on Monday. According to the magazine, even before the two IDF soldiers were kidnapped, Israeli sources presented the government with a plan for the massive bombing of Hizbullah the next time they provoked Israel. The report said that US President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were convinced that Hizbullah's surrender to the IDF would serve Washington's purposes if the US were to attack Iran. Israeli Ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon denied the claim.