Netanyahu sends out warning to Beirut

"If Hizbullah becomes part of government, we'll hold Lebanese government accountable," says PM.

Binyamin Netanyahu 248.88 (photo credit: AP)
Binyamin Netanyahu 248.88
(photo credit: AP)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Beirut on Monday that if Hizbullah becomes an official member of Lebanon's government, "we will hold the government accountable for any aggression against Israel coming out of its territory." Speaking to evacuees from the Gaza periphery in the Lakhish region, Netanyahu said "the sovereign government of Lebanon would be responsible" for any violent action against Israel, adding that "I hope we don't come to that." However, Netanyahu said current tensions between Israel and Hizbullah was not likely to spill over into violence. On Sunday, meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told The Jerusalem Post that Israel would delay any decision on whether to transfer the border village of Ghajar to UNIFIL for at least several weeks. Senior diplomatic officials said a planned security cabinet meeting on the matter this week was postponed because of a feeling that Hizbullah was drawing the wrong conclusions from reports that Jerusalem was considering withdrawing. According to this official, Hizbullah was viewing this as a sign of "weakness," and it was both strengthening Hizbullah's hand in the internal Lebanese political debate, and leading the organization to become more bellicose along the border. Israel does not want Hizbullah to claim credit for driving it out of Ghajar.