Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hezbollah has 80,000 missiles?

An article at Naharnet quotes Shimon Peres:
Israeli President Shimon Peres said in comments published Saturday that Israel knew about "80,000 missiles" in the possession of Hizbullah.

In an interview with the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper, Peres cast doubt on "Hizbullah's goals and the justifications for its presence."

"Hizbullah is working for its own interests and will always find a pretext to continue its policy against Israel, even if the (Israeli army) withdrew from Shebaa Farms and the Lebanese Ghajar village," he said.

"Lebanon used to have an ambition to become the Switzerland of the Orient, and why not? But instead it has become the Iran of the region," he said. [...]
At the Daily Star, Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh says its not true:
[...] Responding to Peres’ comments, Salloukh dismissed the figure as "lies." "I don’t know how he counted these rockets," Salloukh told The Daily Star. "Let them [Israel] give us a list showing who the source is and how they identify these rockets. [Peres] imagines too much."

Salloukh also referred to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s tenth report on UN Security Council Resolution 1701, where he found that "to date, [UN peacekeeping force] UNIFIL has neither been provided with, nor found, evidence of new military infrastructure or the smuggling or arms into" southern Lebanon. [...]
Sounds like they have those missiles, doesn't it? Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV site has a story similar to the one at Naharnet. It features some pro-Hezbollah reader comments if you like such things.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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