Israel revives Lebanon war warning

An Israeli minister has repeated Olmert’s warning that the whole of Lebanon will become a target should Israel enter a new war with Hezbollah.

“The moment the Lebanese government confers legitimacy on Hezbollah, it must understand that the entire Lebanese state will be a target in the same way that all of Israel is a target for Hezbollah,” Israel’s Environment Minister Gideon Ezra told public radio.

“During the Second Lebanese War we considered the possibility of attacking Lebanon’s infrastructure but we never resorted to this option, because we thought at the time that all the Lebanese were not responsible for the Hezbollah attacks,” added Ezra, who is close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Ezra’s claims directly contradict the facts of the war in 2006, during which Israel targeted water treatment plants, fuel depots, electricity facilities and transport facilities including the domestic runway at Rafiq Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

At the beginning of the war, Israel’s army chief of staff, General Dan Halutz, famously said his military would target infrastructure and “turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years”.

Ezra made the remarks following a similar statement by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a visit to Israel’s Homefront Command Headquarters on Tuesday.

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