Israel Softens Position
Monday, July 17, 2006
(SNN Beirut) Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert said Monday that fighting in Lebanon could end once it's conditions are met. However, Olmert said Israel would have no mercy on those who had attacked its cities.
When Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, Olmert said "We are not looking for war or direct conflict, but if necessary, we will not be frightened by it." Olmert then went on to demonstrate that "not being frightened" was defined by "bombing the crap out of anything that moved."
Israeli officials have said publicly that Israel would not stop fighting until Hezbollah, a Shiite militia that controls much of south Lebanon, is dismantled. However, on Monday, Olmert said Hezbollah should merely be moved away from the border and forced to eat pork sandwiches.