Netanyahu downplays tension between Israel and Lebanon

August 11, 2009 10:04 pm 

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that there are no special signs of imminent escalation of tensions along the border between Israel and Lebanon.

"We are not drifting toward war. It is just a media storm," local daily Ha'aretz quoted Netanyahu as saying, when he visited Hatzerim Air Force Base, near Beersheba.

Verbal wars erupted recently between Israeli and Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah officials, as both sides accused each other of intending to wage another war.

The Prime Minister said on Monday that Israel would hold Beirut accountable for any attack on Israeli targets from Lebanon, if Hezbollah joins the new government.

While Hezbollah's Vice Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on the same day that resistance against Israel is neither an option of the political moment nor a momentary reaction, but a fortification of independence.

The daily Ha'aretz reported Tuesday, citing a Lebanese army source, that Lebanese army was forced on alert, after Israeli forces had reportedly advanced to the controversial border area of the Shaba farms.

However, Netanyahu said, replying to a reporter's question, that "there is nothing in particular going on" at the border, another local news service Ynet reported.

The mounting tension came as a suspected Hezbollah arms and ammunition depot exploded on July 14 in South Lebanon. Both Israel and the UN interim forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) called it a serious violation of UN Resolution 1701, which ends the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006 and prohibits any unauthorized arms in UNIFIL's operation area. (PNA/Xinhua)

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