Israel says it can target Hizbollah arms despite truce
By Adam EntousSun Aug 13, 2:40 PM ET
, preventing the swift deployment of international troops meant to monitor a ceasefire.
The Israeli operations could include air strikes against arms convoys , a senior Israeli official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Major-General Benny Gantz, head of the ground forces branch, told reporters that the Israeli army will cease fire if Hizbollah will cease fire.
But he added: "The ceasefire is not a cessation of Israeli army activity in the Lebanon arena ... It will protect its troops and civilians."
"It will be a fragile truce," said a Western diplomat involved in the deliberations.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's cabinet formally approved the resolution on Sunday. The United Nations said Israeli and Lebanese leaders had agreed a truce would take effect at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Monday.
CLEARING OUT HIZBOLLAH
The truce will mark the end of Israel's offensive operations, senior Israeli officials said.
But they said
**will the US stop sending weapons to Israel?**
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said the embargo means that any "arms entering Lebanon for Hizbollah would be a violation of the resolution."
"As a result, if no one else was acting to prevent that violation, Israel would be entitled to do so," Regev said, without going into details.
Israel has attacked vehicles it said were carrying weapons to Hizbollah during the month-long war. But An air strike on a convoy on Friday killed a Lebanese Red Cross worker and six other civilians.
A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel was very concerned that the embargo outlined in the resolution will not be enforced, putting the onus on Israel to act militarily.
"We will not allow the re-supply of rockets and ammunition to Hizbollah if they try to do it under the pretext of the cessation of hostilities," the official said.
"Violation of the embargo... is something that is clearly an offensive move against Israel. It is therefore something that we cannot accept and we have full right to take defensive measures again," the official added.