BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel has hit hundreds of targets in Lebanon as part of its effort to force the release of two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas, a top Israeli general said Thursday.
Meantime, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said the country has information that the Lebanese guerrillas who captured the two Israeli soldiers are trying to transfer them to Iran.
"We have concerns that they could be taken out of Lebanon to Iran. Those concerns have a basis," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev. He did not disclose the source of his information.
GOI: There goes the neighborhood!!! Now Iran could possibley become involved by hiding some of the soldiers taken captive. This is in addition to Iran funding Hezbollah. As if we didn't have enough on our hands with Iran.
Some of the Israeli bombing raids have hit near Syria which could threaten bringing that country into this conflict. Especially since Syria has long been a defender of Lebanon and another source for the financing of Hezbollah. The United States has joined Israel in blaming Iran and Syria in addition to Lebanon and Hezbollah for the kidnapping of the soldiers. The middle-east seems to be blowing up into a regional war, a sentiment expressed today by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel certainly has a right to defend itself but I just wonder where this will all end??
The escalation of violence in the Middle East pushed crude oil prices to a new intraday record of $75.88 a barrel.
GOI: There needs to be a cease fire brokered by the United States and the U.N. to help reduce the threat of a regional war breaking out from Israel to Lebanon to Syria to Iraq to Iran and perhaps even into Afghanistand and Pakistan. It is especially important i think that America should be involved in working for a cease fire as to not appear only caring about Israel's interests.
We need to send special envoy's of former President's and current senators who have statesmen like clout around the world to help stabilize and cool off all of these hot spots.
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