Editorial

Yet another Israeli sham

An Israeli military digger works on the Lebanese-Israeli border next to a wall that was built by Israel in the southern village of Kafr Kila, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Israel Tuesday raised the specter of war once again with its army announcing the start of an operation along its northern border with Lebanon to “expose and thwart cross border tunnels,” allegedly dug by Hezbollah.

The flagrant farce is Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu declaring that the tunnels are a violation of Israel’s sovereignty, although this regime has violated Lebanese sovereignty in the air, sea and land countless times, contravening every U.N. resolution to stop such aggression since the ’60s.

It is obvious that, as several reports from Tel Aviv indicate, the military operation is nothing but a PR stunt by Netanyahu, who can sense the noose tightening around his neck after Sunday’s confirmation that there is enough evidence to indict him in a third corruption investigation. The reports also said evidence was found of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in which the premier’s wife Sara is deeply involved.

Moreover, the announcement of the operation off the southern border Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, comes amid a toxic atmosphere threatening Netanyahu’s future as defections and resignations plague his Cabinet, though Israel claims that a “dedicated team” has been tackling the tunnel problem since 2014.

The White House, meanwhile, puts its double standards on full display and demonstrates its use of blinkers by blindly giving its full backing to the Israeli operation, while this nation, supposedly on friendly terms with Beirut and Lebanese officials, remains completely silent on the incessant violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by the Jewish state on a daily basis.

In addition, the U.N. peacekeeping force now faces the challenge of maintaining the continued calm and stability in this sensitive and explosive area by liaising with all relevant sides, keeping in mind that a warmonger whose political future hangs by a thread would be quick to entertain the idea of war.

Now, more than ever, the U.S. and other superpowers are urged to focus their efforts on the menace created by Israel that might get out of hand and inflame an already volatile region.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 05, 2018, on page 1.

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