U.S. Rushes Laser-Guided Bombs to
the Zionist entity
NEW YORK — The Bush
administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to the Zionist
entity, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air
campaign against the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah, The New York Times
revealed on Saturday, July 22.
Citing US officials who spoke
on condition of anonymity, the Times said the decision to ship the weapons
quickly came after relatively little debate within the administration.
The arms shipment has not been
announced publicly. The officials who described the administration's decision to
rush the munitions included employees of two government agencies, one of whom
described the shipment as just one example of a broad array of armaments that
the United States has long provided the Zionist entity, the Times said.
The munitions are actually part
of a multimillion-dollar arms-sale package approved last year which the Zionist
entityis able to tap when it needs to, the officials told the paper.
But some US military officers
said the request for expedited delivery was unusual and indicated that the
Zionist entity has many targets it plans to hit in Lebanon.
Pentagon and military officials
declined to describe in detail the size and contents of the shipment to Israel,
the newspaper said, and they would not say whether the munitions were being
shipped by cargo aircraft or some other means.
A Zionist army spokesman said
Saturday that the Zionist entity will pursue its war on Hizbullah with more
military incursions into south Lebanon, but will not unleash a full-scale
invasion "for the moment."
probably widen, but we are still looking at limited operations," he said.
"We're not talking about massive forces going inside at
The Zionist entity has been
building up its forces at the border and has called up 3,000 reserves.
Thousands of Lebanese civilians
have fled north fearing the Zionist entity will invade and expand an 11-day-old
bombardment of Lebanon which has killed 345 people, mostly civilians.
Lebanese families packed into
cars and pickup trucks and clogged roads to the north after Zionist planes
dropped leaflets on Friday warning residents of south Lebanon to flee for safety
beyond the Litani river, about 20 km (13 miles) from the border.
Foreigners have also flooded
out of the country. Ships and aircraft worked through the night scooping more
tired and scared people from Lebanon and bringing them to Cyprus and Turkey.
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice will go to the Middle East on Sunday, July 23, while resisting
international pressure for an immediate cease-fire between the Zionist entity
Some US analysts doubt Rice's
prospects for stopping 10 days of fighting because of her reluctance to talk to
key players — Hizbullah and its backers, Iran and Syria.
Resisting calls from the United
Nations, Europe and the Arab world, she said an immediate cease-fire would
produce a "false promise" that would allow
Hizbullah to re-emerge in the future to attack the Zionist entity, the top US
ally in the region.
immediate cease-fire without political conditions does not make sense,"
simply look for a cease-fire ... we will be back here in six months again,"
she added. "What I won't do is go to some place and try to
get a cease-fire that I know isn't going to last."
As part of a political
solution, Rice said there would be a need for a "robust"
international force inside Lebanon but added that the United States was still
discussing with its partners what its mandate would be.
US troops were not anticipated
in any expanded international peace force for Lebanon, she said.
The Bush administration faced
some pressure at home to do more to try to end the violence in the Middle East
as US Senate Democratic leaders called on the president to immediately appoint a
special envoy to the Middle East.
Senate Democratic leader Harry
Reid of Nevada and Sen. Joseph Biden, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations
Committee, said in a letter to Bush that they were
"surprised" that Rice plans only a brief stop in the region.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator
Jan Egeland said Friday he had formally asked the Zionist and Lebanese
governments a day earlier to guarantee safe passage routes by land, air and sea
into and out of Lebanon.
More than 500,000 people, over
a third of them children, had been touched in Lebanon by the conflict and more
than 100,000 Lebanese were now in Syria, most of whom needed assistance, Egeland
told the UN Security Council.