US Knew of Israeli Bombing Plan

More and more is coming out about how the US knew in advance about the Israeli plans to bomb Lebanon, even before the kidnapping of the two Israeli soldiers…

“Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah, and shared it with Bush administration officials, well before 12 July”, wrote Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, whose past work includes exposing the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and Vietnam’s My Lai massacre.

Israeli officials visited Washington to secure US support for its plans before Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers on 12 July, the ostensible cause of the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon.

“Israel began with [Vice-President Dick] Cheney. It wanted to be sure that it had his support and the support of … the National Security Council,” an unnamed US government consultant told Mr Hersh.

With Mr Cheney’s backing secured, “persuading [President] Bush was never a problem, and [Secretary of State] Condi Rice was on board,” the source added.

Israel’s plan for an air war to turn the Lebanese people against Hezbollah was “the mirror image of what the United States has been planning for Iran,” the article quotes an unnamed former senior intelligence official as saying.

The White House wanted Hezbollah’s missiles eliminated so they could not be used as retaliation against Israel in case the US bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities, Mr Hersh says.

[Source: BBC News]

A lot of indications have pointed at how all this wasn’t just a reaction by Israel to the kidnapping of it’s two soldiers, mainly because Israel has been kidnapping hundreds of Lebanese for decades and Hizbullah kidnapping two Israeli soldiers in return shouldn’t really generate a response which is so out of proportion.

It’s clear this was a pre-meditated and pre-planned attack, and that the kidnapping was just a reason Israel jumped on to mask it as a reaction rather than an assault which was totally uncalled for.

And of course Israel wouldn’t go ahead and do something like this without informing and consulting with the US about it first, not so much to secure their backing really, as they always have the US’ unconditional support, but more to align themselves with the future US plans for Iran and Syria and to plan what the cover-up story should be.

So the whole thing about Israel being a victim simply reacting to an event and the US being a dedicated mediator for peace pretty much goes up in flames, much like the whole region has, as a result of their plans.

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