Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Israel caught Hezbollah by surprise

Apparently Hezbollah is surprised by Israel's reaction to the killing and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. They were expecting Germany to step in and help them negotiate for the release of 3 Lebanese prisoners.

Apparently this latest attack by Hezbollah was the last straw for Israel.

The AP article

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Hezbollah official said Tuesday the guerrilla group did not expect Israel to react so strongly to its capture of two Israeli soldiers.

Mahmoud Komati, deputy chief of Hezbollah's political arm, also told The Associated Press in an interview that his group will not lay down arms.

"The truth is — let me say this clearly — we didn't even expect (this) response.... that (Israel) would exploit this operation for this big war against us," said Komati.

He said Hezbollah had expected "the usual, limited response" from Israel to the July 12 cross-border raid, in which three Israelis were killed.

In the past, he said, Israeli responses to Hezbollah actions included sending commandos into Lebanon to seize Hezbollah officials or briefly targeting specific Hezbollah strongholds.

He said the Shiite group had anticipated there would be negotiations on exchanging the Israeli soldiers for three Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails, with Germany acting as a mediator as it did before.

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