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2006-08-11 23:44:46

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli army said on Saturday it had started broadening its ground offensive in south Lebanon and its forces were pushing toward the Litani river. The army said troops were carrying out orders issued by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz. The expanded campaign came hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to the month-old war. Israel had said military operations would not be halted yet.

2006-08-08 03:47:32

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Tuesday that Lebanon's decision to deploy 15,000 Lebanese troops in southern Lebanon was an "interesting step" which would be reviewed. "I heard about the Lebanese government decision yesterday to deploy 15,000 Lebanese Army soldiers," Olmert said. "This decision is an interesting step which we have to study and examine and look at all the implications -- to see to what degree it is practical and in what timeframe."...

2006-08-07 12:04:13

By Dean Yates JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel threatened on Monday to expand ground operations against Hizbollah if diplomatic efforts to end the war remained stalled, apparently putting pressure on Beirut to accept a draft UN resolution aimed at ending fighting. Defense Minister Amir Peretz made the threat a day after Hizbollah rockets killed 15 Israelis, the deadliest day of the war for Israel. "I gave an order that, if within the coming days, the diplomatic process does not reach a...

2006-08-07 08:02:05

By Jonathan Saul TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Waving colorful banners and singing protest songs, a tireless band of Israeli demonstrators is trying to end the war in Lebanon. Few are taking notice. "We understand we don't represent the consensus. Everyone is asleep," said Uri Even-Chen, 36, a computer programmer from the town of Ranana, during a weekend street march in Tel Aviv. Opinion polls show an overwhelming majority of Israelis back the war against Hizbollah, sparked when the...

2006-08-07 09:28:00

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will broaden its ground offensive in Lebanon within days if diplomatic efforts to end the fighting fail to make progress, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said on Monday. "I gave an order that, if within the coming days the diplomatic process does not reach a (successful) conclusion, Israeli forces will carry out the operations necessary to take control of Katyusha rocket launching sites in every location," Peretz told a parliamentary committee in broadcast...

2006-07-27 03:55:02

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian couple of Lebanese origin will file a complaint accusing Israeli leaders of war crimes over the bombing of Lebanon, the Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported on Thursday. The complaint will be made under Belgium's universal jurisdiction law which allows Belgian judges to prosecute human rights violations regardless of where they are committed. Ali Abdul-Sater and his wife Farkad El Husseini were on holiday in Lebanon with their three children when Israel...

2006-07-25 10:47:11

By Adam Entous JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel intends to control a security zone in southern Lebanon until an international force can be deployed to take it over, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said on Tuesday. Israel believes a 10,000- to 20,000-member stabilization force will be needed and that it could be deployed one to two weeks after Western powers approve it, senior Israeli government officials said. The estimate of 20,000 would be nearly double the size of the multilateral...

2006-07-17 08:02:07

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said on Monday that no Israeli jet or helicopter had been shot down over Lebanon but did not rule out that a drone many have been downed. Lebanese television stations said an Israeli aircraft had been shot down over Lebanon and showed footage of burning debris falling from the sky. Lebanese security sources said they could not confirm that it was a plane, suggesting it might have been a fuel tank ditched by an aircraft. Using...

2006-06-19 13:25:25

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks on Monday with three former Israeli premiers about Iran's nuclear program, signaling a drive for consensus on an issue the Jewish state calls a threat to its existence. Olmert lacks the military pedigree common to most of his predecessors, as does Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz, a veteran trade unionist who won the key portfolio under a coalition deal between his Labor Party and the ruling Kadima. They...

2006-06-13 12:22:38

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Tuesday denied responsibility for an explosion on a Gaza beach last week that killed seven Palestinian civilians and led militant group Hamas to call off a 16-month truce. Defense Minister Amir Peretz told reporters the explosion was not caused by the Israeli Defense Forces but did not provide an explanation for what might have caused the blast, which killed several members of the same family.

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