Israel ‘Bombs’ Lebanon to Keep Country From Competing With Jewish State, Claims Ex-U.S. Official Who Advised Sanders
TEL AVIV – Israel “bombs” Lebanon to keep the country from competing with the Jewish state economically, claimed former U.S. official Lawrence Wilkerson, who has reportedly advised
That claim led to the following exchange:
WILKERSON: You know why I think that is? My community thinks I’m crazy. I think that’s economic. I think every time Israel sees that the only country with the real capability in the Eastern Mediterranean to compete with them and surpass them is Lebanon. And so every time it looks like Lebanon is building the infrastructure, hotels for tourists, and industry and so forth, and is going to arrive at that point within a decade or two, Israel bombs them. Look it, why else would you bomb the things that Israel bombs?
JAY: Yeah, ’cause they’re not just bombing Hezbollah rockets.
WILKERSON: Yeah. They’re bombing the infrastructure of Lebanon.
In the December 2014 interview, Wilkerson was largely referring to the Second Lebanon War of 2006, which started after Hezbollah committed an unprovoked attack on Israel’s northern border. On July 12, 2006, Hezbollah fired rockets into Israel as a diversion while the group’s fighters stormed the Israeli side of the border and ambushed two Israel Defense Force vehicles, killing three soldiers and kidnapping two more.
The war broke out amid the wider context of Hezbollah building a massive military and terror rocket infrastructure along Israel’s border with southern Lebanon, creating a de facto terror state there in the years following Israel’s withdrawal from the Israel-Lebanon border buffer zone in May, 2000.
Hezbollah used its southern Lebanon fiefdom to commit numerous attacks against Israel, including rocket attacks that killed Israeli civilians.
Regarding Wilkerson’s claim of Israel “bombing the infrastructure of Lebanon,” the Jewish state during the war carried out surgical strikes targeting Hezbollah’s vast terrorist infrastructure.
As Israel’s Foreign Ministry explained, Hezbollah utilized civilian zones to house its military and terrorist equipment in contravention of international law:
While Israel directed its operations against the Hezbollah, it faced serious difficulties due to the fact that Hezbollah fighters made no attempt to comply with the legal and moral humanitarian obligation to distinguish themselves from civilians. To the contrary, Hezbollah fighters wore civilian clothes to render themselves indistinguishable from Lebanese civilians and deliberately hid weapons and ammunition in the heart of populated civilian areas in a cynical attempt to exploit the protections associated with civilian status under international law and in reckless disregard for the safety of those civilians and civilian objects.
In contrast to Hezbollah, Israel only aimed at targets which directly served the terrorist organizations in their attacks against Israel. Israel did not attack the government of Lebanon, but rather, Hezbollah military assets within Lebanon. Israel avoided striking at Lebanese military installations, unless these were used to assist the Hezbollah, as were a number of radar facilities which Israel destroyed after they helped the terrorists fire a shore-to-ship missile at an Israeli naval vessel.
In February, Politico reported that Sanders is being advised by Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell and later became a staunch opponent of the war in Iraq.
“Of late, I’ve been asked by quite a number of people or groups to advise on national security and foreign policy. The Sanders campaign has been one of these and I have spoken directly to the senator on one occasion, at this point,” Wilkerson told Politico.
Since then, Wilkerson’s views have come under closer scrutiny, including his previous assertion, as Breitbart
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