Thursday, January 8, 2009

ALERT: Rockets Fired on Israel's North Hold Potential for Serious Widening of Gaza Conflict

Ha'aretz, January 8, 2009 - Several days before Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called several of his European counterparts and warned that Israel would face additional fronts if it attacked.

The rocket fire on Thursday morning from Lebanon into northern Israel can be seen as the realization of the Iranian threat....

It is safe to assume that Palestinian operatives, working in coordination with Hezbollah and sponsored by Iran, are responsible for the rocket attacks in Nahariya and elsewhere in the north. Israel must now decide what the price tag will be for Thursday's attacks on the north, knowing that a harsh response is likely to bring with it an escalation on the northern front and increasing international criticism.

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