Left: Israeli heavy artillery firing against a suspected Hezbollah target in South Lebanon; courtesy of AP
(London) British, European and Israeli sources told British newspaper The Guardian that US President Bush gave Israel the "green light" for its widely condemned military attacks in Lebanon.
"It's clear the Americans have given the Israelis the green light," said a senior European official. "They [the Israeli attacks] will be allowed to go on longer, perhaps for another week."
Over 240 Lebanese civilians have been killed in the past week from attacks by Israeli forces. Power stations, roads, bridges, and other civilian infrastructure have been targeted in addition to suspected Hezbollah strongholds.
13 Israeli civilians have been killed by Hezbollah rockets fired from southern Lebanon, mainly toward the Israeli port city of Haifa.
Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora said that Israel was "opening the gates of hell and madness" on Lebanon, and that Israel's response to the capture by Hezbollah of two soldiers had been disproportionate.
"Israel now is a terrorist country that is committing every day a terrorist act," he said. "What Israel has been doing is cutting the country to pieces."
Siniora estimated that the damage to Lebanese infrastructure is in the billions of US dollars.