Who Rocketed Israel from Lebanon?
Nicholas Blanford / Beirut Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009
Since the Gaza war began on December 27, the Israelis have kept one eye open on its northern border. "What is unexpected is why it took so long for rockets to be fired," says Goksel, voicing the view of analysts who had expected just such an incident since the onset of Israel's offensive against Hamas. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, although suspicion has fallen on militant Palestinian groups, such as the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), which may have acted with a nudge and a wink from Hizballah. Hizballah, Hamas and other Palestinian groups denied responsibility. "When Hizballah does something, it announces it and has no problem doing so," said Mohammed Fneish, minister of labor in Lebanon's national unity government and also a Hizballah lawmaker. (See pictures from inside Hizballah.)
The PFLP-GC, however, maintained a deliberately ambiguous stance. "It is not the time to say who is responsible, it is time to be united to confront the Israelis," Anwar Raja, PFLP-GC spokesman in Lebanon told TIME. "We support the launching of rockets on Israel because of the massacre that is occurring in Gaza."
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