Israel predicts Hizbullah takeover of Lebanon
Publication of the findings of a United Nations tribunal probing the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri could lead Hizbullah to violently take over Lebanon, Israeli army Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned on Monday.
Ashkenazi told his Canadian counterpart Gen. Walt Natynczyk during talks in Ottawa on Monday that violence could erupt in Lebanon following the publication of the report which is expected to indict senior Hizbullah operatives. "The radicals are gaining strength in Lebanon," Ashkenazi told Natynczyk according to reports in the Israelimedia. "The publication of the report could destabilize Lebanon and be used as an excuse by Hizbullah to complete its takeover of the entire country."