Israel has "no intention" of attacking Lebanon: Foreign Minister
Syria's alleged transfer of Scud missiles to the Hezbollah organization in Lebanon is a serious matter, but Israel will not attack Lebanon, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday.
"Israel has no intention of creating provocations or making rash moves," he told a joint news conference in Jerusalem with his Colombian counterpart Jaime Bermudez Merizalde, DPA reported.
Referring to recent remarks by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah now has "far more rockets and missiles than most governments in the world," Lieberman said this was "disturbing, and is a threat to the entire region's stability."
Lebanon and Syria have dismissed the allegations of the missile transfer as "lies."
Hezbollah and Israel fought a 33-day conflict in the summer of 2006. More than 1,200 people, mostly Lebanese civilians, were killed and some 165 Israelis, most of them soldiers, also died.