General: Israel Must Defend Itself

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Just hours after the United States announced that Israel had agreed to a 48-hour suspension of its air attacks, the Israeli air force again struck targets in southern Lebanon.

Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan tells Renee Montagne that Israel is not under "a full suspension" of aerial bombing but it will target only "immediate threats," including Hezbollah missile launchers and command-and-control headquarters.

Noting that missile launches from Lebanon into Israel are continuing, Nehushtan says, "To fight that, we need to operate also from the air."

The announced suspension of air attacks followed Sunday's Israeli bombing in Qana, Lebanon, in which more than 50 civilians were killed, many of them women and children. Israeli officials said that Hezbollah guerrillas had been launching rockets at Israel from the Qana area.

Nehushtan says Israeli forces are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties in Lebanon.

"You see, we're fighting a war — a horrible war — against an enemy that has no divisions, has no tanks, has no war plans," he says. "It's only terrorists that launch missiles against our civilians from within their own [civilian areas]."



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