Zapatero attacks Israel and US over Lebanon

19th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 July 2006, ALICANTE — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero criticised on Wednesday the use of "abusive force" in Lebanon, making an implicit attack on Israel.

19 July 2006

ALICANTE —  Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero criticised on Wednesday the use of "abusive force" in Lebanon, making an implicit attack on Israel.

And in an allusion to the United States, he also condemned the tacit approval of Israeli offensive actions, saying "the silences of today could become the regrets of tomorrow".

Zapatero made the remarks in an address to the International Festival of Socialist Youth in Alicante, southeastern Spain.

He said all nations have the right to defend themselves against terrorist attacks and fanaticism, an allusion to radical Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.

"We must reject kidnappings," he said, referring to the Hezbollah capture of two Israeli soldiers last week in a raid that sparked off the current violence.

"But we must also demand that no one defend themselves with abusive force," he said.

The top priority should be the defence of innocents, he said.

"The silences of today in light of what is happening in the Middle East could become the regrets of tomorrow because waiting for time to pass costs human lives," he said.

The stated policy of the Bush administration is that Israel has the right to defend itself against rocket attacks and incursions from Hezbollah forces based in southern Lebanon.

Washington has made no call on Israel to moderate its attacks.

France and other nations have criticised what they see as a disproportionate Israeli military response, which has included sustained bombardments from the air that have killed scores of Lebanese civilians and destroyed much of the nation's infrastructure.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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