• Lebanon
  • September 14, 2006
  • 3 minutes read

Hizbullah’s victory over Israel in Lebanon reaps first top Israeli head as Adam resigns

Udi Adam, the commander of the IOF northern command that was mainly involved in the war on Lebanon, has rendered his resignation Wednesday at the backdrop of the disgraceful defeat of his troops at the hands of Hizbullah fighters.

Spokesman of the Israeli army confirmed the report and affirmed that Dan Halutz, the IOF chief of staff, accepted Adam’s resignation.

In an interview with the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv newspaper, Adam attributed his resignation to the “unhealthy” relationship in the IOF top command in addition to being at odds with Halutz.

According to Adam, he did all the preparation he could in that war, and that he wanted his resignation to serve as a good example to other top IOF officers in clear confession of the defeat.

Prior to enforcing the UNSC resolution 1701 that called for cessation of hostilities in southern Lebanon, Halutz had practically ended Adam’s military future when he sacked him from running the war and appointed IOF General Moshe Kabliniski in his place.

Halutz’s sacking of Adam was viewed by many military observers and analysts as grave disappointment on the part of Halutz over Adam’s military performance and capabilities in that war.

Meanwhile, secretary-general of Hizbullah Hassan Nasrallah affirmed that a deal to free the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers in Hizbullah’s hands without releasing the Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails, including Sameer Al-Kintar, will be meaningless and a waste of all the sacrifices made to free them.

In interview with Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel, Nasrallah affirmed that a UN European mediator is expected in the Lebanese capital Beirut next week to negotiate possible prisoners’ swap.

But he flayed the Lebanese government for receiving British premier Toni Blair whom he accused of participating in killing Lebanese children and devastating Lebanon’s infrastructure.

“The government has sealed off all roads for his (Blair) reception…. But we vehemently denounce that behavior of the government that undermined the feeling of the Lebanese people”, Nasrallah said in that interview.

He also pointed out that his party received a number of stabs in the back during the war, in allusion to internal conspiracies made against Hizbullah at the hands of its local rivals

In a related matter, well informed sources affirmed that the UN was investigating reports accusing Israel of altering the Blue Line (border line between occupied Palestine and Lebanon) as Lebanese military sources considered such alteration as grave violation.

According to the spokesman of the UN blue berets (UNIFIL) in Lebanon, IOF troops were seen placing marks inside the Lebanese village of Kfar Kela not far from the borders; but he added that the UN will probe the report.