NATIONAL (jUly 18, 2006) Rudd: Hamas, Hezbollah and Lebanon in ‘violation’
LABOR’S Foreign Affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd has defended Israel’s right to self-defence, accusing Hamas and Hezbollah of “violating” Israeli territory, and Lebanon of “violating” United Nations Security Council resolutions to disarm Hezbollah.
In an interview with Sky News, Rudd said: “When it came to the beginning of this conflict Hamas and Hezbollah, the two terrorist organisations, launched rocket attacks on Israeli territory.
“Furthermore, Hamas and Hezbollah engaged in violations of Israeli territory, capturing and killing Israeli armed force members.
“And all of this was done in violation of Security Council resolutions adopted over the last two years which have required the government of Lebanon to disarm the Hezbollah militia in the southern part of that country.”
Rudd also accused Syria and Iran of fuelling the crisis.
“The Iranians and the Syrians have not been helpful in this conflict. They have over a long period of time provided arms and financial supplies to Hezbollah and Hezbollah has been building up its arms and its presence on the border of Israel to Israel's north and in the south of Lebanon,” he said.
“Iran and Syria have kept the arms flow going to this terrorist organisation and that is a large part of the external fuel to this conflict.
“And unless action occurs now on the part of both states to stop the arms supply, it is going to become very difficult to prevent further escalation.”
Rudd last visited Israel last year. His comments follow strong support for Israel by Prime Minister John Howard.
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