After Israel’s declaration that its decision to continue its assault on Lebanon
Erkki Tuomioja asserted that the Israeli government’s interpretation of the summit’s declaration as permission to continue their offensive is "their own and wrong interpretation."
The summit’s final statement called for a United Nations force to be deployed in southern Lebanon
In fact, it was only Britain and the US that rejected Lebanon’s demand for a ceasefire, despite the mounting death toll (over 600) and warnings that Lebanon is facing a humanitarian catastrophe, with much of its infrastructure in ruins, hundreds of thousands of thousands fleeing their homes and increasing shortages of food and medicines. Their vote resulted in the failure of the summit to reach an agreement to a ceasefire.
Even so, today a senior State Department official described as "outrageous" a suggestion that the
"Any such statement is outrageous," said State Department spokesman Adam Ereli when asked about reports quoting Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon as saying the
Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon said, "Yesterday in
Israel was poised Friday to intensify its offensive against , calling up thousands more reservists after claiming it had won the green light from the world to crush Hezbollah.
*sourced from The Daily Star, Ha’Aretz