Britain: Scale of Any Possible Israel-Hizbullah Conflict is Growing
British Foreign Secretary William Hague voiced concern over possible conflict between Israel and Hizbullah following last month’s collapse of the Lebanese government.
“The scale of any military conflict that may happen between Israel and Hizbullah is growing, because of the growth of armaments in the area,” Hague told the London Times in comments published Wednesday.
Hague spoke while traveling to Jordan from Tunisia, where he met members of the country’s interim government, including Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi.
He warned “belligerent” Israel to tame its rhetoric and said unrest in Arab countries may hinder the peace process. Hague told the London Times that recent popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan could undermine the search for a permanent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urged the United States to take action.
“Amidst the opportunity for countries like Tunisia and Egypt, there is a legitimate fear that the Middle East peace process will lose further momentum and be put to one side, and will be a casualty of uncertainty in the region,” Hague said.