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Israel's Arabic and Hebrew press split
Smoke rises seconds after a Hezbollah missile strike in the northern Israeli city of Haifa

Israel's Arabic-language papers have been raging against the "massacres" in Lebanon.

In Sunday's Hebrew-language press some misgivings surface about a possible land offensive, but most commentators express support for the campaign.

ARABIC-LANGUAGE KULL AL-ARAB

Israel is not only killing the Lebanese; it is destroying the country's infrastructure and expelling and driving hundreds of thousands of Lebanese from their homes and villages. This in itself is a war crime

ARABIC-LANGUAGE AL-SINNARAH

Every day that passes makes conditions more tragic and complicated and pushes back the prospect of reaching a ceasefire. It brings closer the ghost of an all-out regional confrontation.

ARABIC-LANGUAGE AL-ITTIHAD

It is no secret that the central objective behind the Israeli-American alliance of evil is the elimination of the Lebanese resistance and Hezbollah, even if this leads to the destruction of Lebanon and inflicts on its population a humanitarian disaster through massacres, crimes and displacement.

ARABIC-LANGUAGE SAWT AL-HAQ WAL-HURRIYAH

It is a great farce that the Arab world and its leaders have become so defeatist they are not even affected by the sight of the burnt bodies of young children. What has happened to those leaders that they are unable even to condemn the aggression against Lebanon?

COMMENTARY IN HEBREW-LANGUAGE MAARIV

A land operation entails many risks. It could run into difficulties. It could drag on. It has already got into difficulties and dragged on twice last week... But it is necessary.

COMMENTARY IN HEBREW-LANGUAGE YEDIOT AHARONOT

It is clear that a gap of expectations has been created: the public expected a quick and conclusive solution ... while the military and political establishment expected at least the withdrawal of Hezbollah from the border and neutralising its military strength. It is doubtful that this expectation will be achieved in full.

COMMENTARY IN HEBREW-LANGUAGE YEDIOT AHARONOT

An important question is whether our leaders in this wave of violence have learned that battering the enemy and weakening it plays into its hands and will bestow on it power that will serve it in the next round.

FROM COMMENTARY IN HEBREW-LANGUAGE HATZOFE

The military operation against Hezbollah in Lebanon is at a decisive juncture: [the choice is] either to continue the activity from the air as the terrorists continue to fire their rockets... or to endanger IDF soldiers with a ground operation.

HEBREW-LANGUAGE HAARETZ

In the current confrontation, time represents an opportunity for Israel - an opportunity to exhaust the possibilities of the military campaign in order to enhance diplomatic gains... President George Bush is leading a firm, united front that gives Israel, in international terms, 'quality time' to destroy their common enemy.

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