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'More ups and downs coming.' Olmert Photo: Gil Yochanan
'More ups and downs coming.' Olmert Photo: Gil Yochanan
IDF attacks in south Beirut Photo: Reuters
IDF attacks in south Beirut Photo: Reuters

Olmert: War Israel’s stamina test

PM tells National Security College cadets ‘Israel has no dispute with Lebanon, but with segments of Shiite population in country’

Ronny Sofer
Published: 07.20.06, 21:29 / Israel News

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday during a meeting with National Security College cadets that “this (war) is a test of Israel’s stamina; we must be patient, there will be more ups and downs.”


“Israel has no dispute with Lebanon, but with segments of the Shiite population in the country,” the prime minister said.


As to the possible economic ramifications of the war, Olmert said “the economy has not been damaged as of yet, but if we continue the gross national product will drop."


Olmert told the cadets, all senior IDF officers, that the cabinet has decided on the opening of a ‘humanitarian corridor’ for the transfer of aid to the Lebanese, apparently through France.


The ‘corridor,’ which will run through Cyprus, will apparently be used by foreigners in Lebanon to flee the battle zones.


Prime Minister’s Office officials said the cadets were ‘impressed by the backing the army is receiving from the government.’


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