Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has warned Syria to restrain Islamic Hizbollah guerillas operating on the Israeli border with Lebanon. "Syria does nothing at all in order to stop Hizbollah," Ben-Eliezer told reporters during a visit to northern Israel, his first to the area since taking office. He said Syria, the main power in Lebanon, has not been cracking down on the organization's arms or infrastructure. "I see Syria and especially the government of Lebanon as those mainly responsible," Ben Eliezer said, adding that the Lebanese government should deploy its troops along the border instead of allowing it to remain under Hizbollah control. He said if Hizbollah steps up attacks, Israel will have no choice but to retaliate severely. "Israel cannot show restraint forever," he said.
Hizb'Allah militiamen launched a guided anti-tank missile across the Lebanese border at an IDF patrol, killing Israeli tank crewman St.-Sgt. Elad Litvak, 21, of Kibbutz Gazit. He is the third soldier killed by Hizb'Allah in the Mount Hermon region since the IDF's withdrawal from south Lebanon last May, while the Iranian-backed Shi'ite terrorist group also kidnapped three more IDF troops and an Israeli businessman last October.
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