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Israeli Minister Says Lebanese Border Shoot-Out Changed Balance

Yossi Peled, an Israeli Cabinet minister and retired general, said last week’s deadly shoot-out between the Israeli and Lebanese armies has altered a delicate balance the two sides have maintained for years.

“Even when we were circulating deep into Lebanon, fighting Hezbollah, Amal and other groups, the Lebanese army would always close its eyes, as if it wasn’t there,” Peled, who was head of Israel’s northern command from 1986 to 1991, said today in an interview at his office in Tel Aviv. “For the Lebanese army to initiate fire at the Israeli army, that’s new. It’s a significant change.”