Mideast Crisis: 'No Other Way to Live in Peace'

About the ability to do so? As I said before, before the Israeli attack, before the Israeli response, maybe they didn't have the force to do it. But now, Hezbollah is weakened. Israel took Hezbollah off the outpost on the Israeli-Lebanese [border]. There are no outposts for Hezbollah any more. So even technically, it looks that they have now the possibility to try to do something about it, to send their forces and avoid an internal clash between the forces of the Lebanese government and Hezbollah. But Israel is going to work with the international community to find the best way to force the Lebanese government to do it according to the Security Council resolution, and maybe to help the Lebanese government because we cannot afford any other situation. I mean we tried, we've waited. Israel has shown restraint. Not any more.

Gibson: Can you truly weaken Hezbollah, do you feel? Weaken them militarily to the point that they are no longer a threat?

Livni: Well it depends not only on Israel. I mean, the relationship between the Hezbollah, the Iranians and Syria. I mean, the Iranians armed Hezbollah through Syria with Iranian and Syrian weapons. And it is not only the role of Israel to do it. I mean, we weakened Hezbollah after the last actions on Israel. But as part of the United Nations resolution, there is a need to disarm Hezbollah. This is the role of the Lebanese government. Maybe it takes some time, but there is, as I said before, Israel began the work, there is a need for them to implement their forces as a sovereign government. And there is a need also to stop the Iranians and Syrians from arming the Hezbollah. It is about keeping the borders, forcing the Security Council resolution, maybe it takes some time, but it needs to be done.

Gibson: The leaders of the industrialized nations who are meeting right now in Russia issued a statement yesterday and did not call for a cease-fire. Your reaction to that?

Livni: I think the call is the right thing to say and the right thing to do. Because only a cease-fire brings us to nothing. I mean it is to the same situation in which the Hezbollah is on the Israeli border, the Lebanese government is too weak to do something about it. And we are paying the price, not only Israel but Israel as the representative of the Western world in the region, the representative of the values of the international community and the United States as well, so there is a need to do something about it and the reason we [inaudible] opportunity after the Israeli attack. So the message of the G8 was very important because, first, it said the extremist, the Hamas and the Hezbollah are the cause for what is happening in the region. They want to flame, to put the region in flames. Nasrallah is the regional provocateur, if I may say. There is the need to implement 1559 Security Council resolution.

Gibson: The fact that they did not call for a cease-fire, does it say in your mind, Israel, do what you have to do militarily before this thing gets settled?

Livni: First, Israel will do what it has to do because it is about the lives of the Israelis. It is about the lives of people not only in the northern part of Israel. It is about the existence of Israel. Since its establishment, Israel is fighting for its existence. It is not a small event in the northern part of Israel that the Hezbollah caused a few days ago. It is about the threat from Hezbollah as part of this axis of terrorism and hatred.

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