JERUSALEM — Israel buried the 12 latest Israeli victims of its war in Lebanon on Monday as a debate raged between those who cite the deaths as reason to speed the military withdrawal and those who call for an even tougher response to guerrilla resistance to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon.
"Your blood and the blood of your friends are crying to us to . . . strike the murderers wherever they are," said Chaim Druckman, a member of Parliament from the rightist Morasha (Heritage) Party, in a eulogy for Staff Sgt. Chaim Avner, one of the victims of Sunday's suicide truck bombing.
However, six other members of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, submitted motions Monday calling for an immediate troop withdrawal from Lebanon.
"It is obvious that so long as the Israeli army occupies Lebanese land, it is a target for such ghastly attacks," said lawmaker Victor Shemtov of the Sunday incident, in which a suicide bomber in a small truck loaded with explosives rammed an Israeli troop convoy just north of the Lebanese border.
"We have become part of the Lebanese hell . . . ," Shemtov added. "There is no justification, militarily or politically, for remaining in Lebanon."