Little Empathy for Israel

July 13, 2006, 8:10 pm


By Andrew L. Jaffee

Imagine if terrorists just across the Canadian border were firing missiles willy-nilly at America’s third largest city, Chicago. Imagine if these same terrorists kidnapped and threatened the lives of three U.S. border security personnel. Imagine if Canada’s government was composed of known terrorists, whose party’s charter commits its members to the extermination of all American citizens. Imagine if Canadians took to the streets to celebrate the capture of American soldiers. Imagine if the terrorists had the support of major world powers and were being egged on by Canada’s neighbors. Unimaginable? No. This is what Israel is dealing with now, but with little international empathy.

Now, Israel is defending itself, as any sovereign democracy should do. But countries like Qatar and Russia are condemning Israel for overreacting. From the New York Times:

On the eve of the Group of 8 summit meeting, the United States and several of its allies split today over the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. President Bush defended the incursion as a justified response to a terrorist act, while the European Union and Russia, the G-8 host, condemned it as “disproportionate.”

Thankfully, the U.S. has condemned the terrorists attacking Israel’s citizens and soldiers, and vetoed a one-sided U.N. resolution blaming the Jewish state for defending itself. From Reuters:

The United States on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution put forward by Qatar on behalf of Arab states that would have condemned Israel’s two-week military incursion into Gaza.

The vote on the draft resolution was 10-1, with the United States voting no, and four countries abstaining — Britain, Denmark, Peru and Slovakia.

Britain, Denmark, Peru and Slovakia didn’t even have the guts to vote. At least the U.S. is standing behind its closest ally. From the NY Sun:

President Bush is blaming Iran and Syria for Hezbollah’s killing of eight Israeli soldiers and kidnapping of two more, prompting the shelling of southern Lebanon, the bombing of strategic targets just south of Beirut, and preparations for an imminent full-scale invasion of Lebanon by Israeli forces.

Reading today’s headlines, I found an article published by the UK’s Telegraph that was actually pro-Israel, and debunking the “disproportionate” reaction myth:

The primary, almost sacred, duty of an Israeli prime minister is to defend the Jewish people by any means at his disposal, and no prime minister, least of all one with the undistinguished military career of Mr Olmert, can tolerate the constant terrorisation of Israel’s northern population. …

Likewise the Syrians, for all their recent imports of Russian, Chinese and North Korean military hardware, know better than to take on the Israelis, who last month demonstrated their air superiority by “buzzing” the summer palace of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad with their American-made F-16 fighters.

In the absence of any credible military power to oppose them, the Israelis are free to pursue their main objectives with impunity, namely the recovery of the kidnapped soldiers and the destruction of the military network that Hizbollah has been allowed to establish in southern Lebanon since Syria completed its withdrawal last year.

The Israelis’ first priority is their soldiers’ recovery, which would explain the naval blockade, the bombing of Beirut airport and the threat to bomb the main Beirut-Damascus highway. However much the Hizbollah leadership might claim to be a legitimate, democratically elected political party, the reality is that it is, and always has been, a proxy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who finance, train and equip the militia as a means of maintaining a permanent security challenge to Israel’s northern border.

Despite all the hand-wringing about Israel’s self-defense, the Jewish state is doing the right thing, and will prevail. And this is an ideal opportunity for Israel to destroy Hezbollah once and for all, and to weaken Hamas’ hand in the Palestinian territories.

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One Response to “Little Empathy for Israel”

  1. Israpundit » Blog Archive » Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war Says:

    […] Hezbollah has launched rockets into Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, e.g., as if America’s Chicago were hit. At least 9 Israeli citizens have been killed and many others wounded. Once, while writing about a Palestinian atrocity wrought against Israeli civilians, I quoted from “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare: Cry “havoc!” and let loose the dogs of war, That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial. […]

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