Articles/Blogs With an Israeli Point of View
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• Jul. 21, 2006 – Articles/Blogs With an Israeli Point of View
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“Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Israel’s Unnecessary War
By Daniel Pipes (Jerusalem Post)
“The blame for the current fighting falls entirely on Israel’s enemies, who deploy inhuman methods in the service of barbaric goals. I wish the armed forces of Israel every success against the terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon, hoping they inflict a maximum defeat on Hamas and Hizbullah while taking a minimum of casualties. That said, the rest of this column focuses on erroneous Israeli decisions that led to an unnecessary war and suggests the only way Israel can win that war.”…….
Defeating the Iranian-Syrian Axis in Lebanon
By Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror and Dan Diker (Institute for Contemporary Affairs/Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
“Israel’s current military operations to uproot Hizballah and to destroy it as a formidable military and terror organization is not merely an operation against another determined terror group like Hamas in Gaza. Hizballah has a disciplined, well-trained army with sophisticated weaponry, backed directly by Syria and Iran.”………
By Mark Mazzetti and Thom Shanker (New York Times)
“Both the U.S. and Israel are just now learning the extent to which Hezbollah has succeeded in getting weapons from Iran and Syria, and some officials in Washington admitted to being blindsided by the abilities of Hezbollah’s arsenal.”…….
By Scott Wilson (Washington Post)
“Israel and the radical Islamic groups Hamas and Hezbollah are waging war for the first time largely in the skies, exchanging rocket fire, artillery rounds, and airstrikes.
The launch sites of both militias are hard to detect, and the short-range rockets reach targets in seconds, making interception nearly impossible.”…….
Editorial – From the Washington Times
“As Israel fights to break the back of one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has come up with a very bad idea. He wants to throw a lifeline to Hizballah, dispatching UN peacekeepers to Lebanon. Mr. Annan must explain how his peacekeepers would differ from the current UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has failed miserably ever since it was dispatched in 1978. UNIFIL has been unable to stop Hizballah attacks but remarkably successful in getting in the way of Israelis defending themselves. “Hizballah would launch military attacks 50 meters from a UNIFIL outpost, Israel would shoot back, and UNIFIL would protest against the Israeli response,” explained Dore Gold, a former Israeli “…..
By Anton La Guardia (Telegraph-UK)
“Lebanon has become the battleground between pro-Western and radical Islamic forces. Few governments, even Arab states, want to see Hizballah win the contest. As the conflict has intensified, Israel has found a degree of international sympathy, or at least understanding. The last thing Washington needs is for Syria and Iran to win a proxy victory in Lebanon.
Hizballah’s attack on Israel has been of benefit to the whole “arc of extremism” stretching from the Gaza Strip to Iraq. It has given Hamas a boost, diverted international attention away from Iran’s nuclear program, and may have strengthened the position of Syria as envoys plead with it to help restrain Hizballah.”……..
Editorial – Washington Times
“Israel’s necessary decisions to launch military campaigns against Hizballah and Hamas have created an opportunity to change the balance of forces between Israel and the terror networks that have plagued the Middle East since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The most important thing that Israel needs is time: time to root out the weapons caches stockpiled in private homes; time to hit the rocket and missile-launching sites and terrorist training camps Hizballah has established throughout Lebanon; and time to hunt down the jihadists in the Bekaa Valley whose life’s work is to destroy the Jewish state“…….