Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Israel Surrenders

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Defence Minister of Israel Amir Peretz is trying to spin defeat into opportunity.

The conflict with Hizbullah may have created a new opportunity for renewed dialogue with the Palestinians, and potentially also with Syria, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Tuesday afternoon.
The more you are willing to surrender, the easier it is to get terms. However, some opposition politicians are not easily spun.
In response to this statement, Israel Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman said that Peretz was suffering from a failure to acknowledge reality.

"It is just this kind of obliviousness to reality that brought the country to the present conflict," Lieberman said.

"After Assad announced that the Golan Heights would be liberated by Syrian soldiers and that Hizbullah won the conflict, Peretz's call for negotiations with Syria will be received as a weakness and an invitation for another attack," he said. "It is preferable that the defense minister focus on preparing the army for the next unavoidable conflict rather than unrealistic wishful thinking."
What is Assad saying?
Syrian President Bashar Assad said his country is prepared for any war that may break out with Israel , adding that he is convinced that the chances for peace have decreased and that “the Golan Heights will be liberated by Syria.”

In a special interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Osboa, Assad said “if Israel launches a war against Syria, it will pay a heavy price.”
I don't think that he means a negotiated return when he talks about "liberation".

In Iran the celebrations are on.
Iranians find cause for celebration. Upwards of 110 ambulances and mobile intensive care units rode through the center of Tehran Tuesday morning as a sign of solidarity with the Lebanese people, as reported by the Iranian news agency, Fars. Ambulance teams continued driving toward the mosque of Tehran University in order to show their willingness to help the Lebanese wounded in the past month.

Already Monday night thousands of Iranians took to the streets in celebration of what they defined as a Shiite and Hizbullah victory over the Zionist regime. In the streets of Iran , believers took advantage of the evening prayers to praise the Lebanese nation on Hizbullah's victory.
This is a major defeat for the West, equivalent to the fall of France in 1940, Iran and Syria will be emboldened to further their interests through war and violence.
According to the head of field operations in the organization, Safar-Ali Nahari-Kazian, "following the establishment of the ceasefire in Lebanon, a new phase of aid to Lebanon is starting, and beside the airplane, 26 ambulances will be transferred to Lebanon on trucks by land."
I believe airplanes and ambulances will not be the only aid forthcoming. I believe they will also make up for Hizbollahs lack of anti-aircraft weapons. The next fight is going to be much harder. Things will be getting much worse before they get better. Sadly.


Anonymous said...

I still think an opportunity is being lost. There have been real achievements on the Israeli side here but Israel is not making a serious effort to consolidate them.

Nasrallah must be charged with war crimes. Koffi Annan must demand his arrest. The groundwork for this has already been laid and Israel needs to act quickly to ensure that, whether their sentiments are with her or not, the western powers are united on the side of peace, law and order.

This new resolution needs to be put into effect without delay and with zeal. If secretary Rice accomplishes one thing in her whole life it should be this.

If these things happen the situation can be saved, in my opinion.

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M. Simon said...

Going Roman has an interesting take on the Israeli surrender