We can thank our "friends" in the US and the EU, and our "leaders" in the Knesset for this. When they demanded that we fight the Lebanon war to tie and not to win, when they backed a withdrawal from Gaza, and as they continue to support TERRORISTS who call themselves a government--they weaken Israel's position, an her neighbors think they can take advantage.
The psychological deterrence of Israel's military might is no longer there. Our enemies are brazen and drunk with their new-found political power.
As soon as they can arrange it, they will attack--using all the tactics they learned from the last two conflicts (Lebanon and Gaza): children as human shields, firing from populated areas, abductions, random missile fire, and broad publication of fanciful "massacres" of "innocent" arabs.
We need to put our "friends" in a room, shut the door, turn off the phones, and fight to win when (not if) this happens. No one will help us. If we win, we must win big, completely, and without reservations.
This is difficult when we are people of morality and ethics--but peace does not come from talk. Peace comes from a crushing military victory and the fear we can do it again. One cannot negotiate from a position of weakness or retreat.
Exclusive: Hizballah more than triples rocket arsenal to 40,000
March 22, 2008, 10:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hizballah's heavy armament will figure large in the talks US Vice President Dick Cheney is holding with Israeli leaders on the Iranian nuclear threat. Cheney arrived in Israel Saturday night, March 22, from talks with Saudi leaders.
DEBKAfile's military sources disclose that Hizballah has built up its rocket arsenal to three and-a-half times its pre-2006 Lebanon War stocks. Some of the 40,000 rockets of Syrian and Iranian manufacture can hit Israel targets as far south as Beersheba, 350 km. away from the Shiite terror group's launching pads north of Lebanon's Litani
Not only has Tel Aviv come within range, but Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas in Gaza can between them cover most of Israel except for its southernmost tip at Eilat. Using these two surrogates, Tehran can therefore make war on Israel and keep its hands clean.
And not only Iran. DEBKAfile's military sources report the lion's share of rockets smuggled to Hizballah in recent months are Syrian-made. Damascus has also shipped to Hizballah quantities of anti-air weapons, including shoulder-borne rockets and scores of Russian-made anti-aircraft ZSU-100 automatic 14.4 mm caliber cannon, which are most effective against low-flying aircraft, helicopters and drones.
All these issues will be discussed at length mainly during the US Vice President's session with Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak.
On his arrival, Cheney pledged that his government would not pressure Israel to take steps that threatened its security.
"America's commitment to Israel's security is enduring and unshakable, as is Israel's right to protect itself always against terrorism, rocket attacks and other attacks from forces dedicated to Israel's destruction," Cheney told a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.