Thursday, August 17, 2006

ISRAEL: Dangerous dilemma

The most dangerous thing about this Hezbollahstan-Israel cease-fire? The fact that it has emboldened Israel’s enemies for the next time. You’ve heard the crowing from Damascus and Tehran. Israel’s really just a paper tiger, U.S. interests have been defeated, etc.

Always before, there’s been a huge price tag associated with attacks on Israel. Far from dealing Israel a setback, the attacker generally lost a hefty chunk of his own territory to the Jewish nation. Instead of being downsized, Israel expanded—the Old City, Temple Mount, Gaza, the Golan Heights. That knowledge, we submit, has been the only thing remotely keeping the peace in the past 20 years.

Now, that’s all gone, replaced with a new bravado and a belief that Israel can indeed be wiped off the map—and with evil characters such as Mahmoud “Mojo” Ahmadinejad more than willing to do the job. This may be enough in and of itself to set the stage for the Ezekiel 38 invasion of “Gog,” along with the other enemies of Israel enumerated in Psalm 83. (See previous posts.)

Perhaps it’s inevitable. But if Israel is smart, she’ll repudiate the cease-fire in the face of continuing attacks from Hezbollah and finish the job. Why should Israel be the only one required to obey the cease-fire? And if we’re smart, we’ll support Israel aggressively in the disarming of Hezbollah.

Anything less than a defeated, disarmed, discredited Hezbollah is a danger to the entire region and, ultimately, to the world.


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