The World vs IsraelJeff Jacoby has written a painfully correct assessment of the Israel - Hezbollah War of 2006.
Never before had Israel's deterrent capability and its reputation for military indomitability suffered such a blow. For the first time in its history, Israel had faced an Arab army in battle and failed to defeat it. When the hostilities ended with the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, Hezbollah was still on its feet, bloodied but decidedly unbowed.At the time it was obvious and it is still obvious that part of the reason for Israel's poor performance was its unfortunate leadership. Ehud Olmert is not, and as far as I can see, has never been a leader. Every day this insane loser is in office, the knife goes a little deeper into Israel's back. If he were a real leader, he would have resigned the day after his disgraceful performance during that war.
Two years on, Israel is still paying for its defeat.
In a humiliating capitulation last week, the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to free five Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists, plus a still-undetermined number of other security prisoners, in exchange for the corpses of Regev and Goldwasser. Among those to be turned loose is the notorious Palestinian murderer Samir Kuntar, who in 1979 savagely killed 4-year-old Einat Haran by smashing her skull against a rock with his rifle butt, having first shot her father in the back and then drowned him in the sea. Kuntar, who also killed two policemen and was responsible for the death of Einat's 2-year-old sister, is today being hailed as a hero by Israel's enemies. The Palestinian Authority calls him a "brave warrior," and Beirut is festooned with his picture.
The other problem is that Israel was not only battling Hezbollah. Among the allies of Hezbollah and who were also lined up against the tiny Jewish state were: the entire Muslim world, almost all of the Mainstream Media who bought all of the Hezbollah propaganda as truth, the UN, including UNIFIL, who, as reported by The Weekly Standard and other publications,
DURING THE RECENT month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel, U.N. "peacekeeping" forces made a startling contribution: They openly published daily real-time intelligence, of obvious usefulness to Hezbollah, on the location, equipment, and force structure of Israeli troops in Lebanon.And to this day,
UNIFIL--the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a nearly 2,000-man blue-helmet contingent that has been present on the Lebanon-Israel border since 1978--is officially neutral. Yet, throughout the recent war, it posted on its website for all to see precise information about the movements of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and the nature of their weaponry and materiel, even specifying the placement of IDF safety structures within hours of their construction. New information was sometimes only 30 minutes old when it was posted, and never more than 24 hours old.
Meanwhile, UNIFIL posted not a single item of specific intelligence regarding Hezbollah forces. Statements on the order of Hezbollah "fired rockets in large numbers from various locations" and Hezbollah's rockets "were fired in significantly larger numbers from various locations" are as precise as its coverage of the other side ever got.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is intentionally concealing information about Hezbollah activities south of the Litani River in Lebanon to avoid conflict with the group, senior sources in Jerusalem have said. In the last six months there have been at least four cases in which UNIFIL soldiers identified armed Hezbollah operatives, but did nothing and did not submit full reports on the incidents to the UN Security Council.This is in addition to the normal anti-Semitism expressed regularly by the so-called UN Commission on Human Rights and in the Security Council.
Then there are the various NGOs and alleged human rights organizations, some of the more liberal church groups, and the peace groups, including some headed by Jews and some inside of Israel itself. The Jewish groups are the worst. For some reason, they buy into the same anti-Israel propaganda that the rest of the enemies of Israel believe, including the most pernicious one going around today, the myth of the omnipotent Jewish lobby that controls US foreign policy at the behest of Israel, a paranoid fantasy straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
All of these allies of Hezbollah are still around today and still waiting for the next war. They will pounce on Israel again. Israel will have very few dependable allies. The United States will be one, unless Obama is elected president. Then, I have my doubts. Then our country may be divided. Evangelical Christians will always be in Israel's corner, but as I've chronicled before, most Jews are too deluded to realize how dependable evangelicals are, because evangelicals are, alas, not ideologically pure. Then there is the small cadre of independent bloggers and conservative websites and organizations. We try to alert the world, but the world doesn't want to listen. The world needs its scapegoat.