By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
Associated Press Writer
A senior Hezbollah official said Tuesday the guerrilla group did not expect Israel to react so strongly to its capture of two Israeli soldiers. Mahmoud Komati, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s political arm, also told The Associated Press in an interview that his group will not lay down arms. “The truth is _ let me say this clearly _ we didn’t even expect (this) response…. that (Israel) would exploit this operation for this big war against us,” said Komati.He said Hezbollah had expected “the usual, limited response” from Israel to the July 12 cross-border raid, in which three Israelis were killed.
In the past, he said, Israeli responses to Hezbollah actions included sending commandos into Lebanon to seize Hezbollah officials or briefly targeting specific Hezbollah strongholds.
He said the Shiite group had anticipated there would be negotiations on exchanging the Israeli soldiers for three Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails, with Germany acting as a mediator as it did before.
I love the Israelis. They have no problem saying enough is enough. They don’t care who likes them. They don’t care who agrees or disagrees with them. They don’t take a poll to see if an action is popular.
We should have leaders who go to the Israeli school of how to protect your citizens otherwise known as how to have a spine.
If someone was routinely lobbing missiles in my town and kidnapping my soldiers and citizens, I wouldn’t play nice, would you? If someone says they want to wipe me and my family off the face of the earth, I would feel no obligation to play fair. I wouldn’t feel the need to wait around until they had entered my house with weapons. I’m not giving them the chance.
Israel continues to do the heavy lifting all alone in these situations. We don’t stop them (good), but we don’t help them either. When do we stand with our friends? We’re sending aid to Lebanon (good), are we sending aid to Israel?
Secretary Rice is saying we want an enduring peace (good); until we get it, let’s actually support Israel with more than just diplomatic yapping.