July 25, 2006
Hezbollah: Israeli Response 'A Surprise'Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Hat tip to "Tommy" for sending this in, along with the comment that "instead, they expected "the usual, limited response" from Israel. The same response which has failed time and again to deter Hezbollah. The same one the Arabs and their moonbat sympathizers are demanding from Israel":
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A senior Hezbollah official said Tuesday the guerrilla group did not expectSource
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 just happened to be listening to Fox News while writing a post when this come out just a little while ago. I thought at the time it sounded a little lame, although Israel and the U.S. both would have to admit to having provided the Islamists with sufficient displays of dhimmitude so as to leave them with the impression that Israel and the West would cowtow to their threats and actions.
Not so now, or anymore. The West is, hopefully, waking up to the fact that when negotiating with Islamists, things don't get better, they get worse. On the other hand, the Islamists are learning that the Jewish state has a bigger bite than its bark.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah's "gee we didn't mean to start a war" expression sounds like a ruse to divert attention to the fact that Iran is calling the shots and has been all along.
Posted by Richard at July 25, 2006 4:24 PM
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