With the rising pressure for Israel to declare a ceasefire in Lebanon, I think it’s time to do a quick recap on the differences between Israel and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah: Terrorist organization masquerading as political party, occupying a portion of a sovereign state.
Israel: Sovereign state.
Hezbollah: Brutal theocratic thugocracy.
Israel: Representative democracy, with citizens of all races, sexes, and faiths fully eligible to participate.
Hezbollah: Expulsion of all Jews from Israel, either by death or retreat.
Israel: To be left in peace.
Hezbollah: unguided rockets loaded with ball bearings and other items designed to maximize the death, injuries, and other carnage at civilian targets.
Israel: precision-guided bombs and missiles (often with reduced warheads from standard) to minimize damage beyond their precise targets.
Defense of civilians:
Hezbollah: use civilians as human shields, some willing and some unwilling, to deter Israel from attacking them.
Israel: Requires nearly all buildings to have bomb shelters, evacuates whole cities under bombardment.
Hezbollah: Wear civilian clothes, mingle among actual civilians to be undistinguishable until they pick up their weapons.
Israel: Wear uniforms, display markings that clearly indicate their combatant status.
Conditions for peace:
Israel: End of attacks by Hezbollah, disarming of Hezbollah in accord with United Nations Resolution 1559.
Attitude towards deaths of children (Lebanese):
Hezbollah: Outrage and cause for further attacks on civilians.
Israel: Regrettable, cause for pause and reflection and re-evaluation of tactics.
Attitude towards death of children (Israeli:)
Hezbollah: Cause for celebration.
Israel: Cause for renewed strikes on the attackers, redoubled efforts to protect other children, deep mourning.
Hezbollah: Creation of Iranian thugocracy to strike against Israel.
Israel: Restoration of ancient Jewish homeland by United Nations mandate, in lands where Jews have maintained an uninterrupted presence for roughly 3,000 years.