Hezbollah and Israel’s Lawyers-in-Chief

0205-Lebanon-Bulgaria-Attack-Hezbollah-fighters_full_600Originally published by the Jerusalem Post.

The Middle East is rapidly changing. Indeed, it is convulsing. After generations of stasis, where strong, despotic central governments ruled with an iron fist and everyone knew who he was and who he was not, today everything – borders, regimes, identities – is in flux.

Take Iraq. Last week, residents of Mosul lived under Iraqi government control. On Tuesday, they lived under al-Qaida control.

Today national governments throughout the Islamic world are incapable of defeating strategically minded and aggressive jihadist militias like al-Qaida and proxy forces for the likes of Iran.

The most prominent example of an organization that is strategically flexible and capable of evolving and learning is Hezbollah. Since Iran founded the Shi’ite terrorist organization in 1982, Hezbollah has operated on multiple levels simultaneously.

Today it is an international terrorist organization with cells throughout the world. It is Iran’s foreign legion. It is a member of the Lebanese government.

It controls south Lebanon. And it fields its own formidable military force that now serves as the core of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s military forces in the Syrian civil war.

All of these disparate tasks require an enormous capacity for organizational flexibility and learning.

This brings us to Israel.

Leaving aside Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Hezbollah is the greatest looming threat Israel faces. In his address this week before the Herzliya Conference, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said that Hezbollah has the sixth most powerful military in the world.

Not only does it have a missile arsenal capable of destroying strategic targets in Israel including air force bases and electrical stations, Hezbollah’s experience in Syria has provided its commanders with the capacity to carry out sophisticated ground operations unlike any Israel has seen.

Yet according to an article published in the latest issue of the IDF’s journal Ma’arachot by IDF intelligence officer Lt.-Col. N., the IDF’s assessment of Hezbollah’s war-fighting strategy remains frozen in time.

According to N., Israel’s preparations for a future war with Hezbollah have been focused on improving its responses to Hezbollah’s operations in the Second Lebanon War eight years ago. In that war, Hezbollah was unfettered by military commitments in Syria or elsewhere. It had all the time in the world. And so, its goal was to wait Israel out and maintain the capacity to continue attacking it with missiles and rockets until the last moment of the fighting. That is, Hezbollah’s aim was to win the war by not losing it.

And as N. explains, Hezbollah accomplished its mission.

Since then, Israel has focused its efforts and resources on preventing Hezbollah from repeating its achievement by developing the means to destroy hundreds of targets at the same time.

The problem, N. explains, is that Hezbollah has moved on. Hezbollah is not the same organization it was eight years ago. It has new capabilities and new responsibilities. There is no reason for Israel to assume that Hezbollah will operate by the same playbook today that it used in 2006.

Based on speeches by Hezbollah commanders in recent years in which they called for a conquest of the Galilee, and given their expanded responsibilities and capabilities in Lebanon and Syria, N. argues that Hezbollah may prefer a short war involving a combination of missile assaults on military targets and a ground invasion of the Galilee.

N. pointed to a number of vulnerabilities in Israel’s defenses that owe to some degree to our leadership’s focus on winning the last war rather than adapting to our to enemies’ changing capabilities and developing a full spectrum of options for defeating them.

His article has received wide attention. But it is far from clear that his wake-up call will be heeded.

Adapting the IDF’s strategic concept to one capable of confronting Hezbollah today requires the IDF’s senior commanders to be flexible and willing to take risks. Yet Israel’s General Staff is conservative, rigid and, most importantly, risk averse.

N. wrote that most IDF officers and soldiers were deeply disappointed and distressed about Israel’s performance in the 2006 war with Hezbollah, because they recognized that the IDF’s failure to defeat Hezbollah rendered the jihadist force the victor.

But one faction of Israeli society viewed the war as an out-and-out victory. That faction is the legal fraternity.

Due to the widespread outrage over the war’s progression, then-prime minister Ehud Olmert was compelled to form the Winograd Commission to study the military and political leadership’s stewardship of the war.

In testimony before the Winograd Commission, then-attorney-general Menahem Mazuz extolled the war as “the most ‘lawyerly’ in the history of the State of Israel, and perhaps ever.”

It wasn’t that IDF commanders put legal considerations ahead of operational and strategic goals. It was worse than that. 

According to Mazuz, the generals and the political leaders limited their goals from the outset to what they hoped would conform with perceived legal restrictions. This restraint, he bragged, was “the result of a sort of education and internalization that have taken place over the years.

“I remember periods when there was a great deal of friction with the senior military level regarding what is allowed and what is prohibited. But today I think there is more or less an understanding of the rules of the game, and I can’t identify any confrontation… or… demands to ‘let the IDF win.’” According to then-IDF military advocate-general Brig.-Gen. Avi Mandelblit and Mazuz, legal advisers were present at all levels of command in all the relevant service arms and in the security cabinet.

At each level the lawyers were asked to judge the legality of all the proposed targets and planned operations before they were carried out. And as the two explained, in their decisions, these lawyers were informed not by the goal of winning the war but by their interpretation of international law.

Law professor Ruth Gavison, who was a member of the commission, found their testimony deeply disturbing.

“I find this analysis harsh,” she chided. “I think that you have ignored the fact that international law is plagued with problems of selective enforcement and that the application and use of international law in the context of international conflicts is very biased and very political…. Therefore, [reliance on international law] seems to me to be a position that is possible to argue on a rhetorical level, but to internalize it as a real position, that looks to me like a strategic danger.”

Unfortunately, Gavison’s warning fell on deaf ears. Not only has the power of radicalized lawyers with a distorted view of the laws of war not been rolled back in the intervening years. It has expanded, to the point where today, staff officers in the military refuse to carry out lawful instructions from the government.

For instance, according to Haaretz, on Sunday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with the heads of the military government’s Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria to consider ways of sanctioning the Palestinian Authority, which is now led by a Fatah- Hamas government in material breach of the agreements the PLO signed with Israel.

The civil administration was supposed to present recommendations for such sanctions for Netanyahu’s approval. But last Thursday, the civil administration’s staff officers rebelled. At a preparatory meeting, they decided to offer the prime minister no recommendations. According to Haaretz, among other things, they said they couldn’t sanction the Palestinians because it is their duty to help them. They further argued that sanctions “will be difficult to defend from a legal standpoint.”

In other words, radicalized staff levels of the IDF openly defy the government when it tries to provide for the common defense by taking action against Israel’s enemies. They then justify their actions by hiding behind amorphous and contrived legal restrictions.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider the long-term consequences of the Mavi Marmara incident.

In May 2010, IDF naval commandos boarded the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara to prevent it from unlawfully breaching Israel’s maritime blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Terrorists aboard the ship attacked the soldiers with knives, clubs and other weapons with the intent of killing them. The soldiers defended themselves and killed nine terrorists.

The blame-Israel-first crowd, otherwise known as the international community, accused Israel of committing war crimes.

Rather than simply reject the slanderous accusation, led by the legal fraternity, Israel played along.

As a consequence, Israel formed the Turkel Commission charged with determining whether Israel’s system of investigating charges of war crimes meets the requirement of international law.

In the event, in February the commission submitted a 1,000-page report to Netanyahu. It concluded that Israel’s system does abide by the requirements of international law.

Yet, despite this fact, it recommended removing the authority to investigate war crimes allegations from the IDF and transferring it to the attorney- general and the military advocate-general who would no longer be subordinate to the IDF chief of General Staff.

Moreover, the commission recommended that Israel’s political leadership and General Staff be held criminally culpable “for violations committed by their subordinates, if they do not take all reasonable measures to prevent these violations or do not bring those responsible to justice when they find out about violations after the fact.”

The strategic implications of the Turkel Commission’s recommendations are earth shattering.

They mean that from now on, when defending Israel from its enemies, both government ministers and generals will be at the mercy of a self-appointed, radical, unaccountable legal fraternity whose interpretation of the laws of war has but a glancing relationship with the laws of war.

As Mazuz explained its interpretation back in 2007, “The laws of war, or international humanitarian law doesn’t concern itself with relations between two states, but with the relationship between civilians and states. That is, it places the two warring states on one side of the divide and the citizens of the two states on the other side, and the goal of international law is to protect the citizens of the two states and to say: You’re big kids. You want to fight, go fight, you have rules… and the rules aim to minimize as much as possible the consequences of the war.”

In other words, just as the civil administration officers argued, following international law means caring more about enemy populations than you care about your own. Civilian and military leaders who seek to secure Israel are now being subordinated to lawyers whose primary concern is the enemy.

This is a recipe for disaster.

At a time when the threats against us quickly change, grow and change again, we need political and military leaders who are courageous, creative and willing to take calculated risks. But due to our leaders’ unwillingness to challenge our imperial legal guild, we find ourselves at this dangerous juncture with no means of adjusting to strategic shifts.

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  • herb benty

    Tell the lawyers to buzz off dear Israel. Do not repeat the American’s Vietnam disaster, where the Yanks were, “not allowed to win”. Israel will cease to exist if the IDF is led by lawyer/international law criteria. The whole world knows damn well that Islam wants ALL Israeli’s dead. Forget the “international community”, you only need to worry about what God thinks anyway. God knows you have to defend yourself in these last days.

    • Myrtle

      JESUS told HIS disciples in Luke 22:36 Then said HE unto them, “But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword (equivalent to our gun) let him sell his garment and buy one,” so of course HE expects us to defend ourselves, don’t doubt it for a moment..

      • herb benty

        Yup, Jesus is no pacifist hippie. Peter had a sword in his cloak, and the Lord knew it was there. Jesus Christ told the centurian to be satisfied with his pay, He did not tell him to quit the Army!

      • BagLady

        Myrtle, you’re back!

        What you appear to be saying is that we should put all our money into war bonds

    • BagLady

      The world also knows that Israel would be happy for every Muslim to drop dead tomorrow,.

      It is always good to know that God speaks to us through such as you Saint Herb Must I grovel in your presence?

      Last days eh? Gosh I better prepare.

      • Drakken

        Put your money where your muslim loving mouth is and go join your jihadist cause, the world would be a better place without Quislings like you.

      • herb benty

        You are either a garden variety anti- semite or a Muslim. Israel is 1/3 Arab, they have freedom. professorships, judges etc., and PREFER living in Israel. The wicked have always scoffed at God.

    • Miki Bacsi

      That’s right. But right now I think it is better to wait until the
      various savage groups massacre each other. Once it’s over the IDF should
      deal with Hezbollah for good.

      https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/422752

      • herb benty

        By all means let the savages reduce their own numbers. And I trust and admire the IDF, but as you well know, there is the PLO/Hamas, Iran, ISIS etc., etc to consider. I firmly believe God Almighty will be with Israel in the time ahead.

  • thanhzenhth82
  • chicagotrance

    Caroline fails to mention that our politicians have no balls. The Knesset willingly allowed the Court to usurp power, no political party is willing to risk the media wrath, the uproar from our moron media. As for the IDF, it’s just another lousy government bureaucracy with promotions based on politics.
    Our political system is dysfunctional & produces mediocre political hacks.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Hezbollah strives for legitimacy. We should give it to them by taking the approach that attacks on civilian populations will be met in kind. Rocket attacks should be met with air raids on Hezbollah controlled towns and cities.

    • http://israelisverige.info Ralph Haglund

      EU likes those who do not carry guns in front of their reporters.

    • BagLady

      Oh right, that’ll work

      • Drakken

        It always does. When haji runs out of jihadist to throw at you, it is called a win win for everyone.

      • Hard Little Machine

        My plan B is small-ish neutron bombs. Off course killing all the ‘people’ in this case is a misnomer.

  • Reuven

    The protection of Israel; and Israelis must be the first priority. Keep the lawyers out of it.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Tell the lawyers to go after hamass, hezbullah, al qada, fascist iran, the taliban.

      That should keep them busy till the end of Mecca.

      • BagLady

        and reap them a hefty fee.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          As Socialists they should work Pro-Bono.

    • BagLady

      Whose priority exactly?

  • Gee

    The Laws of Wars state that we can use all the firepower we need to end the threat to our country. No matter how many non-combatants die.
    That is real international law – the rest is mere commentary.

  • Habbgun

    Interesting analysis. Seems the Islamists can function under Islamic ideas of warfare but their governments aren’t effective with Western military methods. Seems that without the Left in the West the jihadists would have failed. They are an influx not an army. At least we are learning who the enemy really is.

  • watsa46

    The so called Int community will impose the “Rules of War” only to IL They will always give a pass to the barbarians. This is in itself constitutes antisemitism. this position is very likely also condoned by the IL left.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Mohamemds “Rules of War” have already been taking hold in Eurabia.

      London’s 7/7/05, Madrid, open threats of 9/11 scale massacres in Eurabia, beheading of soldier Lee Rigby.

  • watsa46

    The ONLY purpose of war is to DESTROY the enemy. Once again the Int community tied Il arm.

  • Joe The Gentile

    I’m sorry to see Israel having these kind of problems.

    There is a modern ‘liberal’ tendency to view war as if it is crime; and to try to fight it as if it is crime management, with all the civil innocent-until-proven-guilty rights of accused criminals. The problem with that perspective is that it is not the way to win the war, it is the way to lose it. War is not civilian crime, and can’t be fought as if it is.

  • montana83

    International Law??? Are you kidding me? The ISIS ISIL forces in Iraq, led by former Saddam Army leaders are beheading everyone. Where is that precisely in Israel’s left wing lawyer Army?
    Israel barely won the 1973 war and as Golda Meir said more or less, ‘The Arabs can lose to Israel over and over again but Israel can lose only once”.
    Prediction: The weaker the IDF is and the more constrained it is by legal niceties, the more likely Israel will suffer huge losses and revert to nukes. Is this what the Peace Now, left wing Israeli Supreme Court wishes?

    • 1Indioviejo1

      I say nuke them.

      • BagLady

        I say nuke you, prat. SPLAT.

    • BagLady

      … and the rest of the world is supposed to worry that Iran will get nukes. Ha. Israel is the biggest danger to the rest of the world with their trigger happy fingers itching to protect their GOD given right to rule the world.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Israel is the biggest danger to the rest of the world?

        Not fascist iran, al qada, isis, hamass, hezbullah, boko haram, muslim brotherhood, kgb putin, eurabia?

        Who has killed 160,000+ in Syria? Why does every airport in the world need checkpoints?

        Are you high PigLady?

        • BagLady

          Slightly, yes I am.

          You left out the one country I would agree with you on in terms of international danger and that’s Saudi Arabia, America’s bussom pal. They’re doing all the funding and without it the foot soldiers would be toting pop-guns.

          I wouldn’t put Putin on my list of dangerous countries at all.

          You are right. Every country does need checkpoints and I shall be very pleased when my own country gets some. That’s not very likely in the near future as we still have to assimilate half of Bulgaria and the rest of the riff raff from Romania.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            PigLady, your fascist country didn’t want Jews or Gypsies, but now you have millions of Muslims.

            Enjoy your inevitable fate.

          • BagLady

            I know you refer to me as PigLady in a childish attempt at insult but, in fact, I owe my life to a pig and find nothing offensive in being associated with these highly intelligent and caring animals. Get over it.

            In the meantime, I should like to point out that MY country is also home to many happy Jews, which has been the case for as long as anyone can remember. Half the bloody government is Jewish. You talk gibberish a lot (most) of the time.

      • Drakken

        Come on muslim lover, join them.

    • BagLady

      “Legal niceties”? Is that how you define the constraints on Israel that, so far, have stopped it (limited it) in the wonton destruction of a perceived enemy, taking half the world with it.

      Come on. Own up. You are temporarily in bed with the Saudis, prostituting yourselves for your own ‘greater good’. Pushing the button on Iraq and Iran Shi’ites. Backing the Sunnis that you so recently downed in your devious ‘game of thrones’.

      Who’s grabbed the three Jewish boys? Who cares? Certainly not Netanyahu. It’s a great excuse to go on the rampage in the West Bank, killing anyone outraged by your arrogant disregard for human rights. Could well be a false flag scenario but it doesn’t matter. The end justifies the means.

  • zoomie

    Barbarians Vs. Wimps
    Barbarians Win

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The naz i barbarians were defeated – at great cost.

      The koranazis have and will continue to be defeated in any confrontation with the West.

      • BagLady

        You call your enemies barbarians whilst advocating barbarity for your friends.

        I expect you’ll have some perverted logic behind this thinking.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          PigLady, Stop projecting your fascist ideology on me.

          Enjoy your Nakba. You brought it on yourself.

          • Drakken

            It comes down to a very simple choice, your either with Western Civilization, or your with the savages. There is no longer any choice in the matter and being neutral makes you ditch material.

  • fpm

    One best treatment of cancer is radiation.

  • emptorpreempted

    These “international laws” are abstracted from the experiences of pre-20th century Europe, when the wars were between countries that were part of the same larger civilization and had a great deal in common. Such wars had narrowly circumscribed purposes, nothing like exterminating whole populations for ideological reasons; and the distinction between solider and civilian was always tacitly understood. Even in these favorable conditions, very different from those which Israel has to face, no army ever quite came up to the standard demanded of Israel by artificial “international humanitarian law.” Whereas real international law is made by treaty and custom, these rules are complete rubbish, they are utopian standards of conduct devised by bureaucrats with no standing to tell governments how to protect their citizens. Taking them at face value is a sign of a dull intellect.

  • Walter Sieruk

    The agenda of Hezbollah is to destroy the State of Israel. In this they will fail because they are fated to lose in that goal. This is because,even through they may not know it, they are striving against the Will of God. This is because God in His Word, the Bible, has declared the this area of land that now composes the State of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. As seen, for example, in Genesis 28:13-15. 35:10-12. Deuternomy 32:48,49. Psalms 105:7-11. 135:4. This land also belongs to the Jewish people by historic rights. As shown in First Kings 4:20,21,24,25. 8:55,56. So the members of Hezbollah may not be aware of it ,they are wicked , this is because they are working against what God is for.which is Israel. As shown in the just cited scriptures. So Even if Hezbollah join their forces together with Hamas to destory Israel they will false. As in lose and lose hard by being punished for it. As the Bible teaches in Proverbs 11:21. “Though hand join in hand the wicked shall not go unpunished ” [KJV]. Nevertheless, in all fairness, there is one way for the Hezbolah members to convince God to change His Mind and then turn His Back on Israel and thus have that nation be no more. That way is for them to change the laws of astrophysics,including that of the sun ,the moon and the stars. For God has said in His Word in Jeremiah 31:35,36. “Thus saith the Lord, which gives the sun for a light by day and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for the light be night…The Lord of host is His name. If those ordinance depart from before Me saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.”

  • Bert

    This is another stark reminder of a spiritual cancer that has been with the Jewish people for centuries. Despite all our intellectual gifts we have a secular streak that cripples us every time. We worry more about what ‘others’ will think than with our Torah and with defeating the enemy that wants to exterminate us. Our enemy knows us better than we know ourselves.

    • TheTruthHurts

      Israel’s greatest warriors from Dayan to Rabin and Golda came from the secularists. And they were doves. Israel’s most religious have evaded mandatory military service. Bert where were you during the 2006 war.
      It seems the more religious Israel has become the less militarily effective they have become. It seems the religious believe its the duty of someone else to fight. That’s why your current government begs the US Goy to fight its looming war with Iran.
      How pitiful.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        I hope we “goys” do it for the sake of mankind. “Delenda Est Islam”.

      • republicc

        Although it is true that the earlier periods in Israeli rebirth were dominated by secularists, that has not been the case for a while now. Today, members of religious Zionist groups represent 12 per cent of the total Jewish population in Israel. In the early eighties, they made up just 2 per cent of the officers in combat units of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF); they now constitute 35-40 per cent of the elite brigades and combat units. It is worth noting that the percentage of religious individuals exceeds this percentage in some army units.

        The number of such religious Israelis has also risen in senior military ranks. For example, the senior officers of three out of four elite brigades in the infantry all belong to the religious Zionist trend, while most of the other company commanders and battalion heads are from the same demographic. And of course, the head of Bayit Yehudi, Naftali Bennett served in the Sayeret Matkal and Maglan units as a company commander and continues to serve in the reserves today, holding the rank of Major.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        How foolish. It’s the “socialists” in Israel, who long to be accepted by Eurarbia who are crippling Israel.

        The Russian Jews who fled Russia and come to Israel know what a crock Socialism is and support Israel.

        The leftards should live in Gaza, with the neteuri karta “anti-zionists” to prove that Jews can live under Islamist domination with safety as long as they are dhimmis.

      • tickletik

        It is very clear from both Perfidy and “the first tithe” that these ‘leaders’ mostly got to their position on the blood and sweat of the real fighters, and have spent the past 50 years demoralizing the nation to the point where the army is considered to be a joke.

        I know what actually goes on in the army “truth” it is a leftist nightmare, that is only kept alove by the national religious units. Frankly I think they should take a page out of the Haredim and refuse to serve. Bring this clown show AND YOU to a halt!

  • TheTruthHurts

    Iran did not create Hezbollah. Israel’s bloody invasion of Lebanon created them. They were Israel’s former allies until the IDF killed and otherwise mistreated them. Now you cannot beat them so you are going to have to live with them.

    • Adam Auach

      Evidence Shia Islam was ever Israel’s ally please? Shia Islam says Jews are dirty from birth.

      • TheTruthHurts

        Oh please … stay out of the religious scrolls and in reality. The Shia living in Southern Lebanon would provide the IDF with information about their common foe — the Sunni PLO.
        Don’t ultra orthodox Jews say that all other Jews, Goys, Muslims, Hindus, etc., are dirty from birth?

        • republicc

          Actually they don’t say anything of the kind. But you on the other hand are a dirty vile lying scum bag. By the way, although you have no interest in the facts, The PLO was ensconced in Lebanon by the Syrian rulers.

          The PLO repeatedly violated the July 1981 cease-fire agreement. By June 1982, when the IDF went into Lebanon, the PLO had made life in northern Israel intolerable through its repeated shelling of Israeli towns.

          In the ensuing 11 months, the PLO staged 270 terrorist actions in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and along the Lebanese and Jordanian borders. Twenty-nine Israelis died, and more than 300 were injured in the attacks. The frequency of attacks in the Galilee forced thousands of residents to flee their homes or to spend large amounts of time in bomb shelters.

          A force of some 15–18,000 PLO members was encamped in scores of locations in Lebanon. About 5,000–6,000 were foreign mercenaries, coming from such countries as Libya, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka, Chad and Mozambique. The PLO had an arsenal that included mortars, Katyusha rockets, and an extensive anti-aircraft network. Israel later discovered enough light arms and other weapons in Lebanon to equip five brigades. The PLO also brought hundreds of T-34 tanks into the area. Syria, which permitted Lebanon to become a haven for the PLO and other terrorist groups, brought surface-to-air missiles into that country, creating yet another danger for Israel.

          Israeli strikes and commando raids were unable to stem the growth of this PLO army. Israel was not prepared to wait for more deadly attacks to be launched against its civilian population before acting against the terrorists.

          After Israel launched one such assault on June 4–5, 1982, the PLO responded with a massive artillery and mortar attack on the Israeli population of the Galilee. On June 6, the IDF moved into Lebanon to drive out the terrorists.

          Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger defended the Israeli operation: “No sovereign state can tolerate indefinitely the buildup along its borders of a military force dedicated to its destruction and implementing its objectives by periodic shellings and raids.”

        • 1Indioviejo1

          As a non Jew I HATE Muslims. I would support Israel nuking Teheran and all of its nuclear sites. BTW, I would like you to be living in Teheran when it happens.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          TheTaqiyaHurts,

          You are confusing ultra orthodox Jews with ultra orthodox Muslims.

          The kind of ultra orthodox Muslims who are at war with the entire world, – and kill indiscriminately in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Yemen, London…

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Are we talking about Hezbollah the Party of Allah? In and by itself it is defined as a rotten Totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religious cult. Any destruction brought on them is an act of God.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Hezbollah – the Party of Satan.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Now Lebanon has been invaded by proxies of fascist iran, syria has been invaded by proxies of fascist iran, the muslim brotherhood was defeated in Egypt, 160,000+ have died in Syria.

      But Israel is at fault for Arabs killing Arabs AND Infidels all over the world.

      Stay in Eurabia fool.

  • Adam Auach

    This article leaves out a major element, half or more of this “legal” activist community who holds the reins of Israel are EU, American secret service spies. All the top antisemites have fidures out how to pretend to be Jewish, most of thye anti”zionist” organizations are controlled by new :jews” (notice how many Nzis and eastern european antisemites had features which seemed Jewish) Also you will note there is a disprorianate number of people on the legal activist Isral controlling civil organization who happen to be Geman and British and Australian, far more than the percentage of Jews from those places in Israel.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    It is so sad to know that a fifth column is alive and well in Israel. After the suffering for millennia, and still Jews don’t learn the lesson. The world cares little about Jews and most would celebrate your disappearance. Why care about opinions from the wicked?

  • http://israelisverige.info Ralph Haglund

    Scary. The Supreme Court is destroying an awful lot for Israel as a Meretz-thinking center. Bibi is destroying a lot when NOT using international law, Levy Report, to the advantage of Israel, but he want to yakk like Obama, seldom impressing anyone. If Israel does like against Gaza in war, send leaflets and phone messages to tell everyone where they will attack – who has done it before and how can they win? Sending humaniarian help all the time on its account, using the terrorists’ main adaption of human shields – which you DO NOT need to accept during war, you only have to be “proportional” and letting its enemies determine what it means. Israel has maps where many weapons are stored bu Hizb’allah but Israel is NOT make a massive attack against these places, they will send phone calls and write in theif papers first – not drop papers because then the environmentalists get angry. Or is using toilet paper ok?

    • Drakken

      There is no such thing as proportional in warfare, you wipe them out to the last jihadist and call it a day.

  • wally

    In 2006 Israel deliberately lost the war against Hizbollah, since then she has deliberately allowed Hizbollah to array thousands of lethal rockets against her.
    So Israel is not an entity which protects herself, the population understands that and that is why anyone who can do so leaves.

  • BagLady

    After generations of stasis, where strong,
    despotic central governments ruled with an iron fist and everyone knew
    who he was and who he was not, today everything – borders, regimes,
    identities – is in flux.”

    .. and there was peace, of a sort.

    Since Iran founded the Shi’ite terrorist organization in 1982,”

    I don’t think that Shi’ites were automatically termed ‘terrorists’ at the time. In fact I’d go so far as to say no enemy soldiers were ever termed thus in those days.

    I remember periods when there was a great
    deal of friction with the senior military level regarding what is
    allowed and what is prohibited. But today I think there is more or less
    an understanding of the rules of the game, and I can’t identify any
    confrontation… or… demands to ‘let the IDF win.”

    Do you mean the use of white phosphorous etc., a sort of no holds barred kind of attack? Perhaps one nuke on the entire population would be justified under God’s kindly eye. You could do a Truman hand brushing to rid yourselves of the dirt that lingers from their presence on the planet.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Fascist iran keeps declaring its goal of death to America and Israel in massive Nuremberg style rallies.

      Isn’t it only fair to per-emptively wipe fascist iran off the map, pages of time.

      And Tehran, Mecca, Qom and other hellholes are smaller than Israel.

    • Drakken

      WP is a nice tool to use to clear out rat’s nests of Islamic fighters. I would bring back the use of napalm as well for it is a great urban renewal weapon. Your lucky that I’m not in charge for everyone would be asking, what Gaza?

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Warm up Dimona, guys. “Hand fulls of ‘dem nukes you got”. Man up and go for it, Israel.

  • Gee

    I am sure glad we didn’t have any lawyers hanging over our shoulders in 1973. Otherwise we would have never crossed into Africa and ended the war

    • Drakken

      Any time a lawyer gets involved, start shooting the lawyers.

  • Hank Rearden

    Israel needs to take its lawless behavior seriously. But it is forced into that behavior by actions of its enemies who do not observe the Geneva Conventions.

    There is a solution. When enemies attack Israel or, for instance, locate missiles in civilian neighborhoods, before taking any military action, Israel needs to send these lawyers out to the enemy positions to serve papers on them to stop their illegal activities.

  • SoCalMike

    International Law is a fraud which radicals use and hide behind.
    Fire each and every one of these punks for insubordination before the PC tumor metastasizes to far.