The following is an e-mail a few pastors received from a reserve IDF officer
in Israel giving a vastly different spin on the ongoing crisis with the
Hizb’Allah practitioners of the religion of peace and Israel… thought it was
very well worth passing on…

Shalom from Jerusalem.Thank you all for your concern and e-mails of support.

These are hard times in Israel. It is not the first time and unfortunately
might not be the last time. While the majority of the people carry on with their
daily lives, a million people on the northern part of the country, Galilee,
Haifa and the Golan heights are spending most of their time in bomb shelters.
Some short history to explain how we got to the present situation. In May 24,
2000, the Israeli forces that were deployed in Southern Lebanon had pulled back
to Israel. That was to comply with a Security Council resolution calling on all
foreign forces to evacuate Lebanese territory. The Syrian army and its thousands
of soldiers did not remove its forces from Lebanon and the country was held
captive by the Syrian dictatorship. Lebanon was only independent by name. The
decisions for Lebanon’s future were taken in Damascus. When the withdrawal was
completed, the U.N. with Israel’s approval had sent over a party to make sure
that Israel had pulled back to the international border and that there are no
territorial issues between the two countries. Israel’s hope that the Lebanese
army will deploy its forces along the border as the resolution dictated, were in
vain. The Lebanese army never stood to the mission because Syria would not allow
that. Instead, the Hezbollah, with Lebanese consent and over a $100 million
annual support from Iran started to build a terror infrastructure. More than 12
thousand rockets were hidden in bonkers all over south Lebanon. In the same time
the Iranian government was building Hezbollah a fortified quarter in the
southern part of Beirut.

That’s where the headquarters and the logistical center were. Israel was
watching frustrated how the world was ignoring what was going on and doing
nothing to stop Iran and its armed militia Hezbollah. Only when the American
French pressure on Syria increased, the Syrian army had left Lebanon leaving
behind thousands of intelligence officers still holding Lebanon by its throat.
Resolution 1559 from 2004, had called specifically on the disarrangement of
Hezbollah and the Lebanese army’s deployment in south Lebanon. That resolution
was totally ignored. With Iran behind the scene and the massive support it was
giving Hezbollah, the provocations from their side were growing. In October
2000, three Israeli soldiers were killed and their bodies kidnapped into
Lebanon. The Israeli retaliation was minor and Hezbollah’s confidence as a
result, sky high. From time to time, the terrorists would open fire on Israeli
army posts along the border. Several attempts that were made by them to take
more hostages, soldiers and civilians, had failed. As a result of the threat of
abducting Israelis, farmers by the Lebanese border were ordered by the army not
to farm their land too close to the border. In a well anticipated routine,
before the tourist season, before the Jewish high holydays when hundreds of
thousands were suppose to stay in hotels and B&B all over the area, Hezbollah
would fire a few rockets and the tourist season was ruined. Ever since 2000,
Israel had not initiated a single assault or attack on Hezbollah. That had two
main reasons:

  1. Israel was occupied with the Palestinians.
  2. The world was asking to give diplomacy a chance.

Well, as always in the Middle East, diplomacy had failed. Accustomed to the
mailed Israeli retaliation, in July 12, Hezbollah tried again. This time two
soldiers were abducted and 8 others killed in an attack in Israel’s territory
while hundreds of rockets were launched at Israeli towns along the border. That
was the trigger or the excuse we needed to take severe measures to remove
Hezbollah from our borders. It is the same old story. In 1982 we occupied south
Lebanon because of the P.L.O. and now, 24 years later because of Hezbollah. The
only difference is the name of the enemy. When this is all over, who will
guarantee it will not happen again? Who will monitor the border crossings into
Lebanon from Syria and Turkey?

Who will check the cargo brought in by air or by sea?

And the main thing and the most frustrating one is that as these words are
written, weapons of many kinds are flowing un noticed into Gaza for the Hamas
also supplied by Iran. In a few years, there will be another Israeli attack this
time into Gaza to remove the threat. However by then, Iran will probably have an
Atomic bomb.