Know your enemy

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.

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.

Preferred weapon:

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.


Hezbollah: Islamic green upraised arm holding AK-47 on field of yellow.

Israel: Blue Star (or shield) of David between blue horizontal stripes on field of white, representing a tallit (prayer shawl).

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