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Israeli Soldier Murdered on Lebanese Border. Will U.S. Act?

December 16th, 2013 - 2:25 pm

On December 15, an Israeli jeep was driving along the Israel-Lebanese border near the coast, in a quiet area which hadn’t seen war for decades. Suddenly, a shot — and a warrant officer fell dead.

He wasn’t killed by a “terrorist.” Apparently he was shot by a uniformed soldier of the Lebanese army.

Let’s consider this situation under America’s supposed security protection of Israel. Is Lebanon going to court martial this soldier? Is the United States going to demand that he be punished? Will the United States do anything? Remember that the U.S. will be subsidizing Iran, and who knows what else, and that the Obama administration has attempted to restrain any Israeli actions in the past.

This Lebanese soldier is going to get away with murder. No one will criticize him; rather, he will receive compliments.

This incident and the U.S. response are going to pose daily questions of U.S. policy going forward (this was a Lebanese soldier, not a Palestinian, but the principle is the same).

What if the soldiers had been a few dozen miles away? The United States is obviously going to regret such an action, but is not going to do anything, and will try to restrain Israel. Lebanon, Syria, and other countries are going to behave like they are at war with Israel, but the United States will not allow Israel to behave like it is at war with them.

What if Hizballah had shot the soldier? This would mean that an Israeli soldier was murdered by a de facto ally of the United States. After all, the United States has likely provided Iran with some $20 billion, has cut sanctions, and so will not do anything about the situation. What do Israelis gain? A “frequent friar” (Hebrew for “sucker”) card.

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I gonna say it. It was reported that Col. Allen West left PJM after a dispute in which he called a PJM staffer a "Jewish American Princess". Hardly a surprise as those of her religio/ethnic identity comprise over half of PJM writers. Writers who increasingly write not about conservative issues in America, but about how issues in America/Israel should affect conservatives. We've all read about news acronyms in the past, CNN=Clinton News Network etc. In the left blogosphere PJM= Predominately/Partisan Jewish Media. The above article is a reason it resonates. A single Israeli soldier is killed on the Lebanese border and America should respond? What is the IDF short of 5.56? Israel gets 4 billion a year in aid from America, that's 5k for every man, woman and child, 20k a year for a family of 4 in American tax payer dollars. Nice work if you can get us to do it. That having been said I admire the Israelis, always have. They live in a tough neighborhood that shows scant signs of gentrification. The conventional existential threat has however abated. The idea of T-64s track deep in the Med is as laughable as T-64s crashing through the Fulda Gap in Germany. I know because my time in service 82nd ABN INF 78-84] coincided with the height of that threat. Israel still has real and deadly enemies, whether they are rational at National Command Authority level is the key if and when they develop deployable nuclear assests. Israel is the 6th most powerful nuclear power on earth. It's acquisition of cruise missle capable German submarines give it the second strike capability of a first rate power. Given all that, an article appealing to us on the death of a single soldier on a dangerous border is insulting. Not perhaps as insulting as some of the other writers on this site, I'm talking to you Mr. Hornick, but so blatantly partisan I can't imagine it's title on the homepage of JWR or Commentary. As a premium member I will continue to support Bill Whittle and Dr. Hanson, articles such as the one above, meh...not so much.
31 weeks ago
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The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth. The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as




Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.




On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares. Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'box'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.

Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded front.

Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.
31 weeks ago
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31 weeks ago
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We had plenty of our own soldiers murdered on borders during the Cold War. It was always covered up; reported as a "training accident".

The 1976 incident at Panmunjom in Korea was unusual only in that someone smuggled out a film of the actual attack, so it was publicized. Had it not been for the film, instead of being an international incident, it would have been deep-sixed, as countless others have been.

Nobody in his right mind goes to war over a solder or a few killed on a hostile border. It's part of the landscape.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/dmz-list.htm

And that's just ONE disputed border.

31 weeks ago
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I agree that US has no role in this border incident. Nor should it. Israel could respond in a number of ways but has chosen a path to avoid the big war for now.

Let the jihadis in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, burn themselves out. Sure they talk a big game. When was the last time a jihadi force hit inside Israel?

Last I heard the Israeli Air Force has destroyed at least 5 targets inside Syria bound for Hezbolla with zero consequence. Israel is a much bigger player in Syria than the weak US effort.



31 weeks ago
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The Israeli should do as they see fit. The Israelis are very silly believing that there is a reasonable course other than exacting such a cost that the people in the area will stop it before it starts.
31 weeks ago
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You people are missingthe point of the article. Dr Rubin is not saying the US should start a war with lebanon over this murder. He is saying that we can expect this kind of event daily if the Palestinians are given statehood. We have seen how feckless the UN is despite it's assurances after the 2006 border war. The UN forces constrain Israel but not the arabs. Should we no expect the same asymmety when Kerry places US forces on the Israeli Palestinian border? If so do we really want/ need them there?
31 weeks ago
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"Israeli Soldier Murdered on Lebanese Border. Will U.S. Act?"

Why would the US act? Would you expect Israel to act if a Canadian shot an American?

Israel will do the acting.
32 weeks ago
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The last three comments here are pretty selfish. On the other hand, the US no longer takes care of its own borders, and will not as long as 'enlightened voters' (including 70% of Jews) vote for these Dem Admins - this being only the worst of a line. But if you read Barry regularly, you know, as Ms. Falafel said, he in no way wants the US to take care of Israeli security. Odd, though, that some of us care more about porous US borders than you do about Israel's.
32 weeks ago
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Guard your own borders. We still have a battalion in the Sinai watching the Egyptians we ought to withdraw. Big Boy Games, Big Boy Rules.
31 weeks ago
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Larry, you're looking for an argument and there isn't any.
What we're saying, badly perhaps, is what WOULD you or we expect from an administration who won't even protect the men who GUARD the border here? I'd like to think that we could look after ourselves half as well as you guys do, but right now that just isn't the case. Our heads are spinning over this. Don't look for new ways to be offended or confused. We're plenty of both.
31 weeks ago
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What is "odd" about worrying more about one's own borders ? Any and every national would feel that way about their own borders. Mr. Rubin's question at the opening was poorly stated and seemed to imply US obligation to respond to a purely Israeli matter. The better question should have been, "will the Obama administration attempt to suppress Israeli response and what will Israel do about it?"
31 weeks ago
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I have to fall into line with the commentary about our own borders
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