2 hours ago PM Olmert said the following:
“Citizens of Israel, there are moments in the life of a nation, when it is compelled to look directly into the face of reality and say: no more,” he said.
“And I say to everyone: no more. Israel will not be held hostage – not by terror gangs or by a terrorist authority or by any sovereign state,”
“There is nothing we want more than peace on all of our borders,” Olmert told the Knesset. But he said, “Israel will not agree to live with rockets fired on its citizens, he added. “Only a nation that can protect its freedom deserves it,” he stated.
Amen Mr. Olmert. Amen. God Speed in your efforts and God Bless the IDF!
Doesn’t sound like a man who is going to cave to the “balanced response” crowd does it? Over at HotAir a commenter, Creed, offered up this phrase from Menachem Begin from the last Lebanon adventure in 1982:
The hour of decision has arrived. You know what I have done, and what all of us have done. To prevent war and bereavement. But our fate is that in the Land of Israel there is no escape from fighting in the spirit of self-sacrifice. Believe me, the alternative to fighting is Treblinka, and we have resolved that there would be no Treblinkas. This is the moment in which courageous choice has to be made. The criminal terrorists and the world must know that the Jewish people have a right to self-defense, just like any other people.
Begin Got It. Olmert Gets It. It’s not common for a Non-Kentuckian to get the Half Horse-Half Gator award but Mr. Olmert, This one’s for you.