Bulgaria finally released its much-anticipated report on the terror bombing at its airport last year which killed five Israelis. It said that several of the bombers and accomplices had clear connections to Hezbollah’s military wing.
As I’ve said many times here, I don’t support terror attacks, especially not on civilians. I denounced this attack at the time. The victims were, like all such victims, pawns in a game played by their leaders angling for political advantage or ideological vindication.
But neither do I support hypocrisy. And the notion that Hezbollah’s alleged act of terror is devoid of any history or context and that the group is Islamist spawn of Satan for that reason is nonsense. Israel’s own acts of terror against the group go back at least as far as the assassination of its prior leader, Abbas Musawi. In 2008, Meir Dagan assassinated Hezbollah’s number two leader, Imad Mugniyeh in an operation he’s practically bragged about on Israeli TV.
So I have no problem with the EU labeling Hezbollah a terror organization if they name Israel along with it. If they add Hezbollah to the list and leave Israel off, then it’s nothing but arrant hypocrisy. While we’re at it, let’s add the U.S. to the list too as we’re quite proficient at killing several thousand Muslim civilians throughout the Middle East. In fact, as I’ve written before, counter terrorism and kill lists seem to be the substitute for a real foreign policy in that region.
The spin Barak Ravid and his Israeli government source put on this story last night was interesting. He said that Bulgaria knew and believed there was Iranian involvement, but that Israel feared out of a sense of needing to trim its sails to the prevailing winds that Bulgaria would hedge in blaming Iran. It did more than hedge. It offered no proof whatsoever of Iranian involvement.
That didn’t stop Bibi:
Mr. Tsvetanov did not mention Iran, but the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a statement on Tuesday, “This is yet a further corroboration of what we have already known, that Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons are orchestrating a worldwide campaign of terror that is spanning countries and continents.”
I am not making the claim that Iran wasn’t involved in this attack. I am saying that Israel has a long history of blaming whoever is Public Enemy #1 of the day for whatever heinous acts have befallen it. It often does so with little or no evidence. It does this so often that in the rare instance when an Israeli claim is right, the world doesn’t believe it. Remember Chicken Little and his warning the sky was falling? That’s Israel. The only difference is Chicken Little really believed the sky was falling. Israeli leaders often don’t believe a word of what they peddle to their domestic or international audience.
If Iran was involved, it too would have ample justification (in Iran’s eyes) for such an attack including numerous acts of sabotage and assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.
So if Israel wants to trumpet these findings as proof that its enemy is a terrorist, fine. But let’s not lose track of the fact that Israel is just as proficient and active in this game. But unlike Hezbollah, it has no justification for engaging in acts of terror as a nation-state.
Finally, like a broken record I say for what seems like the 100th time: terror doesn’t solve anything. It makes things worse. Israel’s terror, being on a far more lethal scale because of the more destructive weapons at its disposal, makes things far worse. Make peace. That’s what will end terror. If instead of Operation Cast Lead, Ehud Olmert had concluded Turkish-led talks with Syria with a peace agreement; if Ehud Barak had signed the deal offered to him in 2000 by Assad–there could be peace with Lebanon right now.
There is one reason alone why terror continues unabated: Israel is not prepared for peace. It shuts the door whenever the opportunity is offered.