MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) is a great resource, because they have this nasty habit of showing and translating what the Arabs say in Arabic to other Arabs. For example, a recent transcript from an appearance by Hizbullah’s Hassan Nasrallah on Al-Jazeera (they have the video, too), in which he makes a few important admissions you won’t hear on CNN:
- He was obviously surprised by condemnation from Arab governments, and blames them for the strength of Israel’s reaction.
- He told the Lebanese they were going to abduct Israeli soldiers.
- He will call it a “victory” as long as even one of his terrorists still fires his weapon.
The third of these is, of course, relevant to my post of a few days ago, in which I asked:
The question now is whether to allow Hamas to save face by promising a later prisoner release (whether or not the prisoners in question were up for release in any case), or to press forward until Hamas breaks down entirely, and releases Shalit without conditions. That honestly might happen, given the current concessions as discussed—but then again, intransigence could backfire.
It is possible that in the coming days, Hizbollah will be in the same situation as Hamas — backed against the wall. If they refuse to acknowledge defeat, yet it’s the obvious reality, is Israel obligated to keep fighting?