"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!" Olmert said in a speech in the Knesset plenum Monday evening. "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."Israeli Prime Minister Olmert
I think the translation might be off but I understand and agree with the sentiment.
Olmert spelled out the four goals of the military operations: The return of the abducted Israeli soldiers, a complete cease fire, deployment of the Lebanese army in all of southern Lebanon, expulsion of Hizbullah from the area, and fulfillment of United Nations Resolution 1559.If no one else will do it, what right have others to criticize Israel for enforcing a UN resolution? There are some extraordinary risks involved, to be sure. Syria could engage in defense of its creature Hezbollah as soon as the Isaelis cross the border in force. Iran could announce an embargo of oil shipments in support. Hezbollah may have taken possession of WMD's that wound up in the Bekaa Valley just before OIF began. Each of those is a distinct possibility and all of them happening together is not improbable.
The reward for action on Irael's part will not be a lasting peace. There can be no lasting peace in the Middle East until a non theocratic government is in place in Iran and Israel cannot topple the mullahs - by itself. That said, Israel cannot and should not hesitate to proceed. I know that there will be a fair amount of collateral damage no matter how hard the IDF tries to avoid it. That collateral damage is the bill Lebanon must pay for lacking the will to control its own territory.