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Eretz Israel

A few thoughts about the war in the Middle East.

By 7.14.06

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Now for a few thoughts about the war in the Middle East.

1.) God bless Eretz Israel. The Hamas terrorists provoked them mercilessly. Hamas fired rockets and mortars at Israel every single day since Israel gave Gaza back to the Palestinian Authority. Israel acted with amazing restraint. But when the Hamas murderers killed two Israeli soldiers and kidnapped another, that was too much. God bless Israel for having the cojones to stand up for herself.

Hezbollah are the most vicious killers imaginable. They killed 283 U.S. Marines in Lebanon in 1983. They kicked a helpless Navy man, Robert Stetham, to death on a hijacked airliner. They have killed and mailed U.S. embassy people wherever they could. They blew up a Jewish community center filled with children in Buenos Aires.

They are not politicians any more than Stalin or Hitler were politicians. They are simply murderers. God bless Israel for standing up to them when they attacked over the border and killed eight Israelis and kidnapped two. There is no end to the wickedness of these people, no end to their hatred of the United States and Israel. No end to their sickness.

They are not like anyone you know, unless you knew Eichmann or Dr. Mengele or Himmler. The world is well rid of every one whom Israel kills or captures. They cannot be rehabilitated.

2.) God bless George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice. While France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Russia predictably blamed the victim -- Eretz Israel -- Bush and Rice alone stood up for justice and for the right of Israel to self-defense and against murder.

There is no end to the loyalty and courage of Mr. Bush where Israel is concerned. Yes, he has made mistakes aplenty. Yes, he sometimes listens to his heart instead of his head. But his selfless devotion to Israel is a shining chapter in the history of American political leadership. Where LBJ and Kennedy washed their hands of Israel, could not have cared less about whether Israel survived, where Clinton had the thief, murderer Arafat to the White House, more than any other world leader Bush has stood foursquare for the survival of Israel.

How any American Jew concerned about the survival of Israel could even consider not supporting Bush in the final analysis is a mystery to me.

3.) It is clear that Iran is the main funding- and weapons-supplying entity fueling Hezbollah against Israel. Isn't Israel entitled now to bomb the Iranian nuclear sites? Shouldn't the U.S. supply Israel with the weapons needed to do the job? Isn't the time now?

4.) Shouldn't we American Jews be on our knees night and day with gratitude that we are in the blessed, safe USA? We should be and I am.

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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator.