"The moment of truth [re: Iran] is approaching. The diplomatic- security system will make decisions if necessary."
Was he referring to the transitional period? It's not clear. But Abramovich thinks so.
"'They will have to think about whether they want it or not. I hope that Iran will not push them into a war that Iran will not pay the price for but that Lebanon will.'
"...the officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, suggested that Israel had taken too cautious an approach in the [previous] conflict, leading to the deaths of dozens of Israeli soldiers.
"No such mistake would be made in the next conflict, he said, especially as Hezbollah had built military sites in the centre of many villages and towns in southern Lebanon. Pointing to a satellite map of the town of Khiam, he identified a series of buildings that the movement had allegedly taken over for military purposes.
"In these villages where Hezbollah has infrastructure I will guess that civilians will not have houses to come back to after the war," he said.
"The Lebanese government has to take this into consideration. Many of the villages in southern Lebanon will be destroyed. Unfortunate, but we will have no other solution. The day after [we attack] the village will be something that it will take 10 years to rebuild."
This, obviously, is a warning not to get involved if Israel attacks Iran. But hopefully, in some measure, it also represents more with regard to policy. The sound of it is most welcome.
It has been maddening, watching the ways in which terrorist groups totally devoid of morality have twisted situations in combat that have left Israeli military frozen, for fear of hitting civilians.
The IDF, the most moral of military forces in the world, must be able to fight its wars in order to win them. As Hezbollah has deliberately placed its rockets -- by the tens of thousands -- in the heart of civilian areas, it is Hezbollah that must bear responsibility.
Please see the piece below by Barry Rubin. It is particularly important if you read the NYTimes or know people who are influenced by it. But instructive even if this is not the case.
"  The article does not tell us that they are in prison for a reason. These are overwhelmingly people who have murdered or tried to murder civilians...
"  They were in fact 'burly young men…wielding automatic weapons' when thrown into prison after trials. Most of them admit — indeed brag about — their crimes and make it clear that they would continue such deeds if released.
"  Consequently, these people are not heroes to Palestinians, a macho society generally, because they are pitiful, gaunt, and starving but because they were heroes of an armed struggle defined in genocidal terms.
"  The Palestinian Authority and Hamas hold these people as role models to young people so that they will be inspired to grow up to kill more Israelis.
"  'Gaunt adults, wrists in chains' seems pulled from the nineteenth century novels of Victor Hugo."