Minister with an M-16?
Israel shares a border with four countries; Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and two 'statelets' in Gaza, and West Bank. Of these 6 entities, 4 of them are terror states. The keffiyeh-clad terrorists in Hamastan aka Gaza, the Palestinian Authority's Fatah terrorists in suits who rule the West Bank, the ophthalmologist terrorist-supporter in Syria's Bashar al-Assad, and now the black turban-clad Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon's government.
I shouldn't get ahead of myself, though. Hezbollah hasn't yet accepted Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's offer of 10 of the 30 seats in Lebanon's cabinet. But who am I kidding here; Hezbollah will be part of the next Lebanese government no matter what.
Of course, Israel is no stranger to being surrounded by terror states committed to its destruction. The Fatah conclave last month, Hamas's continued rocket attacks on southern Israel, and Syria serving as an Iranian client-state/sponsor for terrorist groups all prove their deep-seated enthusiasm for Jew-killing. Now, Lebanon can join the fray as an official terror state in the region. Israel does not have relations with Lebanon, and you can bet this recent development will set back any progress in that arena by years, if not decades.
Remember when Beirut was the 'Paris of the East?' Yeah, neither do I, but it actually was at one point a long, long time ago. When Hezbollah launches another war against Israel, notice I said 'when' and not 'if,' Beirut might warrant comparison to another European metropolis; Dresden circa 1945. What I mean here is that, due to Hezbollah's inclusion in the Lebanese government, Israel won't be pulling any punches in the next war. In fact, Prime Minister Netanyahu admitted as much in June:
"If Hizbullah joins the Lebanese government, then the Lebanese government is accepting responsibility for Hizbullah's actions, including its actions against Israel."
It's a very thinly veiled threat, sure, but it shows that Israel isn't going to play around in the next war with Hezbollah/Lebanon. If you ask me, and you obviously did if you're reading this blog, this is the proper attitude to have towards Lebanon: why should Israel hold back one iota towards a country so willing to embrace genocidal, Islamist nutjobs? Yeah, I can't think of a good reason either.
In other, related, news, I wonder if the US will reconsider sending military aid to Lebanon when Hezbollah accepts its seats in the Lebanese cabinet. If there's one way for the Obama administration to ruin its reputation even further in Israel, delivering American weapons and money to Hezbollah would be pretty high on the list. Will we be seeing a poll suggesting that 0% of Jewish Israelis consider Obama pro-Israel? Stay tuned.