|PLO Ambassador on Hezbollah bombing:|
"the resistance fighters would capture Israeli soldiers"
to exchange them for Palestinian prisoners,
"forcing Israel to free them all"
Israel demonized as "rampant villains" and "wild bull"
Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Following Hezbollah's bombing in Northern Israel two days ago, which killed two Israeli soldiers, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for the official PA daily Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida Adli Sadeq described the Palestinian "joy" over Hezbollah's "operation." He explained that Palestinians were hoping Hezbollah would kidnap Israeli soldiers that could be used as bargaining chip to demand the release of "all" Palestinian prisoners:
"The Palestinians followed the developments of yesterday's event together, full of hope that the resistance fighters (i.e. Hezbollah) would capture Israeli soldiers and hold them in order to exchange them [for Palestinian prisoners], thereby breaking Israel's inflexibility regarding the prisoners' issue and forcing it to free them all." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2015]
Hezbollah's bombing followed an airstrike attributed to Israel earlier this month in which Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh was killed. Fatah and PLO immediately sent a delegation to convey condolences. Palestinian Media Watch reported that on this occasion, the movements' representative stated that Palestinians and Hezbollah "are in the same trench, and are resisting the same enemy."
Upholding the image of Israel as the enemy, PLO Ambassador Sadeq demonized Israel throughout his article, labelling it "the aggressors," those addicted to carrying out bloody attacks against all their neighbors," "rampant villains" and a "wild bull."
The following is a longer excerpt of the op-ed praising Hezbollah's attack:
Op-ed by Adli Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for the official PA daily Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida:
"Hezbollah's operation (i.e., shooting of missiles) at Sheba Farms [in Northern Israel] has shortened the distance between [its] promise to respond in the right place and time and the actual response. The most important aspect of this resistance operation was the fact that it put the quarrelsome ones (i.e., Israel) into a state of unrest, for [it showed them that] not every bombing produces harmless results, and not every escalation is free of consequences or considerations to be taken by the aggressors (i.e., Israelis).
This is Lebanon standing in front of them, with all its factions, and if they want escalation, all Lebanese will unite against the aggression, and the different political parties will cease attacking each other.
In addition, no one in the Arab world will be able to profess his friendship with those addicted to carrying out bloody attacks against all their neighbors (i.e., Israel), since their daily actions would convince all the Arabs, despite their [internal] conflicts and disagreements, that whoever fails to oppose these rampant villains, within the possible constraints, deserves to be isolated. Furthermore, even those Arabs who present themselves as moderate and as supporters of peace will sooner or later find themselves wishing that this wild bull be contained...
The Palestinians followed the developments of yesterday's event together, full of hope that the resistance fighters (i.e. Hezbollah) would capture Israeli soldiers and would hold them in order to exchange them [for Palestinian prisoners], thereby breaking Israel's inflexibility regarding the prisoners' issue and forcing it to free them all...
We have waited long for this occupation to be deterred, even if only by a part of the manliness of this nation's youth. Yet our situation requires the political, intellectual and media circles to act diligently to end the Arab society's feelings of helplessness, and to help it recognize this nation's power and abilities….
We do not deny our joy at the fact that this quarrelsome occupation received a limited response, the minimal response on Hezbollah's part. The occupiers thought that no one would dare fire at them, but from now on they will think twice before embarking on a ‘joyride' war against Lebanon. And they have already understood that if they do, they will suffer exactly as the Lebanese!" [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2015]