ZAHN: The Lebanese prime minister today basically accused Israel of holding his country hostage. He fiercely attacked Israel, saying, so far, that 300 people have been killed, most of them civilians, 1,000 have been wounded, and a half million people displaced. Is there at any point in this process of trying to wipe out Hezbollah's rocket arsenal that the price is simply too high a price to pay?
NETANYAHU: I have a real problem with body counts. On the basis of body counts, who's had more civilian deaths, the Nazis were right and the allies were wrong. Because the number of German civilian casualties in World War II far exceeded American and British casualties. The rocketing of London precipitated very powerful responses. I wouldn't call Churchill a war criminal or Britain in the wrong when it responded to the V-2 rockets that reigned on London. So this whole notion is a bogus notion. In fact, if we're going to have any possibility, any sense of right and wrong in international affairs and international law, then I think the blame should be placed squarely where it belongs, right on the heads of Hezbollah and their Syrian and Iranian sponsors.
As far as I'm concerned, Netanyahu and his supporters are the ideological equivalent of Hezbollah, with better makeup to appear more "civilized". I'm convinced, this extremist would have no qualms simply physically removing every non-Jew from within 500 miles of Tel Aviv. Important to remember that this man was democratically elected, as was the debatable war criminal Ariel Sharon. Did the world cry foul and shun an entire people when this religious crackpot with no sense of compassion was in charge? Extremism is alive and well, on both sides.
I don't mean to suggest Netanyahu advocates genocide (as accused of elsewhere), merely that his stance on settlements seems to endorse the idea of "breathing space", at the expense of the true tenants.