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Originally posted by Nygdan
What does it matter if the US house 'condems' hezbollah?
There's war on the ground, the political bickering is meaningless. Let the politicians entertain themselves with this topic as long as it suits them.
Originally posted by ceci2006
1)Both sides should sit down and discuss this out. Hezbollah and Hamas, although considered terrorists, are fighting for a reason. Their concerns should be heard at least when dealing with their animus against Israel. Israel, although probably through with negotiating, should reconsider their tactics of "shock and awe". Both sides should have a neutral place, supplied by the UN to hash this dispute out.
Originally quoted by Crakeur
Hezbollah and Hamas want the destruction of Israel. What is Israel supposed to want in return? Not destruction?
Hezbollah or Hizbollah/Hizbullah or Hezb'Allah (Arabic, meaning Party of God) is a Lebanese Shia Islamic group and political party, with a military arm and a civilian arm, founded in 1982 to fight the Israeli Defense Forces who occupied southern Lebanon until the year 2000.  Its leader is Hassan Nasrallah.
Throughout most of the Arab and Muslim worlds, Hezbollah is highly regarded as a legitimate resistance movement.  and is a recognized political party in Lebanon, where it has participated in government. The civilian wing participates in the Parliament of Lebanon, taking 18% of the seats (23 out of 128) and the bloc it forms with others, the "Resistance and Development Bloc", 27.3% (see Lebanese general election, 2005). It is a minority partner in the current Cabinet. The civilian wing also runs hospitals, news services, and educational facilities. Its Reconstruction Campaign (Jihad al-Bina) is responsible for numerous economic and infrastructural development projects in Lebanon.
Hamas (Arabic: Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya or "Islamic Resistance Movement") is a Palestinian Sunni Islamist organization that currently forms the democratically elected government of the Palestinian people. It is listed as a terrorist organization by Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Israel, and the United States, and is banned in Jordan, while others consider it to be an independence movement.
Hamas won 74 of 132 seats in the January 2006 Palestinian legislative election and is now the majority party of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Its vehemently anti-Israeli rhetoric has found a receptive audience amongst Palestinians, some of whom perceived the preceding Fatah government as corrupt and ineffective. Hamas has also established an extensive network of welfare programs throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, further adding to its popularity. Since Hamas took control, the Palestinian territories have experienced a period of sharp internal conflicts, known as Fauda, in which many Palestinians were killed in internecine fighting.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was consulting with leaders and foreign ministers in the region and plans to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan today. On Friday, she is expected to meet with a U.N. team that just returned from the region.
"She'll integrate what she hears into her thinking about the diplomatic way forward," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Wednesday.
So far, however, the White House's decision not to step in to halt the escalating battle between Israel and Hezbollah is a sharp departure from six decades of U.S.-Middle East diplomacy.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
I agree with the poster above. Condemn them for starting this war, Condemn Syria and Iran for funding and arming Hezbollah and condemn N Korea for their missle testing. Condemn them all and then pass sanctions against them.
U.S. shifts focus on Mideast policy
White House's decision to stay out of Hezbollah, Israel conflict a departure from six decades of U.S.-Middle East diplomacy