Like any other country, Israel has the right and the obligation to defend her citizens from attack no matter what the circumstance.

In this case, Israel has fallen victim to violent, premeditated attacks launched for political gain.  At a press conference in Beirut on Wednesday, Hezbollah's leader bragged that the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers had been in the works for five months, and was intended to force Israel's hand in releasing convicted and suspected terrorists from prison.

Israel will not bow to brutality, nor should she be expected to do so.  Her only option is to move swiftly and judiciously to neutralize the terrorist elements carrying out these attacks.