Marki Megirah, commander of the emergency response team in Shlomi, told Arutz-7 today that Israel must retaliate strongly against Hizbullah for its murder of teenager Haviv Dadon yesterday and other recent attacks:
"I'm not looking for revenge; it's just that a country that loves life, simply cannot live constantly on the defensive. If there's no quiet in Shlomi and Kiryat Shmonah, then there can't be quiet in Tyre or Beirut or Sidon. That's the only way. It can't be that we refrain from taking action because of fear that Hizbullah will attack [our oil refineries in Haifa]. If Israel allows Hizbullah to fire more than even two volleys, then it's our fault - not Hizbullah's... Instead of empty declarations and words such as, 'We will hold Syria responsible,' we have to act. If it's Syria, then we have to bomb Damascus - just as when Turkey threatened Syria, and the Syrians backed off..."
"What angers me," Megirah continued, "is our distorted approach. Instead of deterring, we are deterred; instead of chasing, we allow ourselves to be chased. We're the only country in the world that builds a fence before it starts building a new community. We can't just keep on building defenses; what's next, we'll start walking around with anti-shrapnel umbrellas?!"
On the other hand, Voice of Israel interviewed a Shlomi resident who said that "it would be easy to retaliate," but that "we need not act rashly" and "we must think before acting."