The leaders of Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia could hardly contain their excitement this week after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert solemnly declared at Sunday's cabinet meeting that the vision of "Greater Israel" is no longer viable.
Speaking to supporters in Beirut on Tuesday, Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said that it was his group's perceived successes in Israel's 2000 withdrawal from southern Lebanon and in the 2006 Second Lebanon War that had "pounded the last nail in the coffin of 'Greater Israel'".
Nasrallah said that in the first few decades following its modern rebirth, Israel was strong, and able to force its will upon the region. But with its failures in Lebanon, its decision to retreat from the Gaza Strip and now Olmert's announcement that Judea and Samaria must be surrendered, Israel is today no longer strong and is ripe for conquest, insisted the Hizballah leader.
Nasrallah predicted that very soon the concessions Israel is making in its biblical heartland will lead to the complete fall of the Jewish state and its replacement with a Muslim Palestinian Arab state.