The State of Engel

With Condoleezza Rice pressing for a cease-fire and a particularly high weekly toll in civilian casualties, we asked Congressman Eliot Engel — one of the more vocal politicians urging strong support for Israel’s actions on “the frontline of terror” — whether his attitude had evolved at all since the beginning of hostilities.

Here was Engel’s emailed reponse to our question:

“I believe there should be a cease-fire but only after it can be guaranteed that Hezbollah will not be able to threaten Israel from South Lebanon. The international forces should be deployed to keep Hezbollah out of Southern Lebanon.”

Sounds like a yes, sort of.

–Jason Horowitz