I surfed over to Ha'aretz yesterday to read some of the stuff on Israel's moderate daily. One thing I found a little startling: one op-ed piece (How good it feels to be seen in a just war) believed that this was a golden opportunity for Israel because there is almost unanimous international support. Maybe in the West. Hardly elsewhere in West Asia (though there isn't the level of outrage that one would have expected). In India, the reaction is a bit schizophrenic. At one level is a very popular sentiment: look how Israel responds to terrorists! It takes care of its citizens. We should do the same with Pakistan. An admiration for Israeli belligerence and machismo. And at the official level, as well as in the generally anti-American intelligentsia: there goes Israel again. How dare they! The news coverage is almost exclusively about the civilian casualies in Lebanon, with hardly a mention about the shelling of Haifa and northern Israel.
Last night on NDTV the Minister of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma and the Israeli ambassador to India were questioned on the bombings. The anchor was trying to be a little too clever in trying to make a clear link between the Bombay attacks and what's going on in West Asia. The Israeli ambassador laid the blame for civilian casualities squarely on the shoulders of Hezbollah: they're using them as human shields. It's their fault. The diplomatic correspondent of The Hindu made a point, which seems to be pretty common here, that the Israeli response seems disproportionate. That Hezbollah is pretty much out of the control of the Lebanese government.
India has nearly 12,000 nationals in Lebanon who're being evacuated.
Anyway. I have no expert analysis to add. I tend to be sympathetic towards Israel. The view from Beirut, however, is horrific.