I had (and have) serious reservations about this comparison. I, also, do not (God forbid!) equate our children (friends and neighbors) in the IDF with viri Legionis X Fretensis, who laid waste Jerusalem.
However, there is no doubt that there is a sense of exile hanging over the land, as its cheer leaders chant 'HEP HEP' ("Hierosolyma est perdita").
Update: Now Maariv has gotten in on the act.