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Lebanon: The Fuse for Armageddon

Lebanon: The Fuse for Armageddon

Just end the occupation of the West Bank, say the Arabs, and we will guarantee Israel peace. Lebanon proves otherwise.


If you want to know where the Israeli-Palestinian war is going, watch Lebanon. If the war goes -- literally -- ballistic, the fuse will have been lit by the Iran-backed Hezbollah guerrillas now firing rockets into Israel from Lebanon.

But did Israel not withdraw from Lebanon almost two years ago? Why is there still a problem with Lebanon?

Indeed, Israel had been in Lebanon for about 20 years. It was a classic defensive occupation. Israel laid claim to not an inch of Lebanese soil. It diverted not a drop of water. It had no interest in staying. It was in there for one reason: to protect Israel's northern frontier from various guerrillas -- first Yasser Arafat's PLO, then the Lebanese Shiite Party of God (Hezbollah) -- using south Lebanon to attack Israel.

Yet for two decades, Israel was hectored to comply with U.N. resolutions demanding Israel's withdrawal. In May 2000, it complied. To ensure that there could be no possible residual territorial dispute, Israel asked the United Nations to draw the line demarcating the true Israeli-Lebanese border -- the so-called Blue Line -- then pulled back behind it.

Israel's reward?

Hezbollah was not mollified. While its ostensible mission was the liberation of Lebanese territory, it did not disband. On the contrary. It occupied south Lebanon, imported huge new supplies of weapons from Iran and began sporadic cross-border attacks on Israel.

Hezbollah has killed Israeli soldiers situated in Israeli territory. It kidnapped three soldiers who have never been seen since. Just one month ago, infiltrators from the Hezbollah territory shot and killed seven Israelis on a road in northern Israel. And now, since the end of March, Hezbollah has embarked on a serious and deadly escalation, firing rockets into Israel.

Hezbollah is armed with 8,000 Katyusha rockets. Practically all of northern Israel lies under its guns. They are ready for firing. Hezbollah's spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, threatened to hit Haifa with Katyusha rockets if Israel dared to respond to Hezbollah attacks.

Were that to happen, the northern front would explode. Israel has been sending urgent messages through the United Nations and the United States that it would not tolerate such aggression. It would be forced to counterattack -- on Lebanon, on Syrian army positions in Lebanon and possibly on Syria itself, Syria being Hezbollah's boss and patron.

Syria could not withstand such an Israeli attack conventionally. It might then launch its missiles equipped with chemical weapons into Israeli cities. And that could trigger Armageddon. Israel was established so that never again would the gassing of Jews be permitted.

Not only, therefore, is Lebanon the most dangerous piece of tinder in the region. It is the most instructive. The Arabs claim that their grievance is Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Give it back and you'll have land for peace. Like the Lebanon peace?

Western observers totally missed the irony of the Arab summit whose "Saudi peace plan" ostensibly offered Israel peace in return for full territorial withdrawal. The offer was made in Beirut, capital of a country from which Israel had done precisely that -- fully withdraw -- and received in return a more entrenched, emboldened, heavily armed enemy ready to trigger a general war.

The Arab League endorses a totally fabricated, post-withdrawal Lebanese land claim that even the United Nations rejects because it serves as an excuse for continuing the war against Israel.

It gets better. To justify carrying on the war after Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah concocted a territorial claim on a few acres called the Shebaa Farms. Hezbollah says it is Lebanese territory, and therefore occupied -- a position contrary to the internationally sanctioned Blue Line drawn by the United Nations, hardly a partisan of Israel.

What is the Arab League position on all this? Few Western observers actually read the Saudi peace plan adopted by the Arab League. If they had, they would have seen that the plan demands not just the usual withdrawal from Palestinian and Syrian territory but also from "remaining occupied Lebanese territories."

But there are no remaining occupied Lebanese territories. Thus the Arab League, in precisely the same document -- no, the same breath -- in which it ostensibly offers land for peace, endorses a totally fabricated, post-withdrawal Lebanese land claim that even the United Nations rejects. Why? Because it serves as an excuse for continuing the war against Israel.

Just end the occupation of the West Bank, say the Arabs, and we will guarantee Israel peace. Do you want to see Israel's future if it caves in to that demand? Look at Lebanon, where Israel gave up a defensive occupation and is now looking squarely in the face of Armageddon.


April 20, 2002

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(3) jeff pomykala, May 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Rebuttal to, 5/2/2002

Who's ignorance? Your statements show the ignorance to be yours. Israel has pulled back from Lebanon, behind the lines drawn by the U.N. If you have a problem with the U.N. lines, maybe now you know how Israel feels when it comes to disputed territory. You state that since the Hezbollah is Iranian that somehow, in your mind, means there was no justification for Israel to invade Lebanon. That is pretty lame thinking, my friend. Hezbollah certainly operated out of Lebanon through either the Lebanese governments overt or tacit approval -- there is NO WAY they could have operated out of Lebanon without Lebanon's consent. And since the Hezbollah attacks on Israeli CIVILIANS were coming from Lebanon, invasion was certainly justified. Any problems caused by factions within Lebanon fighting amongst themselves (gee, that's a surprise!~) after the invasion is NOT Israel's fault. As for Israeli's right to exist as a state - I suppose by your thinking, that the surrounding Arab nations also should not be - after all most of them only precede the state of Israel by 10-40 years. Truth is ALL the surrounding nations were CREATED after the fall of the Ottoman empire -- YOU were given nationhood by Europe. The PROBLEM is that you refuse Israel this same right of existance. Truth is also the Elder Jews (as you state) also know that many of the Arab nations, for all there initial hospitality - quickly changed there tunes and IMMEDIATELY declared war the very day Israel proclaimed herself a state. And the 600,000 Jews in all those "hospitable" Arab countries quickly found themselves kicked out without their possessions and with no compensation whatsover for their lost belongings - totaling in the mega-millions. Israel took them all in and helped them to prosper. The Arab refugees (now called "palestinians") were TOLD to flee the new-born Israel by the invading Arab armies to make room for the Arabs to destroy Israel - all the while proclaiming "allah" would give them victory. They figured once they destroyed Israel the displaced Arabs could go back. Unfortunately for them, since G-d ISN'T on their side -- they LOST! (if "allah" were a real god wouldn't you have won the first time??). Now we have the palestinian issue - an issue kept burning because of Arab blindness and lack of REAL compassion for their own people. Jordan ruled the West Bank for almost 20 years. What did the Arabs do for their own people? NOTHING. Arafat has "led" his people for the last 8 years, recieving MILLIONS in aid and what did he do for his people? NOTHING - except to create his police/army and buy explosives so the Arabs can sacrifice their children to Baal. Truth is, Arabic blind hatred for Israel and her right to exist, and Arabic inability to "help their own" is the root of the whole of the palestinian issue. If you all weren't so blind in your resolve to destroy Israel - you would have helped the "refugees"(PAWNS) long ago.
I could go on -- but it seems it's useless to try to talk truth and sense with a brainwashed Arab. Got problems in Lebanon? GO HOME and work towards FIXING them! Of course, take care - because if you talk of peace, tolerance and freedom (The things that Democracies like America and Israel espouse and that you NEVER hear about from the militant totalitarian dictatorships of the Arabic world) -- they will kill you. The only way for you to survive over there is to vehemently hate Israel and work towards her destruction - may G-d have mercy on your soul.

(2) Lebanese Forever, May 2, 2002 12:00 AM

your ignorance makes me sick

no lebanese land occupied??? What do you call mazare3 sheb3a? anyway, Israel has no rights to exist & your government knows that its attacks on lebanon weren't by self-defence.. as you said hezbollah is an Iranian organization, & Lebanon has nothing to do with this. Therefore Israel's attacks on Lebanon were not & will never be justified. My country suffered a lot because of this state, & it's ignorant statements like the ones on this website that make the situation even worst. Get more info before you back-up Israel, nor the Bible or the Koran or even the Torah backs up this state... & yet it's only excuse to exist is religious. Don't you find this sad?
& anyway Israel has no excuse to break the 6th commandement since it's supposed to hide behind religion to justify itself.
The elder jews know about the arab countries' hospitality when they were mistreated all over the world... & what did we get in return?
Thank you.

(1) Moshe Jacknin, April 26, 2002 12:00 AM

Very interesting and informative article.

Very interesting and informative article.

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