Lebanon submitted a complaint to the Security Council late Wednesday after Israeli occupation forces kidnapped Lebanese shepherd Hassan Zahra from a border town earlier this week.
Through Lebanon’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Amal Mudallali filed the complaint regarding the repeated Israeli violations against Lebanon’s sovereignty, National News Agency reported.
Ambassador Mudallali raised the complaint to both Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antَnio Guterres, and Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations and President of the Security Council, Ambassador Tarek Ladeb.
Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli occupation forces kidnaped Zahra from Mazraet Bastara in Kfarshouba.
Playing Deus ex machina, President Macron came to distribute the good and bad points to the Lebanese leaders.
Sure of his superiority, he said he was ashamed of the behavior of this political class.
But all this is just a bad play. Underhandedly, he is trying to destroy the Resistance and to transform the country into a tax haven.
Completing the implementation of Resolution 1559  today means disarming Hezbollah and transforming it into a simple political party, as corrupt by Westerners as the others.
Let us recall, moreover, that when France established secular institutions, it immediately deprived all its colonies of them, considering that religion was the only way to pacify the peoples it controlled.
Lebanon is the only country in the world where a Shiite mullah, a Sunni mufti and a Christian patriarch can impose their views on political parties.
President Macron’s repeated attacks against Hezbollah are precisely in line with my hypothesis: the ultimate goal of the West is to destroy the Resistance and transform Hezbollah into a party as corrupt as the others.
Indeed, according to Emmanuel Macron, the current Hezbollah is at the same time a “militia”, a “terrorist organization” and a political party.
Yet, as we have seen, it is in reality both the first non-governmental army dedicated to the struggle against imperialism and a political party representing the Shiite community.
It has never been responsible for terrorist actions abroad. According to Macron, it has created “a climate of terror”, inhibiting other political formations.
However, Hezbollah has never used its gigantic arsenal against its Lebanese rivals.
The brief war of 2008 did not pit it against the Sunnis and Druze, but against those who housed spy centers of foreign powers (notably in the archive premises of FuturTV).
For those who observe precisely what is happening, France is not honest in its concern for Lebanon.
Thus, President Macron’s trips had been preceded by the circulation of a petition calling on France to restore its mandate over Lebanon, that is to say, to recolonize it.
It was quickly established that this spontaneous petition was an initiative of the French secret service.
Or that the French president’s second trip was the centennial of the proclamation of Greater Lebanon by General Henri Gouraud, leader of the French Colonial Party.
It is not very difficult to understand what France hopes to get in return for its action against the Resistance.
Israel in general does not help anyone. When they occasionally do it’s strictly for PR purposes. Israel is strictly opportunistic, installed by world vulture Rothschild. Israel is an arm of imperialism, not a Jewish state or a safe haven for Jews. Jews were the first to be sacrificed in the creation of “Israel” and they continue to be sacrificed through false flags to blame “Israel’s” so called enemies.
Hezbollah has arms and fighters because there is a pressing and urgent need to defend Lebanon against Israel’s military invasions and incursions.
The massive explosion which devastated Beirut earlier this month was nothing short of a catastrophe.
Some 220 people lost their lives and, according to the BBC, as many as 300,000 people are now homeless as a result.
This is a devastating blow from which it will take Lebanon’s capital city a long time, probably years, to recover.
Among the most nauseating of responses to the blast was seeing representatives of the state of Israel sending “condolences” and fake offers of humanitarian assistance.
As my colleague at The Electronic Intifada,Tamara Nasser, put it: “Israel, the destroyer of Lebanon was attempting to pose as its savior.”
This ghastly vision was utterly contemptible for anyone who knows the history of Israeli involvement in Lebanon.
Israel, the Imperialist military outpost is not designed to assist the world in good.
The Zionist state has left a long, bloody trail of dead bodies, displaced people and shattered lives, having invaded its northern neighbor many times since the settler-colonial entity established itself — upon the mass graves of Palestinians — in 1948.
In the 1950s, Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, secretly articulated plans to occupy Lebanon by force and transform it into a puppet sectarian state ruled as a Christian supremacist entity in alliance with Israel, the Jewish supremacist entity.
In order to meddle in and stoke the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), Israel armed, trained and supplied puppet Christian Maronite militias in Lebanon, including the brutal sectarian Lebanese
Forces led by Bashir Gemayel. In 1978, Israel invaded directly in order to attack the Palestine Liberation Organization, occupying much of South Lebanon.
Israeli forces were soon forced out after stiff resistance by Palestinian fighters, but they soon headed back across their northern border.
In 1982, Israel carried out a full scale invasion of Lebanon in an attempt to crush the PLO’s military, political and cultural presence once and for all.
The Siege of Beirut 1982
More than 20,000 Lebanese and Palestinian people were killed during this brutally aggressive war, including as many as 3,000 Palestinian refugees who were butchered by Israel’s Maronite allies in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps under the watchful eye of Israeli troops, who fired flares into the night sky to light the militia’s way.
Minister of Defence, later Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, was found by an Israeli Commission of Inquiry to have “personal responsibility” for allowing this massacre to take place.
The Israelis reached and laid siege to Beirut, before being pushed back by stiff resistance and diplomatic pressure.
However, South Lebanon remained illegally occupied by Israel until 2000, when the Lebanese resistance led by Hezbollah drove its forces out once and for all.
Butcher of Beirut
Nevertheless, in 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon yet again, and another 2,000 people were killed in the massive offensive.
Hezbollah succeeded in driving the Israeli troops out of Lebanon once more, but the country was again devastated.
Since then, Israel has carried out almost daily border violations, including fly-overs with drones and warplanes.
Israeli politicians frequently threaten to bomb Lebanon “back to the Stone Age”, kill civilians and systematically eradicate the country’s civilian infrastructure, all of which are classed as war crimes.
On top of all of this, Israel’s spy agencies have now been planting stories in the international media pushing the dubious and unproven conspiracy theory that the explosion in Beirut this month was caused by Hezbollah.
As investigative journalist Gareth Porter explains in his most recent article: “Israeli officials have exploited the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut this August to revive a dormant propaganda campaign that had accused the Lebanese militia and political party Hezbollah of storing ammonium nitrate in several countries to wage terror attacks on Israelis.”
Israeli spy agencies, wrote Porter, have “planted a series of stories from 2012 to 2019 claiming Hezbollah sought out ammonium nitrate as the explosive of choice for terrorist operations.
According to the narrative, Hezbollah planned to covertly store the explosive substance in locations from Southeast Asia to Europe and the US — only to be foiled repeatedly by Mossad.”
There is a slight problem with this Israeli narrative: none of it seems to be true.
“In each one of those cases, however, the factual record either contradicted the Israeli claims or revealed a complete dearth of evidence,” insisted Porter, whose entire article is well worth reading.
In the wake of the Beirut explosion, global and regional powers – the US and Israel first among them – are exploiting the febrile atmosphere in the country, and the understandable anger of the Lebanese people at their politicians, in order to push for Hezbollah to disarm. This is a longstanding goal in any case.
Israel is not designed to ‘help’ or aid anyone…it is an opportunist in every given case. Israel is one of the vultures..
However, as veteran Palestinian journalist and commentator Abdel Bari Atwan wrote recently, “Like the Syrian regime, Hezbollah will prove impervious to pressure to disarm or exit the political scene.”
Hezbollah has arms and fighters because there is a pressing and urgent need to defend Lebanon against Israel’s military invasions and incursions.
This is something that the Lebanese army simply cannot do.
Only a couple of weeks before the Beirut explosion, Israel’s highly undiplomatic Ambassador to the United Nations made a thinly veiled threat to destroy the very same port that was devastated by the blast during his country’s next war with Lebanon.
Moreover, Moshe Feiglin, the appalling former deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, reacted with obvious joy to the deadly blast, calling it a “spectacular pyrotechnics show” and a “wonderful celebration”.
The israeli occupiers insist on recognition of it’s right to exist on top of Palestine, and who complains is an enemy and “anti-semite.” According to israeli regimes on down the line, it is the only state in the region with sovereignty. Resistance is met militarily.
Lebanese Defense Minister Zeina Akar voiced on Saturday keenness to defend the country’s rights and sovereignty against Israeli threats.
In an interview with Al-Ahed News, Akar said that the Zionist entity doesn’t respect international resolutions and repeatedly violates Lebanon’s sovereignty.
These violations are “unacceptable and should be condemned. There should be clear stance regarding that,” the minister, who is also deputy PM, said.
On July War in 2006, Akar said Lebanese Army, Resistance and civilians scarified their selves to defend Lebanon.
“Lebanon is keen to defend its rights and sovereignty against Israeli violations and threats.”
israel is insane.
IDF soldiers spotted & monitored a drone infiltrating Israeli airspace from #Lebanon earlier this evening.
We will continue to operate to stop any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty.
On the other hand, she called on Lebanese powers to stand united in a bid to save Lebanon from poverty and hunger.*
BEIRUT: There have been over 1,000 Israeli violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by land, sea and air over the last five months, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Wednesday, highlighting the importance of UNIFIL’s continued presence in the south.
“In the year 2020, the total violations reached 374 on land, 386 at sea over the last five months alone, and 250 in the air over the last four months,” Diab said, speaking at a meeting with the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Diab said that in 2019 alone, there were 2,551 Israeli violations on Lebanon’s sovereignty by land, sea and air.
“Over the past 14 years, since the implementation of Resolution 1701, the United Nations forces have registered tens of thousands of Israeli attacks on Lebanon,” Diab said, adding that Lebanon meanwhile has shown “the highest level of Lebanese commitment to the decision.”
In this light, Diab stressed that the presence of UNIFIL’s forces “is today a necessity to prevent tension and to avoid any danger looming at the border as a result of escalating Israeli violations of Resolution 1701.”
At 0420 hours on 5 October 2003 eight Israeli military aircraft entered Lebanese airspace from the sea, six of them from off Shikka and two from off Batrun.
They all flew east as far as the Baalbek region and from there towards the south, thus violating Lebanese airspace.
Between 1085 and 1150 hours on 8 October 2003 two Israeli military aircraft flew north over the Kafr Killa region, breaking the sound barrier over the city of Beirut and flying as far as Al-Arz (the Cedars).
They were then followed by two military aircraft flying east over the sea off Byblos. The four aircraft circled over Shikka and the Cedars, then flew south. They thus violated Lebanese airspace.
Between 1945 hours and 0240 hours on the night of 8 to 9 October 2003 an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew from 12 miles out at sea off the mouth of the Zahrani River to the town of Jazzin and from there to Baruk Mountain, over which it circled, then north to the Dahr al-Baydar area, over which it also circled.
At 0209 hours the said aircraft disappeared from the radar screen, then reappeared over the Damur area and flew back towards the south. It thus violated Lebanese airspace.
Between 0155 and 0800 hours on 9 October 2003 an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew east over the sea opposite the Zahrani River area, proceeded to the Dahr al-Baydar area and then headed towards the sea in the vicinity of Damur, thus violating Lebanese airspace.
Between 0700 and 1404 hours on the same day, an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Zahrani River area in an easterly direction and circled over the regions of Baruk Mountain, Dahr al-Baydar, Chtaura and Jubb Jannin, thus violating Lebanese airspace.
Between 1630 and 2320 hours on the same day an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew in an easterly direction over the Damur area, proceeded to Baruk and circled over the area between Baruk and Dahr al-Baydar, then proceeded to the Majdal Anjar area and circled over Barr Elias, thus violating Lebanese airspace.
Between 2140 and 0415 hours on the night of 9 to 10 October 2003 an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Bint Jubayl area in a northerly direction to the Iqlim al-Kharrub region, circled over it and proceeded north 5 miles east of Damur and disappeared from the radar screen.
It then reappeared heading east over the sea off Damur at a distance of four miles from the coast, flew to the Dahr al-Baydar area, headed west and once again disappeared from the radar screen.
It next appeared five miles west of Sidon heading in an easterly direction and proceeded to Dahr al-Baydar, then flew towards the Baabda and Beirut areas, where it circled at an altitude of 300 feet, then circled over the Na`imah and Damur areas. It thus violated Lebanese airspace.
Between 0335 and 0720 hours on 10 October 2003 an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew north over the sea off Sidon at a distance of 11 miles from the coast, reaching the coast at Damur, whereupon it circled over the coast between Beirut and Na`imah, disappearing from the radar screen at a distance of four miles from the coast off Na`imah and Damur and reappearing over the sea off Damur at a distance of 10 miles from the coast, heading south. It thus violated Lebanese airspace.
Between 0638 and 1120 hours on the same day an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew north over the sea opposite the Naqurah area at an altitude of 35,000 feet, circling over the Na`imah and Damur areas.
It then headed north to Ra’s Beirut, circled over Ra’s Beirut and the United States Embassy in Awkar and proceeded to an area east of Sidon. It also circled over the Hazimiyah, Awkar and Ra’s Beirut areas. It thus violated Lebanese airspace.
Between 1035 and 1815 hours on the same day, an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew north over the sea 10 miles off Tyre and made a circle between Jounieh and Khaldah, thus violating Lebanese airspace.
Between 1815 and 2215 hours on the same day a reconnaissance aircraft flew over the sea in a northerly direction off Naqurah at a distance of 10 miles from the coast and made a circle between Khaldah and Jounieh at a distance of five miles over the mainland, thus violating Lebanese airspace.
Violations of territorial waters
At 2210 hours on 5 October 2003, in the open sea off Ra’s Naqurah, an Israeli military boat fired a flare bomb over the water.
At 1050 hours on 6 October 2003, in the open sea off Ra’s Naqurah, an Israeli military boat fired a number of rounds from medium-sized guns over the water.
At 2244 hours on 8 October 2003, an Israeli military boat fired a flare bomb over the water in the open sea off Ra’s Naqurah.
At 1230 hours on 9 October 2003 an Israeli military boat fired a number of rounds from medium-sized guns in the open sea off Ra’s Naqurah.
Between 1715 and 2105 hours on 10 October 2003 an Israeli military boat fired a flare bomb and a number of machine-gun rounds in the open sea off Ra’s Naqurah.
At 0730 hours on 11 October 2003 an Israeli military boat fired a number of rounds from medium-sized weapons in the direction of occupied Palestinian territorial waters off Ra’s Naqurah.
Acts of aggression in the field
At 1729 hours on 6 October 2003, Israeli enemy forces fired a number of rounds from various machine guns from an orchard in the occupied territory opposite the Kafr Killa-Udaysah road in the direction of the said road, causing material damage to passing vehicles, including a vehicle belonging to the international interim force, though no human losses resulted.
These acts of aggression reaffirm Israel’s hostile attitude, and the nature and number of these unjustified and inexcusable violations and acts of aggression confirm Israel’s premeditated intent to threaten and provoke and to disrupt security and stability in order to serve its aggressive, expansionist objectives throughout the region.
The Mission of Lebanon, in drawing the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the gravity and possible consequences of such acts of aggression, requests to have this letter of complaint circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 37, and of the Security Council.
For decades, a conflict has raged on the border of occupied Palestine and Lebanon, where “israel” illegally occupies a large section of Lebanese territory. Civilians have been the principal targets and victims in this conflict.
The most frequent breaches are overflights by Israeli war planes and drones; such violations have occurred since the inception of the Israeli–Lebanese conflict, and have happened continuously and almost daily since the 2006 Lebanon war, being the source of much conflict between Lebanon and Israel.
Israeli warplanes sometimes stage mock attacks on Lebanese cities, and emit sonic booms that frighten civilians.
The 2006 Second Lebanon War killed 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
In 2007 the Lebanese government complained that Israeli planes had flown into Lebanese airspace 290 times within four months, and that Israeli troops had crossed the border 52 times.
In 2006 French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie stated: “I remind that the violations of the airspace are extremely dangerous, they are dangerous first because they may be felt as hostile by forces of the coalition that could be brought to retaliate in cases of self defense and it would be a very serious incident.”
IDF terrorist soldiers at Lebanon border take time for Hanukkah celebration
US officials on visit in Israel also demanded that Israel stop the overflights since they undermined the standing of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
On 19 August 2010, the Lebanese military reported that 12 aircraft belonging to the IDF entered into Lebanese territory, which they claim is a violation of Resolution 1701. In the three incidents, the IDF planes made circle maneuvers, fired no shots and left Lebanese airspace soon after.
The UN has continuously protested the repeated Israeli overflights. Lebanese officials fear the escalation in overflights heighten tensions and could lead to war.
Israel rejects such criticism, and claim the overflights are necessary. In spite of this, a leaked US cable shows that Israel offered to stop such violations.
On land, the Blue Line is often crossed, as well as incursions into the Shebaa Farms (which Israel imagines Israeli territory as part of Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967, but it is legally Lebanese territory).
At sea, Israeli gunboats have shot into Lebanese territorial waters, and there have been Lebanese claims that Israel is breaching the law of the sea and might lay claim on Lebanese natural resources through the Tamar gas field.
Hezbollah uses such violations as justification for the legimitacy of their continued armed resistance against Israel.
Abbas, a chubby young boy, sat on the side of narrow village road, held his injured mother’s hand and wept. “Don’t leave me mother, don’t go don’t go.”. “Take care of your brothers and sisters.” The mother moaned softly, as her eyes closed leaving two white slits. A shrapnel had cut into her chest and almost severed her right arm. Blood stained mother and child. Abbas, his mother, brother, aunts and a grandmother, 18 in total, were cramped inside a small white minivan, fleeing their village in south Lebanon when an Israeli rocket pierced the roof of the car. Now the survivors were scattered on the road or in the shadow of a building crying, while Inside the van lay the headless corpse of an uncle, a dead grandmother and a neighbour. “Why are you leaving me,” Abbas started yelling at his mother, as her arm fell on the ground, He buried his face in his hands and wept, his brother, 12 year old Ali, stood on the other side of the mother, his hand bandaged and eyes staring into the horizon as a Lebanese Red Cross than started helping the survivors. TYRE, LEBANON – JULY 23: An injured Lebanese boy holds his mothers hand after a rocket from an Israeli aircraft hit their van as they fled their village July 23, 2006 in Tyre, Lebanon. According to reports, at least 130 people have died in Tyre since the begining of the airstrikes. (Photo by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/Getty Images)
Hezbollah is a defender against Israel as is Hamas in Gaza, which is why Israel is always attacking them. No one in the M.E. is allowed to defend themselves against Israel, including Iran.
Litani River, Lebanon
In March 1978 Israel invaded Lebanon, an invasion dreamt up years before.
WHEN CHAIM WEIZMANN and David Ben-Gurion attended the 1919 Paris Peace Conference ending World War I, they presented a map containing the boundaries of their hoped-for Jewish state. The map included what is now Lebanon’s Litani River.
While the two had achieved great success in international geopolitics, they had failed to garner the Litani for Israel. The reason for their failure was the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1915, under which Britain and France already had fixed the border between Lebanon and Palestine. At France’s insistence, Sykes-Picot was upheld at the Paris conference, and the Litani went to Lebanon.
Israel dubbed its March 14, 1978 invasion of southern Lebanon “Operation Litani,” with the stated objective of clearing out Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) bases south of the Litani River in order to secure northern Israel. Its 1982 invasion of Lebanon had the added goal of gaining access to the waters of the Litani.
To end the Israeli siege of Beirut, the PLO was rapidly evacuated to Tunisia, and Israel eventually retreated from the Lebanese capital. Yet it never fully withdrew from southern Lebanon until 2000, under pressure from Hezbollah—and 22 years after being ordered to do so by U.N. Security Council Resolution 425.
This water source had been coveted since the enterprise of a homeland for Jews was conceived. Chaim Weizman, then head of the World Zionist Organisation and later Israel’s first President, wrote British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1919, calling for the boundaries of the new Jewish national home to extend 25 miles north of the Litani river, inside Lebanon. Amongst other demands his letter asked that:
“the water supply must mainly be derived from the slopes of Mount Hermon, from the headwaters of the Jordan and from the Litani river [of Lebanon]… [We] consider it essential that the Northern Frontier of Palestine should include the Valley of the Litani, for a distance of 25 miles above the bend…”
But the mandate powers, France and Britain, would not redraw the map extending the borders of Palestine into South Lebanon. Between the months of March and June 1978, Israel’s Operation Litani killed more than a thousand civilians, according to the records of local hospitals and the International Committee for the Red Cross. When Israel withdrew from its positions in June 1978, it handed self-imposed power to a client Lebanese militia in the South, led by Major Sa’ad Haddad.
The same scenario had been envisaged 25 years earlier, by the fledgling Zionist state’s leadership. In his published diary, Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett quoted Army Chief of Staff, Moshe Dayan, who was to become Israel’s Defence Minister, promoting the idea of an Israeli invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon up to the Litani River. It was a vision enthusiastically supported by General Dayan and David ben Gurion. Amongst the most telling things Dayan said, was that:
“… the only thing that’s necessary is to find an [Lebanese] officer, even just a Major. We should either win his heart or buy him with money, to make him agree to declare himself the saviour of the [Christian] Maronite population. Then the Israeli army will enter Lebanon, will occupy the necessary territory, and will create a Christian regime which will ally itself with Israel. The territory from the Litani southward will be totally annexed to Israel and everything will be all right.”
Rida may have been just 6 or 7 years old in the early spring of 1978, when thirty thousand soldiers marched north of the river Litani to ‘make peace.’ It was the year of the first big human exodus from the South. Israeli planes made in the US, flew low like vengeful birds of steel and streaked the sky with jet fuel. Bombing came from the sea, sky and land.
Tens of thousands of families left futures like trails of ants with children and cartloads of belongings headed for Beirut. The capital’s ocean-kissed opportunities sparkled for the wealthy and only kissed the few. Without money or connections, the Paris of the Middle East could become a squalid hell.
In the 15 years leading up to the April 1982 invasion of Lebanon and siege of Beirut, then Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, claimed that 1,392 Israeli lives had been lost through PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) violence.
Israeli police archives, searched at the time by the independent newspaper Ha’aretz, revealed the number of Israeli victims of the PLO between the years 1977 and 1982, to be 282 citizens.
Meanwhile Israel’s operations in Lebanon have been documented in countless observations. These describe the destruction of entire cities and wholesale killing of many thousands.
In 1968, Israel described its bombing of a string of civilian aircraft sitting on the tarmac at Beirut’s International Airport as‘reprisal.’ The act was condemned at the time by the UN Security Council, concluding that:
“Lebanon is entitled to appropriate redress for the destruction it has suffered, responsibility for which has been acknowledged by Israel.”
Israel applied overwhelming military force on Palestinian Refugee Camps inside Lebanon in 1978, 1980 and 1981. The pounding that turned Beirut into a circle of hell-fire rubble in 1982 culminated in the killings of more than three thousand Palestinian civilians at the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in September that year.
Sabra and Shatila is to the Palestinians what 9/11 is to Americans. Women, children and elderly depicted in unforgettable scenes of horror after the crime were slaughtered over 72 hours by Lebanese militia forces, who closely co-ordinated their actions with Israeli military commanders on the ground overseeing the camps.
Their fly-ridden and bloated bodies were left to rot in the sun.
Military operations within Lebanon have been given various names by Israel. Names such as ‘Stone of Wisdom,’ ‘Operation Accountability,’ even references taken from biblical hymns, such as the 1996 ‘Grapes of Wrath.’
The three-month long siege of Beirut in the summer of 1982, that reduced a thriving economic metropolis into acres of surreal art, and killed more than twenty thousand Lebanese, was called ‘Peace for Galilee.’
Southerners with their fateful brand of local sarcasm would say: “Why don’t they call the next one ‘Kill the sons of dogs‘? That way we’ll be sure they really are coming in peace.”
War aims were wider than the publicized mission of the invasion which was to ‘remove’ the PLO.
Ordinary people were instead wiped out by what foreign journalists and residents of the city described as indiscriminate bombing, while the PLO and its leaders remained very much intact and alive.
The response to these aims would be more enduring than either Israel, or the rest of the world, could have imagined at the time.
Through settlements, through the harsh and daily realities of occupation, through state terror tactics, through laws and administrative procedures that discriminate on ethnicity and race, through imprisonment without charge for indefinite periods, denial of freedom or movement to residents of towns or villages, and more than fifty years of emergency laws that have sanctioned the humiliation of an entire people – the government of Israel has tried to destroy the will, the national identity and consciousness of Palestinians, as well as weaken and divide surrounding Arab nations.
Israel regards the weakening of these nations, as central to the struggle for her political and economic dominance of the region.
On the 9th of July 1982, the Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, reported the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, General Rafael Eitan, as saying that the:
‘Israeli stay in Lebanon is part of the struggle over Eretz Israel (biblical, greater Israel.) That is the point. This whole battle in Beirut – it is the struggle over Eretz Israel, a war against the main enemy that has been fighting over Eretz Israel for a hundred years.’
Defence Minister Ariel Sharon, referred to another basic aim of the War in Lebanon when he said,
‘The bigger the blow and the more we damage the PLO infrastructure, the more the Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Gaza will be ready to negotiate with us and establish co-existence.’
What was fashionable in the ’50s made a come-back in the ’80s. Successive Israeli war cabinets wanted Jordan to become the new Palestine, since historic Palestine and its inhabitants would never be welcome in the modern state of Israel.
Ariel Sharon was quoted by the British press in June 1982: “But they have a homeland,” he said referring to the Palestinians. “It is the Palestine that is called Jordan.”