Here's how Israel is changing its tune on Lebanon - Middle East - Jerusalem Post
The border fence between Israel and Lebanon with the southern Lebanese village of Blida in the background, from the Israeli kibbutz of Yiftah. For a decade and a half, relations between the two countries were virtually nonexistent, although Lebanon played no role in the Six-Day War. Israel appears to be adjusting its tune — and strengthening its tone — when it comes to Lebanon. For years, the government's mantra has been.
The prosecutors claimed that they had not been provided with proof of the terror group's complicity; this, despite multiple previous pronouncements by Bulgarian officials explicitly linking Hezbollah to the attack, including one by then-foreign minister Nikolay Mladenov who, in a further bit of irony, also attended the INSS conference in Tel Aviv in his new capacity as UN Middle East peace envoy.
Developments in Bulgaria fit into Europe's broader approach to Hezbollah, which might be described as a separation of terror and state.
While the Lebanese group's "military wing" was blacklisted by most of the European Union in —a decision that, equally ironic, was prompted by the Burgas bombing that EU member state Bulgaria now says had nothing to do with Hezbollah—the terror group's so-called "political arm" freely operates throughout the continent, raising funds and recruiting members at will.
In Eiland's estimation, this complexity — and perplexity — stems from a misunderstanding of the Lebanese arena, which is perceived very differently by western nations than it is by Israel. The former, he explained to The Media Line, "differentiates between a camp of 'good guys' and 'bad guys. But despite the supposed distinction, there is an agreement between both sides in which the good guys act in a way that ensures the continued support of the West while the bad guys provide security.
This is in sharp contrast to the position of Israel, which therefore cannot expect to garner much support even from its closest allies for its stated policy that, in a future war with Hezbollah, all of Lebanon will be "fair game.
Here's how Israel is changing its tune on Lebanon
So Israel wants to make sure that everyone knows its position that Tehran not be allowed to replicate in Syria its activities in Lebanon. What does it mean, for example, to attack Syria? Plus, the Russians are the major power there. So it is easier for Israel to make its point by saying it will attack Lebanon.History of Israel/Lebanon Relations - 1of2
This also acts as an indirect threat to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin who does not want any added instability. It is possible that Moscow will not abide by a major Iranian military presence in Syria and, in response, Tehran is trying to enhance its capabilities next door.
What is crystal clear is that Israel will not sit idly by and watch the Islamic Republic make further inroads in its backyard.
Despite the Israeli full-press, Melamed contended to The Media Line that it is currently not in the interest of Iran and its proxy to engage the Jewish state militarily. Furthermore, a conflict could result in an outcome that would be devastating for both parties. They are cognizant of this and must take it into consideration. First, to try to prevent a conflict by reminding all parties of the utter destruction wreaked upon Lebanon by the IDF inwhile putting the world on notice that the Israeli military will do whatever is necessary if Iran is allowed to pursue its agenda uninhibited.
This, in turn, could induce countries with leverage to apply pressure on Tehran to curb its militarization of Lebanon, while simultaneously making the Islamic Republic think twice about threatening Israel through its forces in Syria.
Second, the campaign is meant to prepare the Israeli public for a potential "war of choice," one that would be initiated by Israel — irrespective of the predictable international outcry — before the risks posed by its enemies in the north cross the threshold of defensibility.
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And lastly, to foster dissent among the Lebanese opposition, a tactic not dissimilar to the Israeli government's support for Iranians during their recent nationwide protests.
Two age-old adages come to mind that seemingly encapsulate Israel's policy, the first being ancient military strategist Sun Tzu's assertion that, "the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. And as Israel readies militarily for what many deem inevitable, there is still hope in George Washington's affirmation that, "to be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
Begin and Sharon proposed that Israel and Lebanon establish full diplomatic relations, but Gemayel proposed a kind of formal non-aggression pact. When Sharon reminded Gemayel that Israel controlled most of Lebanon at that time and that it would be wise to follow Israel's instructions Gemayel held out his hands and replied "Put the handcuffs on. I am not your vassal.
Before the elections, he was assassinated by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, throwing Lebanon again into crisis.
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Between 1, and 3, civilians were massacred. The incident led to his resignation as Defense Minister, however he remained in the Israeli Cabinet and would later become Israeli Prime Minister in After the assassination of Gemayel, Israel and Lebanon signed an agreement on May 17, which was a peace treaty in all but name. The agreement was conditional on Syrian withdrawal, which did not occur until April Much of the content of the treaty was contained in secret protocols and memoranda, and it did not win expected Jordanian and Saudi endorsement.
- High-ranking Israeli officials have sounded alarm bells about Iran's growing presence in the north.
- 12 years ago, Hezbollah and Israel were left gutted by a summer war that was costly for both sides.
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The Lebanese legislature ratified the treaty by a margin of 80 votes, but in a very weak and unstable domestic position president Amine Gemayel abrogated the peace treaty on March 5, under unrelenting Syrian pressure, after the U.
Marines withdrew and after Israel had begun withdrawing from Lebanon. In Octoberunder the sponsorship of the United States and the then Soviet UnionMiddle East peace talks were held in MadridSpainwhere Israel and a majority of its Arab neighbors conducted direct bilateral negotiations to seek a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace based on UN Security Council Resolutions and and on Lebanon and the concept of "land for peace.
In MarchSyria and Israel held another round of Madrid talks; the Lebanon track did not reconvene. In response, the militant Shia group Hezbollah formed with Syrian and Iranian backing. They conducted guerrilla warfare against Israel to resist the occupation.
Inthe Israeli army burned down olive groves to "deprive Hezbollah guerrillas of cover".
The day operation caused hundreds of thousands of civilians in south Lebanon to flee their homes. On April 18, several Israeli shells struck refugee compounds, killing civilians sheltered there. Throughout the s discontent had been growing in Israel about the occupation of parts of Lebanon.
Discontent increased as a result of a helicopter crash that killed 73 Israeli soldiers bound for Lebanon. Ehud Barak campaigned for prime minister on a platform of withdrawing from Lebanon.
The SLA collapsed and about 6, SLA members and their families fled the country, although more than 2, had returned by December With the withdrawal of Israeli forces, many in Lebanon began calling for a review of the continued presence of Syrian troops, estimated in late at approximately 25, The destruction of Lebanese infrastructure that the Israeli military left behind, particularly water infrastructure, was devastating to Southern Lebanon.
The international border between Lebanon and Israel is still to be determined in the framework of a peace agreement. In August, the Government of Lebanon deployed over 1, police and soldiers to the former security zone, but Hezbollah also maintained observation posts and conducted patrols along the Blue Line.
While Lebanon and Syria agreed to respect the Blue Line, both have registered objections and continue to argue that Israel has not fully withdrawn from Lebanese soil.
As regional tension escalated with the Palestinian intifada in SeptemberHezbollah cited Blue Line discrepancies when it reengaged Israel on October 7, taking three Israeli soldiers captive in an area known as Shebaa Farms.
This largely unpopulated Israeli controlled territory along the border between Lebanon and Syria is claimed by Lebanon, although the United Nations and Israel agree that Shebaa Farms is part of Syria.