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War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

Posted on Jan 22, 2010
Kfar Kila border
AP / Mohammed Zaatari

An Israeli flag, in September of 2009, flies in the Israeli town of Metulla. Overlooking the other side of the border, in Lebanon, is a picture of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, top, and top commander Imad Mughniyeh.

By Robert Fisk

Editor’s note: This article was originally printed in The Independent.

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think. And a peaceful Lebanon to the north, tobacco plantations amid the stony hills, just an occasional UN armoured vehicle to keep you on your toes. “Major Pardin says you cannot take pictures,” a Malaysian UN soldier tells me. Then a second one says the same. Then along comes a Lebanese army intelligence officer and stares at our papers. “OK, you have permission,” he declares, and I snap away with my old 36-frame real-film Nikon; the fields, the frontier fence, the high-tech surveillance tower on the horizon. This must be the most photographed border in the world.

Of course, the gentle countryside is an illusion. Benjamin Netanyahu and his colleagues in the Israeli government have been announcing that the only “army” of Lebanon is the Hizbollah, the Iranian-armed and Syrian-assisted guerrilla force whose bunkers and missiles north of the Litani river might just tip the balance in the next Hizbollah-Israeli war. And Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the chairman of the Hizbollah, has been making some even more interesting threats: that his forces will “change the face of the Middle East region” if there is another war with Israel. No one is in much doubt about what this means. The newly resurfaced Lebanese roads near the border—courtesy of Hizbollah money—suggest that someone might want to move men at high speed towards the frontier. Perhaps even to cross the border.

That’s what the Israelis suspect, too—and it makes sense of Nasrallah’s warning last week. The Hizbollah claimed that the 2006 war with Israel was a “divine victory”—it didn’t feel that way to us in southern Lebanon at the time—yet even Israel admits it was a near-defeat for its own ill-trained soldiers. But how would Israel react if the Hizbollah managed to enter Israel itself? Israeli army commanders are talking about this in the Israeli press. A fast, dramatic spring across the frontier to the west—in the direction of Naharia, perhaps, or a grab at the settlement of Kiryat Shmona—and Hizbollah would announce it had “liberated” part of historic “Palestine.” Israel would have to bomb its own territory to get them out.

This is no game. The Israeli army wants to revenge itself on the Hizbollah, which humiliated it in 2006. Nasrallah—on giant-wide screens, for security reasons—often talks as if he’s the Lebanese president. Did the Israelis really think al-Qa’ida or the Hizbollah were beind the attempted killing of two Jordanian diplomats between Amman and the Allenby bridge, Nasrallah asked. No friend of al-Qa’ida, Hizbollah would have succeeded in blowing them up if it had been involved. The crowd roared its agreement.


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But the threats continue. The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, says that the Lebanese government will be held responsible for any future war and the Lebanese have had the usual warnings from Israel. Lebanon’s infrastructure will be attacked, its bridges and highways destroyed, its villages erased. Israel, Mr Barak has been saying, was restrained in 2006—when it attacked Lebanon’s infrastructure, destroyed its bridges and highways and erased its villages. Plus ça change.

But there’s a good deal of “change.” Syria is being courted by the Obama administration. Its old allies in Lebanon—Druze leader Walid Jumblatt among them—are uttering honeyed words to Damascus. Indeed, Jumblatt has been meeting both Nasrallah and his old enemy Michel Aoun, and concluding that he is three-quarters of the way down the road to Damascus. And President Assad of Syria has been visiting Tehran again, to assure the Islamic Republic of his ever-loyal support.

You can see the way everyone is thinking. And here’s the big question, the camel in the room. If Israel ignores Obama and attacks Iran’s nuclear sites—a real aggression if ever there could be – the Hizbollah could fire rockets into Israel, perhaps even revealing its new anti-aircraft missile capacity. Hamas might join in from Gaza. Hamas is a tin-pot outfit; the Hizbollah is not. An Israeli attack on Iran will unleash Iranian military power against America. But part of that power is Hizbollah in Lebanon. This is serious business.

Over Christmas, a parcel “from a foreign country” was delivered to three Hamas officials in Beirut and blew up, killing all of them. Last week, a bomb exploded in a building in southern Lebanon owned by two Hizbollah officials, wounding three children. One of them, 11-year-old Diana Zreik, had her left leg amputated. It looks like a glance at the past, to the 1970s, when Israel posted letter-bombs to its enemies in Lebanon.

The United Nations has been complaining at the increase in Israel’s overflights of Lebanese territory. The Lebanese army has been opening fire on Israeli aircraft flying over the border—useless, of course, because the Americans don’t give the Lebanese army weapons that can hurt Israel—while US Senator John McCain has dropped by in Beirut to complain about the Hizbollah’s weapons which, under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, are supposed to be in the hands of the Lebanese army. This is the same resolution that should prevent Israeli overflights.

And what do those overflights show? “We see Hizbollah expanding inside Lebanon and its growing influence, political and otherwise,” Barak said last week. “We again wish to make clear to the Lebanese leadership that we see everything, and we will hold the parties which cause increased tension responsible ... the situation can quickly deteriorate.” Thank you, Israel. Especially if Israel attacks Iran.

Party of God: Hizbollah and the politics of Islamic resistance

* Hizbollah, which can be translated as Party of God, is a Lebanese, Iranian and Syrian-backed, Shia Islamist political movement with a paramilitary wing known as “Islamic Resistance.” It emerged in 1982 as a small militia force with the aim of ending Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon.

The movement is now a major player in Lebanese politics with its own satellite TV network, a radio station, and a vast network of social programmes from housing to agriculture. According to Hizbollah’s manifesto, the Lebanese people must be free to choose what form of government they want, but they are strongly encouraged to pick the option of Islamic government. The movement’s original goal of turning Lebanon into an Islamic Republic has been abandoned.

* Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah became Hizbollah’s Secretary General in 1992. A popular and charismatic figure, his face appears from billboards and hoardings across Beirut and south Lebanon. The deeply religious 49-year-old studied theology in Iran and is noted for his fiery sermons, excerpts of which are sometimes heard on mobile phone ringtones.

* Israel tried to kill Nasrallah during the month-long war it fought against Hizbollah in 2006. The conflict followed a Hizbollah attack on an Israeli army convoy patrolling the border with south Lebanon. Nasrallah now says Hizbollah will defeat Israel in any new conflict. “I promise you that should a new war with the Zionists erupt, we will crush the enemy, come out victorious and change the face of the region,” he said last week.

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By Maxim, January 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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Lebanon, Palestine, Israel or the coming headaches.

Robert Fisk’s article is clear and describes a situation which doesn’t augur well for the future.
He is right to write that Syria is courted (more or less) by American and especially by Pdt Obama’s sweet words although it appears that his authority does not extend far beyond the professional charm of his speeches and doesn’t even include his Vice-President and Secretary of State, who are singing their own tunes. As local partner, Pdt Obama has Bibi Netanyahu who is a reckless politician decided to extend the power of Israel into Palestine as far as he can: anyway he shows indifference if not a rather aggressive attitude, opposing Pdt Obama’s apparent firm decision to have an independent Palestine and consequently somewhat calm down the resentment of the Arab world towards Israel and its closest ally, the United States. On the other side, it is probably correct to consider that Pdt Bashir El Assad prefers having two irons in the fire i.e. listen to Barack Obama friendly music and continue good relations with Iran (so does Turkey by the way).Especially as he certainly knows better than we do that the Americans maintain close contacts with various Israelis services and are installing powerful radars somewhere in the Neguev, with American military operators to have their own information system concerning Iran but also, that they are going to double the “pre-positioned” weaponry dumps stored there. The hitherto authorized value amounted to 400$millions, and has been of late doubled to 800 $millions .In theory, it includes mainly armour, artillery, ammunitions and other niceties but “wartime emergencies warrant Israel’s use of such weaponry” to be deducted from the generous yearly U.S. military allowance of 3.5$billions. We personally presume that these ammunitions do include precision guided bombs, liquid explosive bombs, graphite bombs as well as possible the latest MOAB’s (Massive Ordnance Air Blast), deep penetrating bombs etc preferably to artillery and armour which Israelis already have in their regular weaponry.
On the other side and as Netanyahu and the Israeli Establishment goes on imperturbably with the settlement policy and a systematic policy of harassment towards the Palestinians, there is no valid reason for Nasrallah to shorten sail and become amenable? Furthermore, should Israel launch aerial attacks against Iran, either by planes or cruise missiles from its frigates and subs cruising in the Gulf of Oman, no doubt that Hezbollah shall mail an impressive quantity of long range and even accurate rocketry on Israel which should oblige Tsahal to enter South Lebanon (what about the U.N. forces?) beyond the Litani where Hezbollah is supposed to have its Siegfried line? It shouldn’t worry Israel too much but not necessarily the American forces facing a “surge” of unrest in the Shia part of Iraq (presumably).                          As to the ammunitions, the Israelis don’t have to worry that much as they now have well-stocked supplies. A possible drawback should be for the American diplomats having to transform their embassies into modern fortified castles ( what they mostly already are) and expect a wave of terrorists’ activities all over the world.
To top it all, Mr Netanyahu stated of late that “if” some day, the Palestinians should have “their” state, it is out of the question to let them take care of any border including the Jordan valley and anyway, that a minimum Israeli force should remain there ! Which means that “independence” should be a convenient show leaving no illusion as to the real contents of such a recovered “freedom”? Moreover, the settlements’ question was carefully bypassed which means that the situation is frozen for an unspecified and unlimited period.

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By lichen, January 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

I have to say, if anyone is a suffering minority in the world right now, it is arabs or muslims, not jews.  While the percentage of muslims and jews is almost the same in the US, one group has a great deal of wealth and power; the other is a truly persecuted minority, who can be locked up and tortured without charge for years.  Indeed, the war on terror, with it’s anti-islam prejudice is what is spreading throughout the world like wildfire—the international community bans minarets and thinks nothing of having the cia murder random muslims in Europe while dropping bombs on civilian villages in countless countries.  No one does this to the jews.

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By Thong-girl, January 24, 2010 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

By Inherit The Wind, January 24 at 12:44 am # “It’s all bullshit. I’ll be attacked for this.  I always am.”

I agree with much of what you say, especially the part about how you have too much power, and many of us don’t trust you, and we never will. We understand completely what you mean.

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By Robert, January 24, 2010 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

Obama Administration Takes from American Farmers, Gives to Israel

Policy change slips in under the radar

Alison Weir

October 23, 2009

“At a time of financial crisis in the United States in which thousands of Americans have lost their jobs and homes, an Israeli news service reports that President Obama has just signed a presidential memo eliminating a tariff on Israel that protected American dairy farmers and that raised money for the American economy.1

In addition, according to the Israeli report, US trade authorities have ordered the return of $17,000 to an Israeli export agent for a levy paid for butter produced by an Israeli company.

The move comes at a time when American dairy farmers have been facing what industry representatives call a “crisis.” According to the National Milk Producers Federation website, “U.S. dairy producers have been facing unprecedented losses over the past year due to low milk prices and high input costs. The dire economic straits have forced many dairy farmers to exit the industry, oftentimes having to sell their herds or farms.”2

According to the news report by Israeli wire service Ynet, the Obama memo, which was signed several days ago, removed the import subcharge on dairy products from Israel.

The report noted that such levies are important for protecting local production against competing imports, “which put the local production at risk.” The levy is required from most countries that export dairy products to the U.S.

According to Ynet, Israeli agricultural attaché Yaakov Poleg was able to convince the US that “the trade agreement between Israel and the US prohibits placing taxes on exports from Israel.”

However, this tax was required under previous American administrations.

The Ynet report quotes Israeli export agent Dudu Buch, whose company is to receive the $17,000, as taking credit for obtaining this change in US policy.

Buch states: “My American colleague was under a lot of pressure and almost gave up, saying that if the American system imposed a protection levy it would last forever.”

Buch goes on to say, “I told him that we Israelis can think differently. I turned to the Agriculture Ministry’s representative at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and the matter was dealt with quickly.”

Israel’s attaché was particularly pleased that this change was made through a presidential memo, rather than through normal channels, stating “... in light of the fact that Israel was removed from the list through a presidential declaration, there is no fear that it will be placed on us again in the future.”

According to Ynet, Israeli dairy exports to the US are “constantly on the rise,” a situation that could hurt US dairy farmers.


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By Blackspeare, January 24, 2010 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

With two intractable enemies, war is the only outcome.  The big one is yet to come.  With an Islamic Republic that believes in the coming of the Mahdi and that Armageddon will hasten his arrival——can war be far behind?

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By Inherit The Wind, January 24, 2010 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

How do you feel and react if a group of people declared New Jersey as a WASP state and everybody else is driven out leaving everything behind and without any compensation at all.


There are those that are trying.  More appropriately is how do I feel about the nation my grandparents had to FLEE which then took everything, but guys like you couldn’t give a shit about THAT, because THAT is “ancient history”.

More bullshit statistics for you—Israel is 62 years old, but the “theft” of land is still active.

But in the 3 to 8 years before that, the Jews in Europe lost everything but that is “ancient history”.

Less than 40 years before THAT my grandparents lost everything—but that’s ancient history, too.

You know as well as I do if every Palestinian who claims his granddaddy or great-granddaddy lost his land in 1948 came back into Israel, Israel would cease to exist and would become another Arab dictatorship.  Yet YOUR bullshit is to continue to pretend that won’t happen to justify YOUR self-satisfied feelings that you are working for justice.

Since when is it justice to demand a people and a nation commit suicide?

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By truedigger3, January 24, 2010 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind wrote:
“Most of the Arabs are living on land stolen from someone else.  That’s a fact.  They are the result of the great Moslem conquests of the first Millennium. “

You are displaying your total ignorance of the historical facts.
When the Arabs invaded the neighbouring countries, they invaded populated countries full of people who spoke differenct languages.
Most of the population of these countries, gradually learned the Arabic language when most but not all of the population converted gradually to the Muslim religion and also to facilitate commerce, travel and communication between all parts of the Arabic Empire. That process took hundreds of years.
So, the current Egyptians are descendant of the   ancient Pharoghs, and some of them are Christians and most are Muslims but they all speak the Arabic language instead of hyroglyphic. The Iraquis are descendants of the Babylonians. And believe or not the Palestinians are Jews who converted to Christianity or the Muslim religion and speak Arabic etc etc.
Until the creation of Israel in 1948 the Jews lived prosperous peaceful lives amongst the Arabs, and all recorded history attests to that fact.

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By truedigger3, January 24, 2010 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind wrote:
“Told you all I’d be attacked for daring to argue that Israel has a right to exist.”

Here we go again where ITW put words in peoples’ mouths that they didn’t says.
Israel has the right to exist but not in its current form.
Israel should transform its self from its current racist aggressive appartheid society to all inclusive pluralistic society with all its citizens have equal rights and living in peace and justice with rights and properties restored and all are free from indignities, discrimination and brutalites. That is the form of Israel that has the right to exist.
How do you feel and react if a group of people declared New Jersey as a WASP state and everybody else is driven out leaving everything behind and without any compensation at all.

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By ron_woodward, January 24, 2010 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

On 23 January Link.TV posted its Mosaic Report about the Middle Eastern reaction to the Haiti tragedy. The report was for the most part fair and balanced. They noted the prompt arrival of the Israeli field hospital and the tardiness of some of the rich Arab states in presenting aid. Some of the newscasters wasted time speculating on the motives behind the US and Israeli relief efforts. A few made noises similar to those coming from Rush Limbaugh. They spoke about propaganda and made invidious comparisons with Gaza City and Fallujah.
They should have heeded the advice of Ari Sharon. He noted his country would be bull whipped and damned no matter what they did. The best course for any nation is to ignore the critics and do the right thing. I am sure the Haitians welcome and use the aid given by any donor.

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By PatrickHenry, January 24, 2010 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

What a cry baby zionist.

Jews have been living somewhat peaceably in the middle east for thousands of years, it was only when the Israelis arrived and started pushing other peoples around that problems started.

Yep, non-jews have grown tired of the racist, monopolistic, discrimminatory tactics by fellow jews around the world which have been lent to Israel in its wars of agression.  Propaganda has whitewashed history and them poor old jews are victims once again.

Broken record, same group of arrogant misfits.

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By bozhidar balkas, vancouver, January 24, 2010 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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How a 70% pole, 10% lett, 20% rumanian with mosheic cult becomes hebraic?
No, that person is not a yehud or hebrew, but a cultist.  The label ‘jew’ does not denote one ethnicity but hundreds.

The problem for this cultists is that they r not as of one nind as was koresh’s and jones’ cults.
All jones’ cultists commited suicide as ordered by jones rather than return to US.

And indeed, white ‘jews’ do not respect mizrahim, the asian ‘jews’; nor shephardim, the afro-jews who r at least semitic or even 01% hebraic.

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By Mundt, January 24, 2010 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

Rah, rah, Hezbollah. The world is sick of Israeli aggression and atrocities.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 24, 2010 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

Told you all I’d be attacked for daring to argue that Israel has a right to exist.  It was as predictable as a fart-fest after a plate of beans, and stinks just as much.

Only a non-Jew ever believes Jews are completely safe from anti-semitic attacks.  In fact the very same people decrying “Jewish and Israeli control of our government and economy” hypocritically turn around and say “Why don’t you feel safe in America and Europe. Jews are respected there.”  Big DUHHHH! here, boys and girls!

“bullshit statistics” they are called.  How are they bullshit? Can you disprove a SINGLE ONE of them?  Haiti is 25% bigger than Israel.  The Arab world, pretty much united against Israel, is 50% bigger than the USA.  Go disprove those numbers.

The US is divided into cultures and opposing opinions—weren’t you watching the news on Tuesday?

But NO fact will ever convince the Israel-haters that Israel has ANY right to exist.  It will always be “stolen land”—a criticism from people living their whole lives in the USA on stolen land.  Think the Natives just gave up New Jersey? or Massachusetts? Or Wyoming? Tao Walker may be the only one here not living on stolen land!

Most of the Arabs are living on land stolen from someone else.  That’s a fact.  They are the result of the great Moslem conquests of the first Millennium.

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By yours truly, January 24, 2010 at 4:47 am Link to this comment
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What’ll prevent another Israeli attack on Lebanon is the intensification of the BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) campaign, plus here at home the a build-up of anti-Zionism that’s being made possible now by a decline in support for Israel among Jewish-Americans, a   development which essentially immunizes non-Jewish Americans demanding justice for Palestine from being labeled anti-Semitic (or at least from having this label stick).  And faced with a public that’s suddenly made an about face on the Mideast conflict, President Barack Hussein Obama will have no choice but to reconsider his unqualified support for the Zionist-settler state, moving instead towards a truly even-handed approach to said conflict, such as insisting that Jewish colonizer and colonized Palestinian sit down together and figure things out based on one equals one with liberty and justice for all.  As for the fears of some people that the dissolution of Israel, a supposedly save “haven” for Jews who suffer religious persecution, nothing can come closer to burying, once and for all, that notorious two thousand year old tool of the hate-monger and scapegoat, anti-Semitism, than the realization among Jews that Zionism is what puts them at risk.

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By truedigger3, January 24, 2010 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

Re:By Inherit The Wind, January 24 at 12:44 am #

You can summon all the bullshit statistics, and your customary sophistry, but that will not succeed in covering your apparent racist attitudes and supporting your faulty justification for Israel’s injustices.
How do you feel if for example you are a Jew who is living in Chicago and some group of people came and brutally evicted you from your house, killing one of your children and took over your business and land without a dime of compensation and they said: Go live in Brooklyn or little Israel in L.A. where there are a lot of Jews living there.!!!
Besides, the Arabs are not a monolithic entity. They are different groups with different customs, cultures,  dialects,  religions and sects. There are black Arabs, Blond Arabs and brown Arabs. The only common thing between them is that they write and read the same Arabic language but as I said they speak it very differently.
It is ironic that the same things the Nazi used to say about the Jews, the Israelis are now saying about the Arabs and doesn’t what happened and is happening to Gaza is almost identical to what happened to the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto??!!
If Israel learns how to live and let live, everyone will win especially Israel.

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By johannes, January 24, 2010 at 4:05 am Link to this comment

To Inherit the Wind,

Realy with this kind of writing you are looking for an enormes blow, you are crying and whining about situations who you are sketching but not tru.

In Europe Jews are living every where and are respected and very esteemed citizen, but do not live with the wrong illusion that evey Jew is an saint.

They have started to settle down in Russia, about 30000, from Israel, home sick, and lots and lots are coming back to Germany, same reasen home sick, and fed up with the politics of the State Israel.

And wath to think about the Jews living in the U.S. they hold all high posts in the Governement, and the Banks, some say that with all the power they hold, they are creating Anti-Semietisme.

Well think again.

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By MARK OF THE BEAST, January 24, 2010 at 3:49 am Link to this comment

You continue to think you have some control over Jerusalem.  Do you know what the future holds?  Do you know why the tribe of Judah must occupy Jerusalem for the duration?  If it were possible, the Jews would have been absorbed along with the other tribes of the accursed patriarch, Jacob.  But no.  In spite of being scattered over thousands of years, they continue to maintain their identify and come back to occupy the land for a reason even they do not know.  But little voices scream for justice like sand castles on the beach watching the tsunami on the horizon.  If you want justice, here it is,  your justice is your freedom to get off the beach before the main wave hits.

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By truedigger3, January 24, 2010 at 2:44 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind wrote about Isreal:
“There is only one place in this world where a Jew can go and KNOW he’s not a 2nd class citizen”

That is not true. It is the perenial poor me, everyone hates me.
The Jews are doing extremely very well in the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia and I am not sure what are you complaining about??!!

A Jew has to be an Ashkenazi Jew (ie mostly European Jew, preferably Russian or Polish Jew)to be treated fairly in Israel. Sephardim Jews( mostly Arab, Asian and Ethiopian Jews )are treated as second class citizens in Israel.
The Palestinians who still live in Israel are treated as third class citizens.

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By rollzone, January 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

hello. it is all too true. we have been through a period of concrete borders. we wanted stability. people whine for justice. there is no legal justice. is it really justice people want, or just hate masquerading as a cause? from this distance it all appears contrived: to both control people, and gain monetary support. our government trots out the latest news, to help distract public interest from themselves. we do not have live broadcasts, or uncontrolled interviews from random citizens; to really understand why two neighbors fight. it is propaganda from one side, and then the other. which ever side makes you feel better about yourself, you agree with. as long as the truth is left to speculation -there are dictionaries full of fighting words. people can live peaceably together. we in the United States, have disagreements with neighbors; only rarely resulting in death. and then there is accountability. there is almost never justice. there is no justice for loss of life, only hate; and remorse from those more human. i can only pray for the peace that tears down the wall between neighborly love.

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By lichen, January 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment

Actually, jews happily live all over the world; in Iran, in US, Australia, Europe…and we know they like living there, because if it was really so bad, they have automatic citizenship and free housing on stolen west bank land in Israel.  Most of us minorities prefer to live in multi-cultural societies, mixing freely, not holing up on stolen land for sixty years claiming that the world outside is prejudiced against you when you don’t even know because you haven’t been there.

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By Night-Gaunt, January 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

Yeah bigger is better and just because untermensch/goim live on it doesn’t matter to them or you it seems. Attack you? It depends—-do Palestinians deserve the same rights as Israelis? Obviously not since you don’t address their concerns. Only Israel’s. Tell the land amount to Lichenstien & Lesotho too little? Does size really matter in this? It isn’t just Islamics who have murderous fanatics, you will find them here (Christian) and in Israel (Judaic.)

I have no need to do anything but criticized the racist way you think. These days it takes 100 Palestinian lives to equal 1 Israeli. Do you like the math?

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By Inherit The Wind, January 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

It amazes me.
There is only one place in this world where a Jew can go and KNOW he’s not a 2nd class citizen, where he knows that his fellow citizens won’t turn on him and say “You Jews have risen far enough. You have too much power and money and we have to strip you of it.”  One place.  Even my beloved homeland, the USA is full of people who think Jews have too much and need to be stripped of it.  Many of them post right here on TruthDig, claiming Jews have too much influence “and we have to take back our government!”

But there’s only one place on Earth where this doesn’t happen, on a tiny strip of land half the size of New Jersey, 22,000 square kilometers.

Yet even THAT is begrudged them by their neighbors, who number between 750 million and a billion and occupy a land mass half again as big as that of the US or China, 14 million square kilometers.

Israel is 0.15% the area of the Arab world—less than 1/600th, but the world would have us think the other 99.85%, the other 13,978,000 square kilometers don’t matter, that the Arab world MUST have that last 0.15% too, and that without that, there is no justice.

Little, tiny Haiti, 1/3 of Hispaniola, is 20% bigger than Israel, by 5,000 square kilometers.  And the Arab world is half again as big as the big, bad USA, but somehow, some way, they are the brave little mouse and Israel is the big, bad cat.

It’s all bullshit.

I’ll be attacked for this.  I always am.

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By PatrickHenry, January 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

At least Hezbollah is better armed than the Gazans.

If Israel attacks Lebanon unprovoked, it deserves having its clock cleaned.

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By lichen, January 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

Good post, diamond.  ‘Under the bombs’ is a really good French film about the senseless murder and destruction Israel rained down on Lebanon in 2006.  Quite frankly, if Netanyahu does decide to attack Iran, Lebanon, Syria…again, I hope many allied countries will rise up and force Israel to stop occupying land and thinking they have a right to murder more muslims every year.

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By diamond, January 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

Restrained? Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the invasion of Lebanon in 2006 just a dress rehearsal for what they did in Gaza? It was the same old story: phosphorous bombs raining down on built up areas, people told over loudspeakers by the Israeli military to come out of their houses and then gunned down. Terror visited on families and unarmed civilians, hospitals bombed etc. People told to evacuate only to find bombs from the IDF raining down on the convoys of cars as they attempted to leave. Restrained is not something the IDF does and if they’re going back into Lebanon again, no one should be surprised. Part of Lebanon is seen by the nutters who run Israel as part of the Greater Israel which is based roughly on the lands Joshua is supposed to have conquered in the Old Testament. Hezbollah is the only Lebanese force that can defeat the Israelis and the nutters are still incredibly angry that they did it in 2006. The Israelis’ hatred of both Hezbollah and Hamas is based on the fact that they resist Israel’s Old Testament vision, based on half-myths from a very old book and a ferocious, Darwinian view of the world in which God tells his people to slaughter the unrighteous (read Muslims)down to the last baby and Israel obeys God’s orders. I wonder if this means they can say they were only following orders?

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By felicity, January 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

Israel may have been “restrained” in 2006 when she attacked Lebanon’s infrastructure but she managed to leave a landscape dotted with minefields for which she has subsequently refused to provide a map.

Then again, she has informed the International Court of Justice that human rights treaties do not apply to what she does in the Palestinian
Territory or the West Bank so it’s reasonable that human rights also do not apply to what she does in Lebanon.

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By Night-Gaunt, January 23, 2010 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

Yes if the Neocon/Neoliberals in America & those militarist Zionists in Israel get their wish to attack Iran many bad things will occur both here and there. Expect the populace of Gaza and West Bank to disappear as the fanatics use the cover of chaos to wipe out these last remnants of Palestine. [Some have been waiting 42 years to do it.] Then we shall know what World War III can look like. It will be a Dark Time.

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By Thong-girl, January 23, 2010 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

Mr. Fisk, not sure what your point is for not owning a digital camera? It is after all 2010 and it’s okay to have one.  Why is no one even asking Obama what his strategy is here? You know when it hits the fan, the U.S. military will join in to kill as many children as possible, so why play dumb?

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By bozh, January 23, 2010 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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World’s feudal lords and warlords are now uniting like never before in their quest to maintain or augment their power over the serfs.
It seems to me, that US-strongly-asocialistic plutocrats fear socialism and diminishment of their politico-military power more than anything else.

Many fascists or feudal countries are becoming more and more friendly to US.
Egypt, jordan, and most other arab lands are now being befriended by US/nato.

And once US pacifies [remember wmd]iraq and afpak, importance of israel further wanes. Not that israel ever had been much of strategic import; it was only important to christian lands in fighting islam or to get rid of own ‘jews’.
However, even that did not succeed much as most white ‘jews’ went elsewhere.

In any case, these facts bode ill for a non-existent state that is israel.
S’mthing is afoot if one cannot finally establish own state after century of trying and with massive military and money help from nato/US/ world jewry!tnx

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By Ouroborus, January 23, 2010 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

ghostrider67, January 23 at 9:09 am

Yes, and I wonder when, or maybe “if” is appropriate,
the wrath of the non-aligned nations will come down on
the U.S and Israel over their barbaric behavior towards
the Palestinians and other powerless M.E. peoples.
Hizbollah is led by a very savvy guy and may yet lead
the way to justice. That, after all, is what this whole
bloody conflict is all about. Justice! No justice no
peace; forever!

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By ghostrider67, January 23, 2010 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

Since the cease fire agreement after the 2006 war,Hezbollah has kept to its word and never even once provoked Israel,on the contrary,as documented by the UNIFIL interim force in the south of lebanon,Israel has since committed 2500 violations by Air,Sea and Land.
Only last week,Israeli forces penetrated 300 meters into Lebanese soil across the blue line under the noses of the UNIFIL,Although Hezbollah had the legitimate right to have engaged them,they did not as not to be blamed for another conflict,but rest assured this time around,Israel fires a single shot,nothing and i repeat nothing will stop the full wrath of Hezbollah since the so called international community sits idly watching Israel piss on its neighbors.If Nasrallah said he will change the face of the region,i believe he will,after all,he is known to have delivered on ALL of his sworn promises so far.

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By johannes, January 23, 2010 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

The problem is that every where on this planet people are living in a terrifying anxiety neurosis, they live in daily fear, for their lives, andthe lives of their loved ones.

With this created situation are all governements working, easy people who have fear and are anxieties, are more, or less in an LE’THARGIQUE state of mind and easy to use, and to rule and govern, thats how its done.

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By ron_woodward, January 23, 2010 at 3:51 am Link to this comment

The folks with clout in America minimize the reality revealed to their citizens. God forbid words from an ordinary foreigner should ever permeate the muddle of mainstream media. Somehow, the Americans have come to the conclusion that Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans, Iranians and Israelis yearn for a visit from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They long for the caress of the US military/industrial complex. The women and children prefer to dance among the cluster bombs. The men laugh at every being they incinerate.
Isn’t it about time for us to dismiss such caricatures?

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By Ouroborus, January 23, 2010 at 2:44 am Link to this comment

Fisk fails to complete his comment; “It emerged in
1982 as a small militia force with the aim of ending
Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon.”
Hizbollah did indeed end the Israeli occupation of
The Brontosaurus in the room is Israel and their
threat to go rogue and attack Iran. If Iran has taken
delivery of the Russian S-300 air defense missiles
they have been sold, then Israel will lose a lot of
aircraft. Even the U.S. acknowledges the
effectiveness of the S-300 system.
Israel behaves like a man with a “short man’s
Just for the sake of the civilians, I hope Israel
doesn’t carry out it’s butchery against Lebanon
again; but if they should, I hope they live to regret
it. And they may.

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By lichen, January 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

Yes, Hezbollah is an official part of the Lebanese government; all political parties agree with this. They are nothing nefarious or scary; they have evolved over the years.  They are Lebanese nationalists, guarding against Israel’s genocidal wars.

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By Aarky, January 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment
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If the Israelis hope to attack Lebanon again, perhaps they will study the basic Infantry-Armor tactics manual before they do so. None of this saber rattling by the Israelis would be going on if our President very loudly and publicly told them to shut up with all their threats. Even better would be if we deduct the cost of rebuilding the Lebanese infrastructure from the free money we give to the Zionists.

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