The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world’s leading arms dealer. It dominates the global trade in a historic fashion and nowhere is that domination more complete than in the Middle East.
Yitzhak Rabin never evolved from warrior to peacemaker. Until the very end, he retained his “warrior” attitude by openly resorting to the mass killing of civilians to serve his political aims. This includes Operation Accountability, a week-long bombing campaign against the residents of south Lebanon in 1993, that took place as the Oslo Accords were being negotiated.
In the long-term, negotiations between Lebanon and Israel over maritime borders will be detrimental to the interests of Lebanon and its people. Israel always negotiates in bad faith.
There are certain profound events in a nation’s history that leave an indelible mark on all its people. The massacre in two Palestinian refugee camps outside of Beirut, Sabra and Shatila, on September 16, 1982 stands as one of those events.
The timing of tensions between Israel and Hezbollah could not have come at a better time for Netanyahu, and that is no coincidence.
Tensions on the Israeli-Lebanese border continued to rise on Monday, after a weekend of cross-border fighting between the Israeli army and Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon.
On this year’s anniversary of the Qana massacre, Israel violated Lebanese sovereignty again. But every day in Lebanon bears memories, traumata, or threats of Israeli aggression.
“All of them means all of them.” Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri steps down after two weeks of protests across the country where over a million Lebanese from all faiths joined together in leaderless and nationwide anti-government demonstrations, in which the agenda has expanded from avoiding taxes to regime change.