As a Lebanese myself, I cannot but admire the analysis of this very talented journalist. It is true that since 1973, the Lebanese-Israeli border has been the theater of so many conflicts, and most of the time nobody benefited, neither the State of Lebanon, nore the State of Israel. During the 20 years occupation of South Lebanon, Israel gave the most beautiful excuse for a milicia to form : Hezbollah. Hezbollah finds its popular support and its reason to exist in those 20 years of occupation and the so called ''liberation'' in 2000. How can we not understand the fact that so many Lebanese support Hezbollah today ? They saw what happened and gave most, if not all, of the credit to Hezbollah. Today Hezbollah is a lot more than just a milicia. It has a Political and Humanitarian wing that have adapted themselves to the democratic and free Lebanese system. They are allying with many different factions who share different religions and ideologies. Hezbollah can no longer be defined as a milicia or a terrorist organisation groupp, as many western media like to call it. Therefore Israel's strategy to secure its northern border can no longer be a military operation (especially that this time, Hezbollah will most probably be helped by the Lebanese Armed Forces and Syrian Troops, and maybe even Iranian fighters). If Israel truly cares about securing its border in the north, real concessions need to be made. The right of return has to be granted to Palestinians in Lebanon (a cause that Hezbollah and all Lebanese in general hold dear) and the end of all flights above Lebanese territory. Someone has to start walking towards peace...And all Lebanese factions are within the Lebanese borders...So the one who has the power to moderate Hezbollah and create peace is Israel.
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from the article: The fear of a Lebanon redux