Israel invaded Lebanon long ago in order to drive out the PLO which had been attacking Israel from Lebanon. It did not take long for the PLO to flee Lebanon, but Israel was comfortable with the occupation and decided to settle down and see how things went. This gave rise to Hizbollah, who fought a guerrilla war against the IDF. More than a decade later the large number of IDF casualties at the hands of Hizbollah caused Barak to pull the IDF out of Lebanon. Let me repeat that last part because it is very important. More than a decade later the large number of IDF casualties at the hands of Hizbollah caused Barak to pull the IDF out of Lebanon. If Hizbollah had not risen and fought the IDF, the IDF would still be there today, guarding the inevitable settlements. Lebanon is the only land occupied by Israel for an appreciable time in which no settlements were built. Reason? Hizbollah. This gives Hizbollah some influence in Lebanon and rightfully so. Any Lebanese politician that allows himself to be used as a cats paw against Hizbollah will not do.
First refugees travelling on Hungarian bus arrive at Austrian border (Reuters)
from the article: Hariri: No alternative to dialogue to solve Lebanon crisis