"the question you should ask your self mark is would lebanon want an repeat performanace by the iaf ?" - Victor Hardman They don't Victor, but Lebanon is a weak nation attacked twice in the last 30 years by Israel. I don't think that the Lebanese see themselves as being able to prevent Israel from an attack any time it feels like it. "the ground battles being almost irrelevant unless the idf wanted to reoccupy lebanon again ?" - Victor At the time I was advocating Israel should push hard and fast to overrun the Hizbollah launch sites I was telling folks that the only way to permanently prevent rocket launchings would require reoccupying southern Lebanon - and cautioned at the price that would require. "the hizbollah barrage of missiles was almost totally ineffective and a waste of energy!" - victor That is not how the Israelis saw it.
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from the article: Analysis: French Lebanon talks are kowtowing to Hezbollah