What Israel wants in Lebanon: * Israel wants the Lebanese government to prevent Hizballah from using Leb as a staging area for attacks on Israel. Israel acts itself only when the Leb government fails to do so. * Israel wants peaceful relations with Lebanon based on mutual recognition. * Israel wants to prevent Syria from using Leb soil to attack it. What Israel does *NOT* want: * Syria in Lebanon, nurturing Hizballah again. * Weak Lebanese state, allowing Hizballah to attack Israel. * Weak Lebanese economy (Israel would love to trade with a strong Lebanon. And north-south tourism would be very good for both countries) What Syria's Baath wants: * To occupy Lebanon and absorb it * To destroy Israel and massacre its people * To drive democratic western countries from the middle east * To prevent the prosecution of those who murdered Rafiq Hariri * To keep its fascist regime in power You do the math.
from the article: Lebanese Druze leader calls on U.S. to impose sanctions on Syria