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    • jonnm
    • 17.07.11 | 20:33 (IDT)

    The author makes some good arguments that may have benefited Israel. but overall Hezbollah also had gains. The author seems to be unaware that Hezbollah is even more firmly intrenched in the Lebonese government than before and the buffer also keeps out Israeli raids which also had been an even bigger problem for Hezbollah. Hezbollah's leader was in hiding from Israeli assasination squauds well before this war. In addition Hezbollah now is much better armed then than it was. Hezbollah never had the power before the war to challenge Israel and was exposed to much stronger Israeli threats over a border it couldn't control. The war further degraded Israel's protector's position in the region when the US had to defend Israel's use of cluster bombs and its wide spread killing of civilians. In addition it eroded the widespread if exaggerated myth of the quality Israel army which makes. If anything it rather than exposing an existing Hezbollah dependence on Iran it made them more dependent on the Iranians. Finally the quote in the article refers more to misjudging Israeli reponse than an indication they misjudged the war or fought it badly.

    from the article: Iran's response to Second Lebanon War is Israel's gain
    First published 01:44 17.07.11 | Last updated 01:44 17.07.11
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