Saturday, August 22, 2009

Peres says Shebaa Farms not the issue; Hezbollah agrees

YNet reports:
In an interview set to be published Sunday, Peres said that Shiite group Hezbollah serves nothing but its own narrow interests, and that he believes it will continue to fight Israel even if the latter withdraws from the disputed Shebaa Farms and the border village of Ghajar.
This is not just a guess. Hezbollah has said the same thing. As I quoted a Lebanese newspaper last year (original no longer available):
The Shiite movement Hezbollah said on Thursday that Lebanon would still need its armed presence even if Israel finally quit the disputed Shebaa Farms district in the south.

"Any Zionist retreat from the Shebaa Farms would be a big achievement for the 'resistance' for this would be the result of its role and its pressure," Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah was quoted as saying by the state-run National News Agency.

But any retreat "will not change the fact that Lebanon needs the resistance," he said.
Remember, Hezbollah is not composed of Palestinian Arabs. They have no valid territorial claims against Israel. A full Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon has not made them go away or become any less threatening, despite the wishful thinking of Western diplomats.

Hezbollah's insistence to maintain its own terrorist army proves that it is still an Arab-Israeli conflict, not a Palestinian conflict.