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An Impending War Between Israel And Hizbullah?

By Asaf Zilberfarb | The Media Line

November 21, 2017

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Al-Rai, Kuwait, November 16

There have been growing rumors about a potential Israeli campaign, backed by the Saudis, against Hizbullah. Commentators and pundits have been divided on how the Arab public should respond to such a development and which side to back. The first part of this equation centers on current Arab sentiments about the Lebanese organization. There is no doubt that Hizbullah lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the Arab public. It has been actively involved in the ethnic cleansing of the Syrian people, leading directly to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. Surely, leaders of the organization will defend themselves by saying that their involvement in the Syrian civil war has been exaggerated or overstated. This might even be true. But it doesn’t change the fact that Hizbullah is no longer a resistance movement fighting against Israel on behalf of the Palestinian people. It is a vicious militia that has killed and displaced thousands of its own people for the sake of political gains. At the same time, one cannot claim that this, in and of itself, is sufficient reason to support Israel, as it remains a colonial power that acts with aggression against its neighbors in the region. It, too, has displaced hundreds of innocent civilians from their homes and killed many others. In this context, a war between Israel and Hizbullah will quite literally be a war between one aggressor and another. Therefore, it will raise moral dilemmas unlike any other we have faced to date. It is my personal opinion that two wrongs don’t make a right. If Israel were to launch an attack on Hizbullah we must first remember that such a campaign is also an attack against Lebanon. We must therefore condemn the assault and work to end it as soon as possible. When the day comes, Hizbullah can be held responsible for its atrocious crimes. The judgment and the punishment, however, should not be left in the hands of Israel. – Saed al-Hajj

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