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Lebanon's Last Chance to Save Itself

Stand for Israel told you about this past weekend's surprising resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, a result of the growing influence of both Iran and Hezbollah. Now, IDF Major-General Giora Eiland, who is a former head of Israel's National Security Council, writes at Ynet News that this is an opportunity to change the reality in Lebanon before the Islamic Republic and its terrorist proxy take over - but an opportunity that will require international pressure, Lebanese bravery, and indirect Israeli action:

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation and his harsh words against Iran create an opportunity to try to change the reality in our northern neighboring country. I’m not talking about a military intervention, like the one Israel attempted in 1982, but about the creation of an international coalition that would pressure the Lebanese president to change the situation in his country.

After the 2005 assassination of then-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, the resigning prime minister’s father, an international coalition demanded that the Syrians withdraw their forces from Lebanon. In a discussion held by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the participants were of the opinion that the international initiative matched the Israeli interest, but as head of the National Security Council, I believed that the Syrian pullout from Lebanon would actually strengthen the more dangerous Iranian influence.

Eventually, a new coalition was established by Saudi Arabia, France and the United States—the countries which currently have an interest and the ability to influence the situation in Lebanon—and following the coordinated pressure, which received the United Nations’ backing, Syria rushed to pull its divisions out of Lebanon.

This time, the pressure should be directed at Lebanon’s Christian president, Michel Aoun, who is helping Iran take over his country and has declared that Hezbollah is Lebanon’s “defensive force.” In saying that, he basically took responsibility for all of Hezbollah’s actions and implicitly admitted that the organization has the power to dictate the country’s security-related agenda...

Tags: Hezbollah , Iran

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