Skip to comments.Dreaming of a Lebanon at Peace with Its Neighbors
Posted on 06/30/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT by OddLane
Lebanon has a serious problem with Israel. The country has technically been at war with its southern neighbor since the Jewish state declared independence in 1948. Israeli citizens are banned. Even foreigners are banned if they have Israeli stamps in their passports. Lebanese citizens arent allowed to have any communication of any kind with Israelis anywhere in the world. If citizens of the two countries meet, say, on a beach in Cyprus or in a bar in New York, the Lebanese risks prison just for saying hello. Israel doesnt even exist on Lebanese maps.
t the same time, with the possible exception of Morocco, Lebanon is in important ways the least anti-Israel country in the Arab world. Indeed, decades ago many Israelis assumed it would be among the first Arab countries to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state. It made sense at the time. With its enormous one-third Christian minority (it used to have an outright Christian majority), its the least Muslim and most religiously diverse of all the Arab countries.
And since a huge number of its Christians insist they arent even Arabs, Lebanon might be the least Arab of the Arabic-speaking countries. Its capital, Beirut, has more in common with Tel Aviv than with any Arab city, including those in Lebanon itself. Put simply, Lebanon is just about the only Arab country where Israel can find natural allies.
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Same dream, more or less.
As long as there are Muslims, we ALL have to fear.
Terrific article. Thanks for posting it.
Israel is ready for peace and always has been.
If there was peace Israeli tourists would flood Lebanon with tourism, cash, trade and technological know-how.
Lebanon would propel itself into the 21st century and Israelis would ski in the Shouf mountains.
So, we dream on...
It is up to the splintered Lebanese society to shake off the disruptor's of modern life (Hezbollah) and move ahead with their lives, in peace with their southern neighbor who has had their hand extended in peace since 1948.
Totten is always worth a read.
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Lebanon used to be a beautiful vacation spot. Beirut was called the Paris of the Middle East.
Then the Moose limbs decided to take over.
Sort of like in Egypt. There goes the economy of another country.
What was so great about the 7th century that moose limbs want all of us back there?