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Dreaming of a Lebanon at Peace with Its Neighbors
The Tower ^ | July 2013 | Michael J. Totten

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 aren’t 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 doesn’t 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), it’s the least Muslim and most religiously diverse of all the Arab countries.

And since a huge number of its Christians insist they aren’t 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: islam; israel; lebanon; lebanonisrael; morocco; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 06/30/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane
I dream of all Muslims adopting some other religion ilo their cult.

Same dream, more or less.

2 posted on 06/30/2013 8:02:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: OddLane

As long as there are Muslims, we ALL have to fear.


3 posted on 06/30/2013 8:24:18 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Q: The worst president in US history?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks OddLane.


4 posted on 06/30/2013 9:03:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
No problem.

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5 posted on 06/30/2013 9:16:51 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Terrific article. Thanks for posting it.


6 posted on 06/30/2013 9:42:58 PM PDT by eddiespaghetti ((with the meatball eyes))
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To: eddiespaghetti
Even after 65 years of anti-Israel (anti-Jewish) propaganda, Lebanon and Israel are “progressive”, forward-thinking and Western oriented nations. The potential is there for peace. Lebanon and Israel can do it if you remove the extremists who splinter Lebanon.

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.

7 posted on 06/30/2013 10:31:55 PM PDT by Netz
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To: eddiespaghetti

Totten is always worth a read.


8 posted on 07/01/2013 8:29:43 AM PDT by OddLane
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keep dreaming

9 posted on 07/01/2013 11:15:13 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: OddLane

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?


10 posted on 07/01/2013 11:50:31 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty
Syria and Iran poured accelerant on the fire, but the one who really caused Lebanon's destruction as an independent, free state was Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians.
11 posted on 07/01/2013 12:11:27 PM PDT by OddLane
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