Israel Never Wanted Peace
I'm in Amman now, and full of sorrow. I've railed againts Hizbullah, its policies which lead to armageddon, and the weakness of the Lebanese government to dismantle it. But don't misinterpret this to meant I support Israel. Israel has never really wanted peace.
The Israeli government in the last 15 years has continually adopted policies that prohibit bipartisan peace processes. It is adopting the old colonialist tactic: keep a level of strife in a region and you can keep your presence and get what you want. Why did France give the Syrian Iskanderun to Turkey? Why did England divide Iraq and Kuwait? France and England adopted borders that harm the Middle East to protect their interests and their presence. Israel does the same.
Israel has created situations that have kept the Arab revolt at a slow boil to justify its imperialist actions. The way it treated the Hamas government is a great example. When Hamas came to power, sanctions were immediately imposed on it, under the justification that a Hamas-led government would attempt to destroy Israel. Granted, Hamas has always advocated the demolition of the Israeli state, but so did Fatah before it came to power and simmered down. Hamas was never given the chance.
The ramifications of the sanctions were always quite clear - by denying the Palestinians their democratically-elected government and pushing them further into poverty, you would ignite revolt. In a way, this is what the Olmert-led government wanted. Look at the prelude Olmert's trip to Washington, when he outlined his unilateral plan to draw the borders of the West Bank. He would not have been able to do that with a functioning Palestinian government and a lack of civil unrest. Peace would have meant that he would have to be diplomatic. Bombing families on the beach in Gaza and igniting Palestinian resistance means it can do what it wants.
The same holds true in Lebanon. Lebanon has never signed a peace treaty with Israel, and I believe it's mostly Israel's fault. After Israel withdrew from Lebanon six years ago - due to Hizbullah's resistance - it continued to violate Lebanese sovereignity. Israeli planes have flown daily into Lebanese airspace. Just a month ago, an Israeli spy network was uncovered in Lebanese territory. Israel still occupies the Chebaa Farms (Sure, it points to UN reports that say the Chebaa Farms are Syrian, but Syria says they're Lebanese, and Israel only listens to teh UN when it's in their favor). And don't forget the of Lebanese detained in Israeli prisons, denied prisoner of war status outlined in the Geneva Convention, and often without charges or trials.
All that, plus the fact that 400,000 Palestinian refugees are still in Lebanon, pushed out of Israel, which Israel refuses to take accountability for. I won't even go into that.
Israel has said that it will keep bombing because Hizbullah is a threat to it. But let's get it straight - Hizbullah is a threat to Israel because Israel has been a threat to Lebanon. It is not Lebanon that has been inading Israeli territory for the last few decades. No Lebanese spy network has been uncovered. Lebanon does not occupy Israeli land. Lebanon, other than the two soldiers abducted by Huzbullah, holds no Israeli prisoners.
Hizbullah has said repeatedly that it will disarm when Israel is no longer a threat to Lebanon and it leaves Lebanese territory. And, unlike many other parties in Lebanon, Hizbullah tends to stick to its word. Israel had a possiblity for peace.
Would it have been so hard to treat Lebanon like a sovereign nation? Did Israel really expect peace to come about through acting like a bully?
Israel didn't want the easy way out. It wanted this to happen. It was egging on Hizbullah until something like this could happen and it could impose its sadistic will. This is how post-Sharon Israel works.