Immediately following the
ceasefire the government of Israel
attempted to convince the Israeli population, and its friends abroad, that Israel had ‘won
the war'. Now they are forced to beat a hasty retreat from such declarations,
as no-one in Israel
is stupid enough to swallow them.
The imperialists have been trying
to force Lebanon to accept a
diplomatic victory for Israel
precisely because Israel
cannot win this war by military means. The Israeli war cabinet on Wednesday gave approval in principle to the generals' plan for
an expanded ground operation, but delayed its implementation in order to give a
chance to the UN Security Council to draft a resolution that fits the rulers of
as a condition to end the crisis.
Lebanon has a long
history, being one of the cradles of early civilisation, but it has been
occupied by many different powers, the last being Isreal and Syria. Last
occupied it it was eventually defeated and forced to leave because of the
guerrilla war led by Hezbollah. It was Israel’s
This is still a factor in understanding what is happening today.
serious land operations commenced in southern Lebanon. The Israeli army has met
severe resistance from the Hezbollah guerrillas. The longer this drags out the
greater will be the political consequences for the Israeli ruling class.
The idea that Israel is a class divided society
like any other is not often discussed within the left in the Arab world. Here
the Moroccan Marxists have interviewed an Israeli Marxist on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories,
who explains the need for a socialist perspective and the struggle for
internationalism and working class unity across borders.
The air strikes against Lebanon continue, as
do the rockets being fired on Israel. The responsibility for the bloodshed and
suffering of this new conflict lies first and foremost with the Israeli ruling
class, who had clearly been preparing for such a scenario for some time.