The Israeli government and military failed in their declared
objectives in the recent conflict in Lebanon. Israeli society is under
shock as a result. Now while they say a new war needs to prepared, the
government is preparing vicious attacks on social spending. This will
inevitably prepare class conflict at some stage. Meanwhile on the Arab street
the desire for a genuine left alternative is becoming evident.
The Israeli aggression against Lebanon ended in defeat.
None of the objectives set by the Israeli Government were attained. The
position of the Israeli ruling class has been weakened at home and abroad. The
result of the conflict is also a setback for American Imperialism – as well as
for French Imperialism – and has strengthened the position of the Hezbollah,
Iran and Syria.
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.