Lebanon and Israel?

What the hell is going on? I'm not a moron, but I can't comprehend what has happened. Can anyone explain it to me? Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    heres my best effort...

    After World War II, there were millions of displaced Jews. They were refugees, but no one wanted to take them because there was so many.

    Because the Jewish people had suffered so harshly, the UN (Britain, America etc) decided to set them up in the middle east. Jerusalem is supposed to be the holy city for the Jews, and they believe that it is their right to live their for eternity, because they think God has chosen them to live in that 'holy city'.

    It seems silly to set up a Jewish state there. I am guessing that their religious viewpoint was supported by the powers, and they ended up being given that area of land in the 1940s I think.

    After that, there was tension in the area, and Israel has on several occasions taken and occupied land that belongs to others. They continue to occupy land that belonged to Lebanon, and I think they are still occupying a small bit of land that belonged to Syria.

    Now I imagine there were bad things done by both sides, but my overall view is that Israel has no business occupying any land outside the boundaries originally drawn up in the 1940s.

    Considering they were given the land (and it was not the UNs to give in the first place) as a consolation for the atrocities Hitler conducted in WWII you would think that Israel would be a bit better behaved in terms of not conquering/occupying other people's land, and not being aggressive militarily, considering that they were supposed to start a new peaceful beginning in Israel.

    Israel's Jews basically believe in a holy right to occupy the area, but Israel has only been there for 50 odd years.

    I believe that Israel is in a political predicament because they cannot give back the land they have taken over. They can't give it back because the Orthodox Jews (fundamentalists basically) will not stand by and let their government do it. It would be political suicide to try to revert to the original borders because the more full-on religious people think that they have a god given right to occupy that land.

    Essentially, what is happening is a continuation of a tit for tat war that has been going on for about 30 years.

    It must be noted that Israel has set out to take land, and has continued to occupy land that it has taken. So it was, and is, asking for trouble.

    It should also be noted that the people of lebanon and the surrounding countries also have a hatred of the Israelis, and do not believe the Jews should be there at all. After all, the UN gave away some of these countries/ethnic groups' land to make Israel.

    Both sides are in the wrong, but I believe that the Israelis need to revert to the land they were given, which was generous in the first place.

    The arabs need to accept that Israel will exist, and they should disarm all of the paramilitary groups that are attacking Israel.

    I do not think they will do this unless Israel makes a genuine promise and enforces the withdrawal of settlements, and prevention of further settlement by orthodox Jews in the areas that they have taken over.

    Hope that helps, if you look into Israels history, you will see that this is not just a defenseless and peaceful nation being targetted by terrorists. That is simply not the case, but US media will probably set it to look that way.

    This site is probably not the best if you want a balanced view of the situation, it seems that most people are just getting news off the TV and making that their opinion.

    I don't really know enough, its not my main interest, but I know enough to know that it is not as simple as people would have you believe.

    Oh I forgot, Israel also occupies part of Palestine of course!!! More conquests by the innocent Israelis!!!

    Finally, do not get caught up in this media terminology. If you see words like terrorists, evil, militant, militia etc, then there is a fair chance that the article is biased. If you look at the responsed you have received, you will see that most people just suck up the news stories as gospel, and recite is as if its the truth.

    Thats a good question, I hope you have found enough to give you a better understanding of how complex the situation really is.

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  • 1 decade ago

    OK, a real answer. Hezbollah is a terrorist group that is based in Lebanon and supported by Syria and Iran. This group crossed the Israeli border and killed 6 soldiers and kidnapped two others. Israel has used this provocation to legitimize the removal of this group from the south of Lebanon (where Hezbollah's missiles can reach Israel). So, as of right now, Israel is attacking anything and everything that resembles a Hezbollah soldier and all supplies that are being brought into the country.

    A short back story-

    Most think that Iran pushed Hezbollah to take these actions to direct attention away from its nuclear program. The United States has stayed behind Israel and as of yet has not called for a cease-fire.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Israel attacked Lebanon in 1982 or 83 I think. Hezbollah was formed becaue of that attack (and it was horrible-what the Israeli's did to Lebanon) as a group focused on protecting the Lebanese people. Of course they turned to terrorism. But Israel and Hezbollah have been in conflict ever since. Recently, Hezbollah kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers and fired rockets into parts of Israel-part of their ongoing conflict. Israel retaliated. However, the world is generally against the level of force Israel is using because, even though everyone would like to see Hezbollah gone...it is felt that Hezbollah's actions were a tactical military move, while Israel's reaction is an attack on a country that has nothing to do with the conflict really...it is believed that Iran is behind Hezbollah's recent attacks on Israel, not Lebanon.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Why can you not comprehend what has happened? In 1948, the Allies from WW2 gave the Israelis their own country which angered the hell out of neighboring arab states including Palestine which the US gave to Israel. For the next 58 years tension has existed and many wars have been fought. Most of the time the Israelis were backed with US weapons and the Arabs were backed with Soviet weapons. This time, Hezbollah, a rebel offshoot existing in many arab states kidnapped 2 israeli soldiers in israel. This set off a chain reaction resulting in the situation we have today. Its pretty much just the same crap that has been going on for almost 60 years.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is a terrorist group known as Hezbollah, which is supported, armed and funded by Iran and dictators that want to wipe the Jews off of the Earth, carrying on the work of Adolph Hitler. They also hate America and are responsible for killing our Marines in their barracks and other things. Lebanon is possessed by Hezbollah in a demonic fashion and the cowardly Hezbollah uses Lebanese men, women and children as human shields while firing missiles, and the homes of the human shields as hiding places for the weapons. Hezbollah also engineers attacks and arranges for the innocent civilians to be killed for propaganda purposes.

    Israel, unfortunately is only using about 5 per cent of it's firepower in order to spare as many civilians as possible.

    I really hope that Israel fires a nuke into Iran the next time it's monkey dictator mouths off about killing the Jews. Imagine what would happen if he or Hezbollah had a nuke. They would not hold back as Isreal routinely does.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lebanon is a country that has harbored a terrorist group named Hezbollah that keeps attacking Israel. This has happened for many years without the UN steeping in and disarming Hezbollah. Israel finally got fed up when Hezbollah captured some Israeli soldiers. Now Israel is finally defending itself. Hopefully they will wipe Hezbollah off the map.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It goes back to the crusade war, and because the bible description of Arabs that they are bastards the western white power thinks that Arabs should be killed and they think they should take back the Middle East from them. The Roman Empire lost the middle after the rise of the Islamic Empire. Europe tried many time to re-take the Middle East and failed. Napoleon Bonaparte invaded the Middle East but he was defeated by the combined forces of the colonizing European Nations. After the fall of the Ottoman Turk Empire, the British and the French under Sikes and Pico Agreement was prepared to divide the Middle East into small little lands under the control of both. Germany and Italy wanted to share the division and control of the Middle East and it lead to WW1 and then WW2. England and their puppets the US decided to move all the Jews out from Europe to Palestine and to serve the interest of the West and defeat any future Arab unity. Some Arab countries became allied with the USSR to balance the power in the Middle East. However, April Gillespie revealed live on National TV a verbal message from the Bush Administration to Saddam Hussein to take the North part of Kuwait, and expressed the that Bush Administration fully support Saddam as they always did. The aftermath of the 1st Gulf War and the 2nd Gulf War, now the US and Britain control the flow of Petrol from Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, and Yemen; and control the political systems in these countries and Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Morocco. Israel that is supplied from the US at $450 Bill per year tax payer's money including weapons and oil, continued to take orders from the US and Britain to fight their adjacent countries.

    The final goal of this war is to go after Syria, and Syria has neither army nor weapons and it is the last country that was a French colony became a Russian friend, but this may lead to a World War soon.

    In fact, Lebanon was considered as a French Colony under the Sikes and Pico agreement. I hope no one will use their nuclear arsenal, but Israel has over 800 missiles ready to go against Russia strategic targets in case the situation becomes complicated.

    This will affect our homes in the US, lack of gasoline, lack of food, lack of water, lack of medicine, inflation will increase, and recession will be uncontrollable.

    It is very sad when you kids and children are killed...

    Source(s): www.whatreallyhappened.com
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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Hmm... latest historical past ring any bells? Because did not they do exactly that a couple of years in the past? Anyway, I'm just a bit cynical whilst the one supply quoted supply for the variety and numbers of those 'lengthy variety' missiles (on account that that is no longer lengthy variety, it is medium) is an IDF Brigadier General. It is in his curiosity to construct up the danger. That means whilst Hezbollah lob missiles into Israel (which they most likely will) he is already situated the mandate for rolling the entire means as much as Beirut. And apparently they might have got to invade by way of UN models; I marvel how that might pass down with Israel's typical allies?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lebanon (Hizbollah) have been shooting rockets into Israel for quite a while. When the Hizbollah entered Northern Israel and took 2 Israeli soldiers hostage. That was the last draw.

    Imagine if Mexico or Canada were shooting rockets into Texas or Wisconsin. Do you think that Americans would stand for that? I don't think so. We'd bomb the heck out of them (just as the Israelis are doing).

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  • 1 decade ago

    you really need to pick up some books and articles and read. if you're asking for a concise explanation from here, you're doing yourself a disservice. this is not a matter of good vs. evil no matter what some simpleton would have you believe. there is blame to go around. yes, hezbollah kidnapped 2 israeli soldiers. we've heard that one over and over. there have been television interviews with their parents, wives and so on. how come we never get to see the faces of palestinians and lebanese that have been kidnapped and sent to jail without charges? how come we never see their loved ones? this figure goes into the thousands. some of them have been in israeli prisons for over a decade WITHOUT charges brought against them. that means these people were not around to watch their children grow, say goodbye to their now deceased parents and so on. it's heartwrenching stuff. how come we never hear their stories? and of the 3 soldiers kidnapped - one kidnapped by militants in Gaza - how come we in the US hear so little about the father of Gilad Shalit, Noam Shalit? does it have anything to do with the fact that he is criticizing the Israeli occupation and the assault on Lebanon, that he is calling for negotiations with Hamas? it has now been reported that Israel had been planning this assault on Lebanon for over a year. they just needed an excuse, a paltry one at that.

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