Last Sunday was the tenth anniversary of
But as IDF forces were pulling back, Iranian-backed Hezb'allah militias were entering every single village and town evacuated by the Israelis. According to Hassan Nasrallah, the commander of Hezb'allah,
However, there is a third version. It rejects the first two, and it claims it represents the struggle of the people of southern Lebanon, who struggled against Terror and were removed from their ancestral lands -- because of Ehud Barack's policies on the one hand and the abandonment of the West of Lebanon last resisting free people against the hordes of Hezb'allah and their Iranian and Syrian backers on the other. Unfortunately, the third story has no tellers these days. Barack has Israel's media at his service so that he can boast about his betrayal of southern Lebanon and his own Israeli people, and Nasrallah has his Iranian-funded media to claim his victories against the populations who resisted him in southern Lebanon.
A decade after the betrayal of the people of south
The population of the so-called "security zone" are Lebanese citizens who had suffered at the hands of Palestinian terror groups since the 1970s and at the hands of Hezb'allah since the 1980s. They are the sons and daughters of the land for centuries. The forces of the PLO then and the Iranian Revolutionary guards are foreign occupation.
The South Lebanon Army under control by
In 2000, then-Israeli Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Ehud Barack betrayed an Israeli tradition of solidarity with the
The southern Lebanese were forced to march during the night in a dishonorable exodus into
Unfortunately, Barack's reckless stab in the back of
Today, when Israel's image is assaulted by the lethal propaganda machine of the Iranian petrodollars worldwide and in the United States, and anti-Semitism is running high in Western capitals, the only underdogs who would have testified to the world that Israel was defending Christians, Druse, Shia, and Sunni in that free enclave of Lebanon -- these underdogs uprooted from their homes and lands because of the arrogance of a few politicians who thought they had it figured out -- cannot testify to save the honor of their former allies. Blame former Prime Minister Barack and his elitist friends in
That had to be said, and it will be repeated as long as needed until some courageous leaders in
However, we do know that the majority of Israelis does not believe in Barack's pragmatic miscalculations, and they do want a friendship with their neighbors from the north. Naturally, it would have been better to have an
Meanwhile, we the people of southern
May 23, 2000 was a hard benchmark in our history, but it is certainly not the end of it. We will return, and we will live all in peace.
Ret. Col. Charbel Barakat is a historian and a former civil society leader in south
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