According to Nobel "peace" prize winner Shimon Peres, Israel has absolutely no quarrel with Lebanon... and were it not for Hezbollah, Israel and Lebanon would be chummy friends. LOL! Either the old geezer Shimon is very close to joining his friend Sharon... or Israeli leaders have completely lost it after their 2006 defeat. Israeli occupation and aggression against Lebanon started decades before Hezbollah even existed and decades before its Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah blessed this Earth with his birth!! The only reason Shimon Peres can make such ludicrous speeches is because there is an ignorant population in the US which listens to him, believes him and continues to finance him at the expense of the United States which has clearly become the dog being wagged by its tail.
- Cherifa Sirry, Egypt
Peres is twisting the facts by saying Israel has no quarrel with Lebanon
The Daily Star
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Friday engaged in in a malicious distortion of historical facts when he declared that his country has no quarrel with Lebanon and that there is no reason for the two states to be enemies. In Peres’ version of reality, tensions between the two neighbors are the sole fault of Hizbullah, which he accused of “destroying Lebanon” with its “thirst for blood in a land of peace.”
The problem with this reasoning is that Israel was attacking Lebanon decades before Hizbullah ever came into existence. Hizbullah was not created until 1982, when the resistance group emerged as a direct response to Israel’s invasion of Lebanon that year. But the group did not yet exist during the nearly three-and-a-half decades of Israeli incursions and invasions that preceded the 1982 assault.
The first of these that was recorded was the massacre in Houla, a village in southern Lebanon that was captured by the Israelis in 1948 without any resistance. According to the testimony of the Israeli officer who commanded the raid, 50 Lebanese men from the village were rounded up and shot dead in a house that the Israelis blew up on top of them to become their grave.
Israel’s aggression didn’t stop there. In the period between 1948 and 1982, dozens of Lebanese villages were either occupied or raided, thousands of civilians were killed and scores of massacres and other acts of war were recorded by historians. Before Hizbullah was ever formed, the United Nations Security Council had already issued nine resolutions condemning Israel’s acts of aggression against Lebanon.
Peres claimed in his speech on Thursday that “we never were and never will be enemies of Lebanon.” But if committing acts of war against our people and continuing to illegally occupy our land does not constitute good reason for enmity, then what does?
The Israelis have a habit of sustaining their dysfunctional pattern of acting badly by blaming somebody else for their bad behavior. In the 1970s and 80s, they claimed that the killing of Lebanese women and children was “necessary” to defeat the Palestinian militants who had been forced out of their homeland and into neighboring Arab states. In 2006, they alleged that the wanton destruction of Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure and the slaughter of over 1,200 civilians was “required” to eliminate Hizbullah “terrorists” and retrieve a captured soldier who was seized in a bid to force the return of Lebanese from Israeli jails.
But the Israelis pursued these goals in Lebanon with such vile methods that they achieved nothing but this country’s enmity.
The Daily Star