Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17: Humiliating Day… Thwarted by Honorable Resistance!

Al-Manar Exclusive

"Twenty-seven years have passed on the "black day" and Lebanon is still facing all schemes to attach it in the heart of the Israeli enemy

May 17, 1983, was not a usual day in Lebanon's history… It might be one of the most humiliating days, the day believed to be "the blackest" in the history of the country, the day in which Lebanon nearly became the second Arab state to sign a peace deal with the Israeli enemy....

Israel needed the so-called peace deal with Lebanon to achieve its other goals. The United Stated represented by its envoy Philippe Habib granted Israel its wish. Negotiations kicked off on the 28th of December 1982. 35 rounds of talks were held alternately between the Lebanon Beach Hotel in the Israeli occupied Khalde region and a ballet hall near the settlement of Kiryat Shmona. From the first round of talks, the Israelis never left any detail for coincidence; they even imposed the shape and dimensions of the negotiations table.

The term "normalization" was not mentioned in the text of the agreement which stated on forming a joint contact committee to hold regular meetings in Lebanon and "Israel". The committee was given the mission of developing bilateral relations, including controlling the movement of imports and exports, individuals, etc.

The Lebanese delegation sought to renounce terms which made the agreement look like a peace agreement, fearing Lebanon would be boycotted by Arab states as was the case with Egypt. So the deal was named "The Israeli withdrawal agreement." Yet it implicitly ended the state of war which was declared against Israel since the establishment of the Zionist entity.

The agreement gave Israel the right to establish a security zone in south Lebanon controlled by 4341 soldiers from both Lebanese and Israeli armies. Local forces, according to the text, would protect the zone, in an indication to the collaborating forces of Saad Haddad. The deal determined the makeup of the Lebanese army forces to be allowed to be present in this area, limiting their number to two brigades in addition to police and internal security forces....

At that time, the resistance was carrying out operations against Israeli occupation forces and their collaborator until it forced them to withdraw from Lebanon on the 25th of may, 16 years later."

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