Lebanese Political Crisis Part of Broader Strategy

Lebanon is in the midst of a political crisis engineered by Hizbullah concerning a fundamental realignment of power. The Reut Institute suggests that this event is one expression of the strategy to prevent Israel from any kind of political achievement.

Lebanon is in the midst of a political crisis engineered by Hizbullah concerning a fundamental realignment of power. Talks on a national unity government collapsed when Siniora's parliamentary majority refused to give the Shiite Hizbullah-Amal alliance enough authority to veto any decision (and thus effectively control the government). The Shiite ministers subsequently resigned from the government and have threatened to instigate public riots.

Hizbullah presented the Siniora-Hariri government with the choice either to give up control of the government to the Iranian-dominated axis or to face civil conflict.

The Reut Institute contends that the attempt to control or destabilize Addresses in the region as demonstrated in this case is one piece of the broader strategy of the "Resistance Network". This strategy also includes the waging of a war of attrition against Israel via non-state armed groups and preventing the success of any Israeli political moves, be they unilateral or by agreement.

Therefore, Israel should not perceive this event as distinct from the broader national security challenge of the "Resistance Network". Rather, this event is one expression of the new strategic threat which also encompasses terrorism, the Iranian nuclear program and the Basic De-Legitimization of Israel.

Sources

Slackman, NY Times, 11/13/06. Full Article