Hizbullah Rejects End of Conflict

Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah announced that Hizbullah will keep its weapons until Lebanon has the strength to counter any Israeli offensive. Nasrallah expresses the Resistance Network perspective which rejects End of Conflict and Finality of Claims.

Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah announced that his organization will continue to keep its weapons until Lebanon has military and political strength. "We need strong army and state that are capable of confronting any Israeli offensive."

The Reut Institute identifies in Nasrallah's statements the perspective of the Resistance Network which rejects End of Conflict and Finality of Claims with Israel.

  • Israel and the international community aspire to the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as expressed in UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which concluded the Second Lebanon War, or in the American-Israeli aspiration to end control over the Palestinians in line with the vision of the Two-State Solution.

  • The Resistance Network and Hizbullah oppose End of Conflict with Israel. End of Conflict and Finality of Claims among the sides would deprive them of the legitimacy to maintain the struggle or even their continued existence.

    This perspective is expressed in the ‘Shebaa Farms Syndrome' which is an example of widening of demands by the Resistance Network in order to prevent End of Conflict. For example, until the withdrawal from Lebanon (5/00) Hizbullah demanded full withdrawal from Southern Lebanon. After the IDF's withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, Hizbullah assumed responsibility for continuing the struggle against Israel based on the issues such as Shebaa Farms, Israeli flyovers in Lebanese airspace, return of Lebanese prisoners or use of water sources. After the Second Lebanon War (7/06), Hizbullah also began to demand seven Shi'ite villages in the Galilee and currently demands keeping its weapons until Lebanon will have satifactory military strength vis-à-vis Israel.

In addition, Nasrallah's latest statements come in the background of the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon. Hence, Hizbullah tries to connect its demands in the frame of the Resistance Network to its national-political demands in Lebanon. Following are the central issues:

  • To change the current political representative in Lebanon as it was set in the 2005 elections in which a majority of the anti-Syrian parties won;

  • To prevent foreign intervention in Lebanon by the moderate Arab states and the USA, that support openly the moderate government of Siniora;

  • To establish a comprehensive referendum or early elections that will change the current political balance of power;

  • And now the new demand not to give up its weapons until Lebanon will have political and military strength to deal with Israeli offensives.