On Balance, Israel Won This Round

[Christian Science Monitor] Nadav Morag - Despite being cheered by many in the Arab world for its willingness to confront Israel and its ability to make life miserable for civilians in northern Israel, Hizballah's actions have only created greater fear among Arab leaders of Iranian attempts to create a "Shiite Arc" stretching through Iraq and ending in Lebanon. Moreover, in the coming months, Hizballah will discover that it has alienated most of the Lebanese population, including large numbers of Lebanese Shiites, because its aggressive actions produced a harsh Israeli response that has brought the destruction of significant areas and infrastructure in Lebanon, as well as a major loss of life. Ultimately, Hizballah will come out of this conflict considerably weakened.

2006-08-17 01:00:00

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