Avoiding War in the Middle East Could Begin in Lebanon: A Scenario
Sep 27, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
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- No one is certain whether Shebaa Farms actually belongs to Lebanon or Syria; the border was left a muddle after World War I, which has contributed to one of the Middle East's enduring flashpoints.
- Israel's occupation of the territory is the pretext Hezbollah uses to maintain its arsenal, claiming its weapons are needed to liberate Shebaa Farms.
- An Israeli offer to withdraw from Shebaa Farms could expose the real purpose of Hezbollah's armed wing in Lebanon and open the door to some pretty dramatic diplomacy.