War Memories I: Unreasonable Objectives, Reckless Strikes

If we don’t want to go very far in history, to the beginning of the 1948 occupation, the transfer of the Palestinians, and the emergence of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the beginning of this millennium could be a good starting point to cover how the conflict unfolded.

The 2000 pullout of Israeli occupation forces from most Lebanese territories has fundamentally changed how the world understands Israel, and how Israel perceives itself; an entity beaten and humiliated by a group of Lebanese fighters. Rebuilding this broken image would, six years later, mean more massacres, more destruction, and ultimately another defeat.

In 2004, the Islamic resistance in Lebanon agreed to complete a prisoner exchange deal with the Israeli entity, through German mediation, on the basis of releasing all the Lebanese detainees in Israeli prisons, including Samir Kuntar, in exchange for an Israeli army colonel, Elhanan Tenenbaum, and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers captured during a bold and very complicated resistance operation.

When the deal was finalized, Hezbollah announced its commitment to the agreement terms. However, Israel, as it’s always the case, was predetermined not to observe all the terms of the swap deal; they decided to keep senior prisoner Kuntar in Jail.

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