Tel Aviv-Washington Strategic Failure: Equations Change in Favor of the Resistance

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Two years have now passed since the indisputable victory of the Lebanese Resistance vis-à-vis the aggression of the Zionist regime as well as defeat and failure of the regime’s military and political apparatuses. As acknowledged by the Zionists themselves, the war had grave consequences for them and great achievements for the Resistance.

On July 12, 2006, the Zionist regime army, on the pretext of captivity of two of its soldiers by the Lebanese combatants, subjected residential quarters and infrastructural installations of Lebanon to its ground, air and naval attacks. The unequal and oppressive war of the Zionist regime against Lebanon took place with the green light from the United States and the appalling silence of the international community. Nevertheless, the heroic resistance of the Hizbollah combatants finally thwarted the scheme and 33 days after the war, Israel’s supporters eventually rushed to the rescue of the regime by resorting to the UN Security Council and passing Resolution 1701.

Although the Zionist regime started the war on the pretext of securing the release of two of its captive troops, but a main aim of Israel and the US beyond the Lebanese war was to greatly change the equations and balance of power in their own favor in the region. They also aimed to crush the Lebanese Resistance as a prelude to completely do away with the idea of resistance in the region. This was so obvious that the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had even said at that time that Washington’s ‘Greater Middle East’ plan would start from Lebanon. However, not only the Lebanese Hizbollah was not defeated in the Israeli invasion but inflicted a shocking defeat on them and foiled the dreams of Tel Aviv and Washington in forging their brand of the Middle East.

One of the outcomes of the 33-day war was the defeat of invincibility of an army which had experienced the taste of easy victories over the Arab armies.  This victory (by the Resistance) was highly praised by the Muslim and freedom-loving media, people and political circles in the world.

The best evidence to prove this claim was the report released by the Zionist regime’s Vinograd Committee which clearly stated that Israel had failed to achieve its military and political objectives in its 33-day war against the Lebanese Hizbollah and that the war was a big fiasco for Tel Aviv. The committee also announced that the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was responsible for the scandalous defeat. The Vinograd report also cited the failures of the Zionist regime in protecting the internal front and noted that there were failures, shortcomings and lack of strategic thought in the war. It said there were dangerous failures at political and military levels and that the confusion in political and military apparatuses harmed Israel.

Furthermore, in addition to the admission by the political and military officials of the Zionist regime regarding their defeat in the war, the result of a survey conducted inside the Israeli army confirms its defeat in the 33-day war thanks to the firm resistance of the Hizbollah fighters.

The survey says the then Israeli chief of staff Dan Halutz had turned deaf ears to the opposing views by senior army commanders and for the same reason the army could not act properly and was defeated.

The Israeli war (defense) minister Ehud Barak too recently admitted that the Zionist regime had paid dearly in the 33-day war against Lebanon due to inexperience and that Tel Aviv’s challenges in political and security spheres were huge.

Ariel Cohen, a White House advisor too said the disgraceful defeat of the Qods occupier regime at the hands of the Hizbollah was the worst legacy of Olmert era. He said all the tenure of Olmert’s premiership was coupled with defeat and that he was the worst Israeli prime minister in terms of strategy and a sheer symbol of wide-scale corruption.

The outcome of the Vinograd Committee report forced Dan Halutz, the chief of joint staff and Amir Peretz, the minister of war to resign under domestic pressure and due to the defeat of Israel in the war as Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrollah had forecast earlier.

This all occurred under conditions that the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as the main person responsible for the defeat managed to evade resignation despite all the pressures. Nevertheless, the second phase of Olmert’s defeat and the political weakness of his cabinet started after the war as he could not escape the aftershocks of the 33-day war. Internal division began to escalate inside the Zionist regime and unveiling of financial scandals and embezzlements by Olmert in the recent months inflicted the final blow on his government so that he was compelled to announce his resignation time in September.

The Lebanese war turned the Zionist regime from an invincible regime to a defeated regime and today everyone is aware of its weaknesses as it is exposed to severe insecurity from the two fronts of north and Gaza Strip.
The excuse of the Zionist regime for waging the Lebanese war was to secure the release of two of its captive army men but it was forced to receive their bodies only in the course of a formal exchange of prisoners as Nasrollah had announced earlier. This made Tel Aviv enter into negotiations for exchange of the prisoners of war and suffer yet another setback by returning the bodies of martyrs of the Lebanese Resistance.

This war once again proved the legitimacy of the Resistance and struggle for restoring their indisputable rights and for liberation of the occupied lands from under the clutches of the Zionist regime. It also strengthened the position of the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine as well as liberation forces in regional equations.

In conclusion, it can be said that the war of Summer 2006 was a nightmare for the Zionist regime and the United States in the region. The war highly changed the balance of power and equation in the region in favor of the resistant forces and countries fighting against arrogant powers and to the detriment of Tel Aviv and Washington.

The outcome of the war made the US plan for the region fail and in return added to the strength and influence of the Resistance. In the future, we will witness more repercussions of this strategic defeat by the US and the Zionist regime in the region.


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