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Will Lebanese Resistance Withstand Israeli & Int’l Pressure?
Ikhwanweb asked the opinions of two prominent political observers whether the Lebanese Resistance will withstand Israeli and international pressures. Dr. Rifaat Sayed Ahmed, Director of Java Center for Political Studies, who is also an expert on the Lebanese affairs, thinks that Hizbullah will be able to withstand Israeli attacks which failed to reach the military
Tuesday, July 18,2006 00:00
by El-Said Ramadan, Ikhwanweb

Ikhwanweb asked the opinions of two prominent political observers whether the Lebanese Resistance will withstand Israeli and international pressures. Dr. Rifaat Sayed Ahmed, Director of Java Center for Political Studies, who is also an expert on the Lebanese affairs, thinks that Hizbullah will be able to withstand Israeli attacks which failed to reach the military structure of Hizbullah although Israel has been pounding Lebanese civilians and infrastructure. Dr. Ahmed affirmed that Hizbullah has many vehicles for resistance, using state- of- the- art military technology especially rockets which can reach as far as Tel Aviv. He considers the guerrilla war tactics adopted by Hizbullah as an effective military method which exhausts the conventional military forces, citing the bombing of the Israeli gunship by Hizbullah. Dr. Ahmed does not rule out that Hizbullah could "surprise us with a new weapon from time to time since no one knows exactly how much force Hizbullah has in stock". However, he called on the Arab governments and the people to back the resistance warning that the Arab failure will seriously affect the future of the Arab region and further strengthen Israel’s hegemony on the region.

Ikhwanweb also asked the opinion of Dr. Dhia Rashwan, the political researcher at the Ahram Center for Political Studies, who said that the very challenge facing the resistance is whether the Lebanese people can hold fast and bypasses the political crisis befalling Lebanon since the assassination of late Prime Minister Rafiq el Hariri. He pointed out that Israel used to count much on its stooges to put the Lebanese off against each other through fomenting sectarian seditions among them, but this method has proved a failure now that most statements by the Lebanese prominent statesmen such as Walid Gombulat or Saad el Hariri condemn the Israeli aggression, support the resistance and call for cohesion of the domestic front. He added that the crimes which Israel perpetrated against the Lebanese people including the destruction of the infrastructure and the killing of innocent civilians, have proved that the war is not launched against Hizbullah only but against the entire Lebanese people. On the future of the current crisis and how it could be resolved, Rashwan said that Israel’s position is critical now that its prime minister Ehud Olmert has emerged with a statement of three conditions, mainly the release of the abducted soldiers, that Hizbullah stop launching its rockets on the settlements, and disarming Hizbullah, adding that "these conditions can not be reached through use of force but through negotiations, which is Hizbullah’s only demand for resolving the crisis". Rashwan affirmed that Israel will inevitably resort to negotiations through international mediation while it may continue to bomb Lebanon and Palestinian territories to secure the Israeli public support, something which Dr. Rashwan says proves the failure of the Israeli military expedition.

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