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Prof. Eyal Zisser: Although Israel Did Not Achieve All Its Goals, Hezbollah Has Suffered Major Setback

Foreign Troops & Lebanese Army Have No Intention Of Disarming Hezbollah

Israel Should Take Syrian President Bashar Assads threats Very Seriously

Syrian President Bashar Assad

What are the chances for the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will be fully implemented? And how serious are this weeks implied threats by Syrian President Bashar Assad to take the Golan Heights by force? Professor Eyal Zisser presented his assessment on these and other issues in an interview with David Essing:

I doubt very much that UNIFIL foreign or the Lebanese army will make any effort to disarm Hezbollah - thats the view of Prof Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University.


The U.N. ceasefire resolution calls for Hezbollah from being barred from the Israeli border area and its eventual disarming. However, Prof. Zisser says the new reality in south Lebanon is the only hope for preventing Hezbollah from making a big comeback and again threatening Israel. Its Shiite supporters have been hit hard during the war so Hezbollah may back off. The Middle East expert believes the organization needs time to recover but if they wish, Hezbollah will ignore both UNIFIL and the Lebanese army.

Prof. Eyal Zisser

Professor Eyal Zisser is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, both at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Zisser wrote extensively on the history and the modern politics of Syria and Lebanon and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Should Israel consider a new Hezbollah buildup to be a casus belli? Yes, says Prof. Zisser, otherwise Israel gains no benefit from the war. Although Hezbollah claims victory it was defeated in south Lebanon even if it made some achievements. If Israel allows it rebuild its military infrastructure, Hezbollah will be ready for another round in a few years.

How seriously should Israel take the beligerent comments by Syrian President Bashar Assad about opening another front on the Golan Heights?

Prof. Zisser believes Israel should take Assads threats very seriously. He goes on to say that Arab states in the region fear the radicals and mainly Iran. Although people in the streets may support Hezbollah, Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, the regimes and elites do not. They consider it to be a struggle between Iran and the Arab world. They are worried that Iraq as well as Syria and Lebanon could be lost. The post-war assessment of Professor Eyal Zisser.

David Essing

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