Krauss on Hezbollah Claims to Shebaa Farms

Transferring a northern extremity of the Golan known as Shebaa Farms to Lebanon as a result of Hezbollah pressure to change the 2000 UN "Blue Line" border demarcation between Israel and Lebanon would result in a political precedent with harmful implications, according to Professor Michael Krauss, who discusses the issue in a TCS Daily op-ed.

Down on the Farms, TCS Daily, September 19, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.

"When then Prime Minister Ehud Barak withdrew Israeli troops from Lebanon in 2000, the UN painstakingly demarcated the border between Israel and Lebanon -- for the first time ever -- in consultation with authorities on both sides. This international border became known as the 'Blue Line.' During the entire exhaustive process, Hezbollah did not make any claim to Shebaa Farms (known to Israelis as Mount Dov, after an Israeli captain killed by Hezbollah terrorists at that location in 1970). Only after the process was finished, that is, after Israel and Lebanon, with UN sanction, agreed that the Blue Line had been properly drawn north of Shebaa Farms, did Hezbollah claim this territory for Lebanon.

"The pretext was clear: after 2000, 'liberating' Shebaa Farms and 'reuniting' the area with Lebanon became Hezbollah's excuse for holding onto its weapons in defiance of numerous UN resolutions; after other militias in Lebanon had disarmed following the civil war. Many, if not most, Lebanese recognized this as bogus propaganda. But Hezbollah and its Iranian and Syrian patrons needed (and still need) some way, any way, to justify keeping these terrorist brigades around."

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