August 1, 2006


Zionist Designs on Lebanon:
Setting the Record Straight on
Israel's Involvement in Lebanon


By Dr. Ismail Zayid

Zionist designs on
Lebanon are longstanding. At the Versailles Peace Conference, in Paris, in 1919, the World Zionist Organisation submitted its official plan for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. The submitted map included the entire area of Palestine, the Southern part of Lebanon to the Litani River, the Syrian Golan Heights and the East Bank of the Jordan River, to the railway line. This design explains clearly the continuing expansionist Zionist programme which, so far, has accomplished the control of all of Palestine and the Golan Heights.

These designs on
Lebanon were formulated with the intent of creating dissension amomngst the religious groups in Lebanon. This was clearly enunciated in the statement by David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, who wrote in his diaries, on May 21,1948:

" The Achilles heel of the Arab coalition is the
Lebanon. Muslim supremacy in this country is artificial and can easily  be overthrown. A Christian State ought to be set up there, with its southern frontier on the River Litani. We would sign a treaty of alliance with this state. Then, when we have broken the strength of the Arab Legion and bombed Amman, we would wipe out Transjordan; after that Syria would fall. And if Egypt still dared to make war on us, we would bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo. we should thus end the war and would have put paid to Egypt, Assyria and Chaldea on behalf of our ancestors." { "The Armed Prophet" By Michael BarZohar.P.139}

These designs continued to be the operating scheme of the Zionist movement, as reflected in the following statements by
Israel's leaders:

" Perhaps... now is the time to bring about the creation of a Christian state in our neighbourhood. Without our initiative and our vigorous aid this will not be done. It seems to me that this is the central duty, or at least one of the central duties, of our foreign policy.....We must act in all possible ways to bring about radical change in Lebanon......The goal will not be reached without a restriction of Lebanon's borders." {Ben Gurion to Prime Minister Moshe Sharett,  in a letter dated
27 Feb. 1954.}

In his reply to Ben Gurion's letter, Sharett wrote,
March 18, 1954: " The transformation of Lebanon in a Christian state as a result of outside initiative is unfeasible today. Today, because I don't exclude the possibility of accomplishing this aim in the wake of shocks that will sweep the Middle East and bring about changes......In present conditions, I am afraid that any such attempt on our part will be considered as lightheadedness and superficiality, or worse as an adventurous speculation upon the wellbeing and existence of others."

Sharett wrote later in his diaries, May 16,1955: " According to Dayan the only thing that is necessary is to find an officer, be he just a major. We should either conquer his heart or buy him with money, to make him agree to declare himself the saviour of the Maronite population . Then, the Israeli army will enter
Lebanon, will occupy the necessary territory and will create a Christian regime which will ally itself with Israel. The territory from the litani southward will be totally annexed to Israel."

Sharett wrote again in his diaries, on May 28, 1955: " The Chief of Staff [Dayan]  continues to insist that we should hire a [Lebanese]  officer who will accept to serve as a puppet so that the [Israeli] army may 'respond' to his appeal to 'liberate Lebanon from its Moslem oppressors'".

These Zionist expansionist designs continued after the Israeli war of aggression in 1967, occupying Sinai, the
Golan Heights, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Moshe Dayan, Minister of Defense, stated [as quoted in "The Times" of London, on June 25, 1969] : " Our fathers had reached the frontiers which were recognised in the Partition Plan. Our generation reached the frontiers of 1949. Now the Six-Day generation have managed to reach Suez, Jordan and the Golan Heights. This is not the end. After the present ceasefire lines, there will be new ones. They will extend beyond Jordan, perhaps to Lebanon and perhaps to central Syria as well."

Thus we see clearly the expansionist designs articulated by
Israel's leaders, who will be looking for pretexts to effect them. Thus the attack on the Tel Aviv bus, on March 12, 1978, was used to invade Lebanon in 1978 and occupy South Lebanon to the litani River, and the use of a Lebanese officer, a Major, was then used. Again the attack by Abu Nidal group, on June 5, 1982, on an Israeli diplomat in London was again used to invade Lebanon in June 1982, in the war called "Peace for Galillee". Israel was claiming that this was to secure peace for the Galillee from Palesinian attacks. Yet in fact the P.L.O had signed a ceasefire agreement eleven months earlier and complied with it, and no attacks on Israel were carried out. But the expansionist designs on Lebanon needed achievement, and any pretext would serve Israel's designs.

Thus, again, we see the capture of the two Israeli soldiers by Hizbullah on
July 12, 2006, is being used to invade Lebanon and demolish its infrastructure, murdering hundreds of innocent civilians so as to control South Lebanon to the Litani River, as designed as far back as 1919.

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Dr. Ismail Zayid is a Palestinian displaced in 1967. He lives in
Halifax, Nova Scotia.