MideastWeb Middle East Web Log

log  archives  middle east  maps  history   documents   countries   books   encyclopedia   culture   dialogue   links    timeline   donations 


Disillusion - Seniora says Lebanon will be last country to make peace with Israel


It was nice while it lasted. For a while there, it looked like Lebanese PM Fuad Seniora might be hinting at a peace offer to Israel. Bloggers like Andrew Sullivan got all excited.

Israeli officials responded quickly, and repeated their hopes for peace again. But Seniora wasn't interested in peace. He said:

"Let it be clear, we are not seeking any agreement until there is just and comprehensive peace based on the Arab initiative," he said.

This was in response to PM Olmert's earlier statements, and the one he made today, stating that a cease-fire would be:

"a cornerstone to build a new reality between Israel and Lebanon."

Seniora isn't haviing any. Just to make sure everyone got the message, he also said:

Lebanon will be the last Arab country that could sign a peace agreement with Israel"

That upsets a venerable Israeli foreign relations adage, which claimed that Lebanon would be the second Arab country (well ok, the third) to make peace with Israel.

Fuad Seniora heads the "fragile" Lebanese "democracy" that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is trying so hard to support. Perhaps if American and French support for Seniora was somewhat less unconditional, maybe if the UN prodded him a bit, and maybe if everyone provided him with better insulation from "sister Syria, he might possibly be a bit more inclined to make peace with Israel.

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Ami Isseroff

If you like this post - click to Reddit!
add to del.icio.usAdd to digg - digg it

Original text copyright by the author and MidEastWeb for Coexistence, RA. Posted at MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log at http://www.mideastweb.org/log/archives/00000503.htm where your intelligent and constructive comments are welcome. Distributed by MEW Newslist. Subscribe by e-mail to mew-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please forward by email with this notice and link to and cite this article. Other uses by permission.

by Moderator @ 08:18 PM CST [Link]


Middle East e-Zine

Midde East News

Opinion Digest

Late Updates


Middle East Glossary

Middle East Maps

Middle East Books

Middle East Documents

Israel-Palestine History

Israel-Palestine Timeline

Middle East Countries

Middle East Economy

Middle East Population

Middle East Health

Zionism History

Palestinian Parties

Palestinian Refugees

Peace Plans


Middle East


Blog Links

OneVoice - Israeli-Palestinian Peace Blog

Bravo411 -Info Freedom

Israel News


Michael Brenner

Dutchblog Israel

Dutch - IMO (Israel & Midden-Oosten) Blog (NL)



Alas, a Blog

Little Green Footballs

Blue Truth

Fresno Zionism

Reut Blog

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Blog

Simply Jews: Judaism and Israel

Jeff Weintraub - Commentaries and Controversies

Vital Perspective


Meretz USA Weblog


MIDEAST observer

On the Contrary

Blogger News Network- BNN

Google Sex Maps

Demediacratic Nation

Realistic Dove

Tulip - Israeli-Palestinian Trade Union Assoc.

On the Face

Israel Palestjnen (Dutch)

Middle East Analysis

Israel: Like This, As If

Middle East Analysis

Mid_East Journal

Z-Word Blog

Dvar Dea

SEO for Everyone

Web Sites & Pages

Israeli-Palestinian Procon

End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: One Voice


ATFP- American Task Force on Palestine

Americans For Peace Now

Shalom Achshav

Chicago Peace Now


Peacechild Israel

Bridges of Peace


Israeli-Palestinian Conflict



Zionism and Israel

Zionism and Israel on the Web

Israel - Palestina:Midden-Oosten Conflict + Zionisme

IsraŽl in de Media

Euston Manifesto

New Year Peace


Christian Zionism

Jew Hate

Space Shuttle Blog

Israel News Magazine


My Ecosystem Details
International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

Link 2 us
We link 2 U.
MidEastWeb- Middle East News & Views
MidEastWeb is not responsible for the content of linked Web sites

Replies: 3 comments

How could any country that has been the victim the humiliating war criminal attack that Israel has visited on Lebanon possibly want peace with her? Perhaps if the United States supported Israel less unconditionally, and Israel were less interested in controlling Lebanon's water and destroying it as an economic competitor, Lebanon could consider peace. The Lebanese are human beings, which you seem to forget.

Your tears Amy Isseroff are crocodile tears.

Posted by George Joseph @ 08/30/2006 10:43 PM CST

Ok Ami, Tomorrow, just for you and your war mongering Israeli buddies,the US will break Seniora's legs nad make him cry for his mommy while chanting a thousand apologies for not smiling while he was taking it up the arse from you people. Will that make you happy?? We support the Lebaneese government because it is a stepping stone tword democracy in the region. Democracy, something your people aren't too keen on either. AIPAC asked the US to shut down an Iranian site why? Because they were practicing what we here in the US like to call, freedom of speech. Unlike you Ami, most of us Americans value truth and our freedoms, even if we don't like how someone else expresses those freedoms. We also know compassion for our enemies. There are few of us in the US that hold contempt for the Iraqi people. We know we F'd up. Take the blinders off and gaze upon your handy work. Israel F'd up...no matter how you turn or twist it.

Posted by OMFG @ 08/30/2006 11:53 PM CST

This seems to be based on a misreading of Seniora's original comments.

My understanding of what he said was that if ISRAEL used its collective head and decided to pursue the path of negotiations rather than violence then there could be peace. I would guess on the basis that this latest orgy of violence actually achieved none of Israel's aims. He place the onus on Israel to learn the lessons and make the peace offer - based I would guess on the recent Arab League proposals.

He would certainly not be about to negotiate a separate peace treaty with Israel under the present conditions.

Incidentally, it seems Nasrallah has appeared on Lebanese TV saying that Hezbollah would not have grabbed the soldiers if they had known what would result. No doubt that was partially aimed at mollifying non-Shi'ite Lebanese, but an interesting admission all the same and far from the usual Arab braggadocio.

Posted by Spike @ 09/01/2006 12:59 PM CST

Please do not leave notes for MidEastWeb editors here. Hyperlinks are not displayed. We may delete or abridge comments that are longer than 250 words, or consist entirely of material copied from other sources, and we shall delete comments with obscene or racist content or commercial advertisements. Comments should adhere to Mideastweb Guidelines . IPs of offenders will be banned.

Powered By Greymatter

[Previous entry: "Urgent need for peace education: Teaching hate in Gaza"] Main Index [Next entry: "The Middle East Policy Paralysis Paradox"]


Thank you for visiting MidEastWeb - Middle East.
If you like what you see here, tell others about the MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log - www.mideastweb.org/log/.

Contact Us


Editors' contributions are copyright by the authors and MidEastWeb for Coexistence RA.
Please link to main article pages and tell your friends about MidEastWeb. Do not copy MidEastWeb materials to your Web Site. That is a violation of our copyright. Click for copyright policy.
MidEastWeb and the editors are not responsible for content of visitors' comments.
Please report any comments that are offensive or racist.

Editors can log in by clicking here

Technorati Profile

RSS FeedRSS feed Add to Amphetadesk Add to Amphetadesk

USA Credit Card - Donate to MidEastWeb  On-Line - Help us live and grow