recognize no treaty with it, no cease fire, and no peace agreements, whether separate or consolidated.”
More recently, however, Hezbollah has been forced to compromise some of what could beinterpreted as its basic tenets. It has existed in a state of off-and-on conflict with Israel since the IDF pulled out of southern Lebanon in 2000, punctuated by short wars or incursions and periods of cease fires.A series of “understandings,” written or not, have been agreed upon by the two parties, such as those thatended Israel’s 1993 Operation Accountability invasion, or the 1996 Grapes of Wrath Understanding.During the 2006 July War, which will be discussed in slightly more detail later, Hezbollah officials werethe ones to request an unconditional ceasefire.
That war was ended with UN Resolution 1701 and aninternationally-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah, including mediation from the UnitedStates. The party refuses to use such terminology, but in effect it presently advocates for a two-statesolution to the issue of Palestinian sovereignty—as long as it can do so without officially recognizingIsrael’s right to exist.
This contradiction obviously makes their goal difficult to achieve, but it is at leastmore judicious and cogent than a policy of continual war with no possibility for peace. Also, it has beenwidely reported that Hassan Nasrallah himself admitted that an Islamic state in Lebanon would probablynever happen, and the party has made little note of that goal recently.
In fact, Hezbollah favors a moresecular state, as spiritual leader Sayyed Fadlallah stated as far back as 1998 that “the sectarian system bars the feeling of national unity" and leads to “short-sighted policies merely aimed at consolidating the powerbases for the governing elites and their client networks.”
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