The WikiLeaks State Department cables have to be giving some Arab leaders who quietly support Israeli aggression headaches.
Cables published by WikiLeaks on November 28 have clearly shown that Israel collaborates and is pleased with the Palestinian Authority, the junior partner in the occupation of the West Bank.
Today, the excellent Los Angeles Times blog “Babylon and Beyond” has a story highlighting WikiLeaks documents given in advance to a Lebanese media outlet (As’ad Abu Khalil at his excellent Angry Arab blog has more on this):
Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Murr told Americans the army would stay out of the way if Israel tried to wipe out Hezbollah, according to a secret March 2008 conversation revealed in a diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks.
[Updated at 7:53 a.m.: The cable originated from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and was sent to the State Department in Washington.]
“Making clear that he was not responsible for passing messages to Israel, Murr told us that Israel would do well to avoid two things when it comes for Hizbollah,” the cable read.
“One, it must not touch the Blue Line or the UNSCR 1701 areas as this will keep Hizbollah out of these areas,” the memo read, referring to the southern Lebanese area now patrolled by thousands of international troops.
“Two, Israel cannot bomb bridges and infrastructure in the Christian areas,” Murr was cited as saying.
In 2006, Israel waged a devastating war on Lebanon that resulted in “at least 1,109 Lebanese deaths, the vast majority of whom were civilians, 4,399 injured, and an estimated 1 million displaced,” according to Human Rights Watch.
The revelations that Murr, a Lebanese Christian, was giving Israel advice via American diplomats on how to defeat the Shi’a Hezbollah movement in an new, upcoming war is sure to raise even more tensions in the country.
These cables from WikiLeaks follow a growing sense of unease in Lebanon ahead of the expected indictments of Hezbollah members for the 2005 killing of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and Hezbollah’s vows to resist the indictments. There’s also, as always, murmurs of a new war between Israel and Hezbollah.