Den moderate israeliske författaren och fredsaktivisten Uri Avneri menar att det verkliga målet med angreppet i Libanon är att tillsätta en quislingdiktator där – USA:s inblandning i att fixa fram en ”revolution” och få Hariri jr till makten var inte tillräckligt resolut ur israelisk synvinkel. Han påminner om att armén också 1982 använde snacket om buffertzoner och raketer som kunde nå den ena eller andra staden som förevändning för en ockupation:
That resembles the 1982 “Operation Peace for Gallilee”. Then, the public and the Knesset were told that the aim of the war was to “push the Katyushas 40 km away from the border”. That was a deliberate lie. For 11 months before the war, not a single Katyusha rocket (nor a single shot) had been fired over the border. From the beginning, the aim of the operation was to reach Beirut and install a Quisling dictator. As I have recounted more than once, Sharon himself told me so nine months before the war, and I duly published it at the time, with his consent (but unattributed).Avneri skriver också om det som mycket sällan kommer fram i analyserna av Mellanösternkonflikten, nämligen vad krigslogiken gör med det israeliska samhället.
The idea of installing a Quisling in Lebanon is nothing new. In 1955, David Ben-Gurion proposed taking a “Christian officer” and installing him as dictator. Moshe Sharet showed that this idea was based on complete ignorance of Lebanese affairs and torpedoed it. But 27 years later, Ariel Sharon tried to put it into effect nevertheless. Bashir Gemayel was indeed installed as president, only to be murdered soon afterwards. His brother, Amin, succeeded him and signed a peace agreement with Israel, but was driven out of office. (The same brother is now publicly supporting the Israeli operation.)
If Olmert hopes to be seen as Mister Macho-Macho, a Sharon No. 2, he will be disappointed. The same goes for the desperate attempts of Amir Peretz to be taken seriously as an imposing Mister Security. Everybody understands that this campaign – both in Gaza and in Lebanon – has been planned by the army and dictated by the army. The man who makes the decisions in Israel now is Dan Halutz. It is no accident that the job in Lebanon has been turned over to the air force.Mellanösterns enda demokrati skrider till verket. Läs.