There's no denying now who Israel's neighbor to the North is. This will have serious consequences in the next Israeli-Lebanon war, which is almost certain to happen.
From news article:
Lebanon & Hezbollah Up the Stakes
December 2, 2009 - 2:51 PM | by: Michael Tobin
Lebanon's new government just took a game changing step in the event of another military conflict with Israel . It involves Hezbollah being folded into the Government of the new Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The Prime Minister answered Hezbollah’s demand and backed the groups’ demand to keep all of its weapons. Hezbollah says the weapons are for the purpose of deterring an Israeli invasion. This puts Lebanon in a conflict with the U.S. and French sponsored U.N. resolution 1559 – which calls for the disarmament of all groups in Lebanon other than the Army.
From Israel ’s perspective, it puts the Lebanese government in an alliance with the armed wing of Hezbollah. Mark Regev, spokesman for Israel ’s Prime Minister says, “Any attack from Hezbollah will be seen by Israel as an attack from the Lebanese state.” In the 2nd Lebanon war more than 1000 Lebanese were killed, most of them civilian. The damage to infrastructure was significant and more than 1 million Lebanese were displaced form their homes. According to Israel , these painful figures will only increase now if there is a 3rd Lebanon war because the entire state becomes a target.
I feel sorry for the normal Lebanese people who will pay an enormous price for their country being stolen by Iran and given up by Hariri, who is not much more than a traitor to Lebanon.