October 19, 2005


Beirut wants Palestinian bases out: Lebanon is nervous about armed pro-Syrian outposts as tensions rise with Syria. (Nicholas Blanford, 10/20/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

Many Lebanese blame the Palestinians for triggering Lebanon's 16-year civil war and are nervous that armed Palestinian groups continue to man about a dozen outposts at a time of tension between Beirut and Damascus.

Earlier this month, Lebanese and Palestinian officials agreed to form a committee to discuss the fate of the military camps. Beirut demands that the bases close and the Palestinian fighters return to refugee camps concentrated around Lebanon's coastal cities and towns.

Tuesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Paris to debate the fate of Palestinian arms in Lebanon, a discussion that only became possible following Syria's disengagement from its neighbor in April.

"We expressed our views that the presence of armed personnel and armaments outside the camps is not necessary and not helpful," Mr. Siniora said. "As for the presence of armed personnel within the camps, this is going to be looked at in order to organize it."

Mr. Abbas said Palestinians should remember that they are guests in Lebanon and are not above the law. The two leaders discussed the possibility of opening a Palestinian embassy in Beirut and improving conditions in the 12 established refugee camps, home to some 350,000 Palestinians.

It's going to be a rude awakening for Palestinians to find out the rest of the Arab world hates them more than it does the Jews.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2005 5:44 PM

Well, if they haven't figured that out by now . . .

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 19, 2005 7:28 PM

...and that their best friends are (and always have been) actually the Israelis.

(Might it just be that the shame pertaining to this is precisely the reason why Israel must be destroyed? Though, granted, there are some other really good reasons.)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at October 20, 2005 3:54 AM