Defining Victory: The Differing Goals of Israel and Hezbollah

Council on Foreign Relations:

Introduction

Israel and Hezbollah, combatants in Lebanon, have different tactical goals and different ways of positioning themselves to emerge from the current crisis and claim victory. Hezbollah is trying to increase its regional and international profile, and brand itself as the only group to successfully battle the mighty Israeli army. Israel seeks to stop Hezbollah’s daily launching of rockets at its territory, establish a buffer zone in southern Lebanon patrolled by an international force, and prevent Hezbollah from re-arming after the crisis. “Israel has to deal a knockout blow to Hezbollah’s capabilities, but Hezbollah just has to not lose,” says CFR Fellow Steven A. Cook. …[Read more]


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