Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It Really Is All About Occupation

It's almost a farce the way, regardless of what question she's asked, Hanan Ashrawi always deflects the question by crying "occupation, occupation, occupation."

I must now admit she's right, at least from the perspective of Hezbollah as given in an Associated Press story I read today.

According to the AP, "Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Monday his group possesses an arsenal of rockets that can reach all of Israel, including Tel Aviv."

The AP then quoted Nasrallah as saying "We could absolutely reach any corner and any point in occupied Palestine."

Yes, occupation is the problem, but it's not the so-called occupation of the disputed territories Israel captured from Jordan or Egypt during the Six Day War, but the occupation of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and all the other cities within the Green Line.

Nasrallah considers all of Israel as occupied territory; for him, Israeli occupation is synonymous with Israeli existence.

(The story was about an interview aired by Al-Jazeera and Al-Manar in which Nasrallah was boasting about Hezbollah's rearming in violation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1701.)

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