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Why I am optimistic about Lebanon’s Future

"It was indeed a major opposition victory when Omar Karami's four-month-old government was pushed out of office. The government's resignation came just one day before a parliamentary session that would have seen a no-confidence motion come to a vote."

Syria’s last trump card

"...Hizballah has also acted independently of Syrian and Iranian interests, not always responding to Syrian demands. As peace negotiations between Syria and Israel opened in early 1996, Syrian wishes to calm down the Israeli-Lebanese border were initially heeded by Hizballah, and the Syrian government even started to speak openly about dismantling Hizballah. Not long after, however, Hizballah reinitiated incursions across the blue line."

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