In the most important meeting since the end of the Civil War, Lebanon’s leaders have agreed that the Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon not Syria.
The Shebaa is occupied by Israel. The UN and America insist the land is in Syria – that means Israel has completed its withdrawal from Lebanon as required by the UN.
Understandably, Syria, and most Lebanese factions say the land is in Lebanon – it provides a justification for Hizbollah to keep their arms, and for Lebanon to hold off on a peace deal with their southern neighbour.
That was always the vocal position of the Shia – the rest of Lebanon agreed by their silence.
But now they’ve put their cards on the table.
Walid Jumblatt was the only man to come into the meeting in disagreement. He brought maps in to prove the land was Syrian. This from the man who had been famed for a sickening anti-Semitic diatriabe that would have put Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinijad to shame.
But it seems he’s all out in the cold now. They’ve agreed the land is Lebanese, the Washington Post reported today. All they need to do is persuade the UN, one participant said.