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  • It's a start but I don't think Lebanon is anywhere near "integrating" Palestinians yet.

    Is Lebanon Finally Integrating Palestinians?
    By Andrew Lee Butters / Beirut Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

    The tentative steps taken by the Lebanese parliament are certainly a recognition that Palestinians have stopped their destructive meddling in Lebanese politics. In the 1970s, when the Palestine Liberation Organization regrouped in Lebanon after a failed coup attempt against King Hussein of Jordan, they essentially took over the Lebanese state, helping to spark the country's 15-year civil war and the Israeli invasion of 1982. But since the end of the civil war in 1990, Palestinians have not only stayed out of Lebanese politics, they've largely refrained from using Lebanese territory to stage armed attacks against Israel. And they've even kept the Palestinian civil war between Hamas and Fatah out of the Lebanese camps. In a notable contrast with the situation in the 1970s, in 2008, when Lebanon seemed poised at a new civil war as Shi'ite and Sunni militias clashed on the streets of Beirut, the Palestinian camps stayed quiet.

    But the Lebanese government's moves also mark a recognition that there may be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the foreseeable future. Lebanon's politicians have long held off dealing with the status of the Palestinians there, hoping that eventually it would become part of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. In some ways, this has been a cynical strategy. The Lebanese have been wary of giving up a major negotiating point before they have even reached the bargaining table, and they are likely to want something big — like relief from the country's massive public debt — from Israel or the U.S. in return for any major concession toward integrating the Palestinians into the country's economic life. At one point during the 1990s, when postwar Lebanon was rebuilding and the peace process was steaming ahead, a solution had seemed within reach. But in the 10 years since the Oslo process collapsed in 2000, hopes for a solution have reached their lowest ebb. Rather than peace, the region seems poised on the brink of a major new war. Times LINK
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    • It's also interesting how the Palestinians has managed to control & keep the Hamas/Fatah civil war out of Lebanon refugee camps but not Gaza or the West Bank.
      "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

      "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." ~ Bruce Lee

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      • True there is that. But I think that is more Hezbollah's influence more then anything else. Robert
        For the first time I have seen "History" at close quarters,and I know that its actual process is very different from what is presented to Posterity. - WWI General Max Hoffman

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