1954: 'Diabolic plans' to 'Christianize' Lebanon

Israel's strategy to partition Lebanon
"The lives of Jewish victims also had to be sacrificed to create provocations justifying subsequent reprisals"

Editor's note: Israel's aggression into southern Lebanon is the latest in a 58-year string of such territorial invasions and "incursions" - the objective of which is the take-over of the entire Arabic region of West Asia, along with its natural resources and strategic waterways, by the State of Israel on behalf of the imperialist powers. Israel previously invaded Lebanon in 1948, 1978, and 1982 until it was driven out by the Lebanese resistance in May 2000. This excerpt from the Dossier on Palestine (2003, shunpiking magazine) illuminates Zionist designs on Lebanon and its people as spelled out in 1954 in Israeli documents.

ISRAEL threatened force against Lebanon to prevent it from using its own water from the Litani River to develop its southern region. The threats were made to US President Eisenhower's envoy, Eric Johnson, during a meeting on water issues in 1953.

Moshe Sharett who shared the prime-ministership with Ben Gurion, was forced out of office when he refused to go along with the latter's "diabolic plans" for the creation of an inter-Lebanese conflict which would guarantee the partition of the country. He detailed these plans in his diary [1]. As Livia Rokach relates in her book Israel's Sacred Terrorism:

"Sharett's diary provides the entire documentation of how in 1954 Ben Gurion developed the diabolic plans to 'Christianize' Lebanon, i.e., to invent and create from scratch the inter-Lebanese conflict, and of how a detailed blueprint for the partition and subordination of that country was elaborated by Israel more than fifteen years before the Palestinian presence became a political factor.

"Already in February 1954 Ben Gurion proposed a large Israeli operation to dismember the Lebanese state and to establish a Maronite-Christian state in one of its parts. Extended discussions were held... Ben Gurion explicated the plan at length in a letter to Sharett, and Sharett answered in a long letter in which he opposed the plan vehemently. Ben Gurion was ready to invest large sums in bribing Christian leaders in Lebanon... the chief of staff supported the plan of buying a Lebanese army officer, who would be a puppet, and who would make it seem that the intervention of the Israeli army would be in response to his call for the liberation of Lebanon from Muslim subjugation. In the eyes of today's reader this plan seems an accurate blueprint for what took place in Lebanon after that - the civil war, the establishment of the Maronite enclave of Major Sa'ad Haddad and labeling it 'free Lebanon.'

May, 1955 - At a secret cabinet meeting, Sharett quotes Dayan as saying that the "only thing necessary is to find an officer, even just a major. We should either win his heart, or buy him with money, to make him agree to declare himself the savior of the Maronite population. Then the Israeli army will enter Lebanon, occupy the necessary territory, and will create a Christian regime which will ally itself with Israel. The territory from the Litani southward will be totally annexed to Israel, and everything will be all right." [2]
"A hammering daily propaganda, controlled by the censors was directed to feed the Israeli population with images of the monstrosity of the enemy."

"Moshe Dayan, then Israel's Chief of Staff, explained why Israel needed to reject any border security arrangement of Arab states, or by the United Nations, as well as by the formal security guarantees suggested by the United States. Such guarantees, he predicted, might "tie Israel's hands... As Dayan admitted... much anxiety had to be generated... The lives of Jewish victims also had to be sacrificed to create provocations justifying subsequent reprisals, especially in those periods in which the Arab governments succeeded in controlling the reactions of the harassed and enraged Arab border populations. A hammering daily propaganda, controlled by the censors was directed to feed the Israeli population with images of the monstrosity of the enemy."


1 Sharett's diary was published posthumously by his son, despite a campaign of physical threats and legal confrontation by the Zionists. (Livia Rokach, Israel's Sacred Terrorism: A Study based on ex-Prime Minister Moshe Sharett's Diary [Belmont, Mass: Association of Arab-American University Graduates, 1986. 3rd Edition], pp 22-27)

2 Council of National Interest, Middle East Research Institute

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