The original Hizbullah programme, published on February 16 1985, stated that their struggle will end only when the “Zionist entity” is obliterated. It continued, “we recognise no treaty with it, no ceasefire and no peace agreements, whether separate or consolidated”. This has neither been renounced nor published on any Hizbullah website, which projects a parliamentary imagery instead. Unless it makes an ideological compromise, the initiatives of Tony Blair and the UN will be meaningless. Clearly, the only way out is for Hizbullah to give up its military ambitions and to become solely a political party.
Dr Colin Shindler
SOAS, University of London