Israel-Lebanon Conflict

Drone shot down over Israel was ours, says Hezbollah leader Nasrallah

A Palestinian man in a shop in Gaza watches Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's speech, broadcast by the group's Al-Manar TV. Photo: Xinhua

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, declared that his fighters had assembled and piloted a drone that flew 55 kilometres into Israel.

He called Saturday's flight an unprecedented achievement in "the history of the resistance".

Saturday, 13 October, 2012, 4:19am

Waltz with Bashir

When the Israeli film Waltz with Bashir took its bow at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, praise followed. There were glowing reviews of how director Ari Folman made good use of animation to fit in with the hallucinatory nature of the film's narrative, which revisits his real-life struggle to remember his experiences as part of the Israeli forces invading Lebanon in 1982.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel

A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel by Thanassis Cambanis Free Press, HK$216

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

The role of technology in wars

Modern technology has changed our lives, making everything so much more convenient. But, technology is not all good news, as we saw in the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

24 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Hezbollah's long, deadly shadow

Is there peace, at last, between Israel and Lebanon? Or just a pause in a wider battle by militant Islamists who will never accept that Israel has a right to exist as a sovereign state? These questions resonate in Asia, where many countries - including China, India and Japan - recognise Israel and have diplomatic relations with it.

25 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Israel must weigh the risks of war or peace

Israel enjoyed unprecedented support from its principal allies when it launched its recent offensive against Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon.

19 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The distant drums of war

Is there a new international threat brewing with the rise of Shi'ite Iran and Hezbollah? For us living on this side of the world, the Middle East may be physically far away, but the fact is that wars there have a global impact.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The war for hearts and minds

In 1935, the world was edging towards global war, driven by an aggressive axis of military powers seeking control of strategic resources. As he watched events unfold, the Bulgarian communist Georgi Dimitrov penned a useful definition of fascism: 'unbridled chauvinism and predatory war'.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Is the UN up to the task of peacemaker?

If the UN Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in Lebanon is to work, much will depend on the effectiveness of the UN force entrusted with implementing it. But previous experience hardly makes one optimistic that it will have either the authority or the trust to do the job.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

World powers must not let Lebanese ceasefire fail

Guns should fall silent across Lebanon today as a UN Security Council-negotiated ceasefire to bring almost five weeks of fighting between Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerillas takes effect.

14 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Siniora the man in the middle between Hezbollah and Israel

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora evoked little sympathy from Israeli leaders when he wept on Monday over the rampant devastation caused by Israel's nearly month-old military onslaught in his country.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Both Israel and Hezbollah must rethink their actions

I was a student and volunteer with the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) in Lebanon in 1974 , after the attacks by Israel on the refugee camps in Beirut. I worked in one of the many Christian villages in Lebanon, which was basically a Christian country delicately balancing Christian and Islamic interests.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Lessons from Lebanon

There was little Beijing could do after Israeli bombs killed a Chinese UN observer in southern Lebanon. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said that 'the Middle East people's blood should stop flowing', but those were about as strong as his words got.

For China, the event echoed the American attack on the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia, during Nato bombing in 1999.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Enforce UN resolutions: Barak

Israel's most decorated soldier, former prime minister Ehud Barak, says there is only one way to end the war against Hezbollah: enforcement of UN resolutions.

Mr Barak said military operations would stop militias from firing rockets at his country, but Lebanon's government held the key to peace. It was unwilling to disarm Hezbollah, so the world community had to force action.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Military fears being dragged into a long occupation

The suggestion that Israel's military is about to embark on a wider ground campaign in Lebanon raises the question - why has it taken so long?

For a nation that laid low the armies of three neighbouring countries in six days in 1967, armies with hundreds of thousands of soldiers and large air forces, Israel's campaign has been puzzling.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

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