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The tank of an enemy who is no longer an enemy

Vladimir Putin has reportedly approved Israel’s request to return a tank captured by the Syrian army during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon

Diana Moukalled

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly approved Israel’s request to return a tank captured by the Syrian army during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

Media outlets affiliated with the resistance did not report this news or comment on it, though it garnered media interest in Russia and Israel.

There will be more coordination between the two countries which, during the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Russia, celebrates the 25th anniversary of restoring ties.

There is increased friendliness between Putin and Netanyahu. The latter requested the return of the tank because it is the only memory left for the families of Israeli soldiers who went missing during a battle with the Syrian army in Lebanon in 1982.

In the Syrian war, Israel is no longer an enemy even if it kills Hezbollah officials. It is so reassured that it requested the return of a tank due to its symbolism

Diana Moukalled

Lies

This ends all the lies about the resistance. The tank was seized by Syria, the leader of Arab resistance, which gave it to Putin so he can present it to Israel as a token of respect for its soldiers. This is happening while Hezbollah is fighting takfirist groups in Syria alongside Russia – groups that it says are backed by Israel.

Israel is also said to have had Russian support in assassination of Hezbollah leaders. Can things be more complicated than this? The shameful silence from the resistance, its media outlets and supporters is deafening.

The Syrian regime has ruled with an iron fist, all in the name of resisting Israel. Hezbollah has done the same in Lebanon, and is fighting in Syria also in the name of resisting Israel.

Yet in the Syrian war, Israel is no longer an enemy even if it kills Hezbollah officials. It is so reassured that it requested the return of a tank due to its symbolism. It is the tank of an enemy who is no longer an enemy.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Jun. 06, 2016.
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Diana Moukalled is the Web Editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television and was the Production & Programming Manager with at the channel. Previously, she worked there as Editor in Chief, Producer and Presenter of “Bilayan al Mujaradah,” a documentary that covers hot zones in the Arab world and elsewhere, News and war correspondent and Local news correspondent. She currently writes a regular column in AlSharq AlAwsat. She also wrote for Al-Hayat Newspaper and Al-Wasat Magazine, besides producing news bulletins and documentaries for Reuters TV. She can be found on Twitter: @dianamoukalled.

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