NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR EXPLAIN SHEBAA FARMS “DISPUTE”

September 19, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law discuss the “dispute” surrounding the Shebaa Farms (also known as Mount Dov) area of the Golan Heights captured by Israel from Syria during the “Six Day War” of 1967 and claimed for Lebanon by the terrorists of Hezbollah.

According to the professors: “After 2000, ‘liberating’ Shebaa Farms and ‘reuniting’ the area with Lebanon became Hezbollah’s excuse for holding onto its weapons in defiance of numerous [United Nations] resolutions, after other militias in Lebanon had disarmed following the civil war. Many, if not most, Lebanese recognized this as bogus propaganda. But Hezbollah and its Iranian and Syrian patrons needed and needs some way, any way, to justify keeping these terrorist brigades around—and now, [UN Security Council] Resolution 1701, in its tenth paragraph has given this charade a ‘legal’ basis .”

The essay by the two professors, “Down on the Farms,” can be accessed online by clicking here.