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Despite all the Arab love toward Israel, I still have big reservations: I don’t trust them at all. The other Arab countries don’t have any direct conflict with them, whereas there is blood between us, there is also disputed territory (Shebaa) and disputed economic territory (gas in the med and ability for us to build dams and make use of our water). We need a strong state for sure, but we also need strength to allow us to maintain our rights.I think peace would be more feasible if Lebanon had a stronger state too, because as long as Lebanon has an extremely weak state, Lebanon's fate isn't controlled by its own people, but by the rulers of other countries, most importantly Iran.
As long as Iran has a hardline government that is vehemently anti-Israel, and that government has enough money to fund Hezbollah, and Hezbollah can use that money (in part) to be the strongest political party in Lebanon, peace between Lebanon and Israel is impossible.
To me, Iran's determination to "erase Israel" is indisputable. Look at what Iran did in Syria, where it propped up with >$15 billion dollars a brutal, corrupt secular Arab dictator in a war which killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims and ruined millions of lives just to maintain a strategic position which it could use in a future war against Israel.
Although I think the dominant foreign power determining Lebanon's future relationship with Israel is Iran, on the other hand, I think if more Muslim & Arab countries recognized Israel it would start to make Lebanon conspicuous as a rejectionist state. Like, if Saudi Arabia recognized Israel, wouldn't it raise the confidence of Israel-accepting Lebanese to ask in public "Why not us?"