By expressing Lebanon's desire to revive the 1949 Armistice Agreement with Israel, Saniora is taking the first step to normalizing relations with Israel - like Egypt and Jordan have done - and shielding Lebanon against the mud of the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. By doing so, he is pulling the rug from under Hezbollah's argument that it is a resistance movement, since by re-establishing Lebanon's relations with Israel within a legally-recognized and internationally-sanctioned framework, all pretexts of "occupation" and "resistance" are removed. If Lebanon's Muslims had accepted to take that step back in May 1983 when Lebanon and Israel were on the verge of signing an agreement based on the 1949 Armistice Agreement, Lebanon would not have gone through 25 more years of bloodshed and Syrian occupation, and Hezbollah would not be the threat it poses today.
Similarly, by demanding that Lebanon's relations with the Baathist enemy entity in Syria be normalized - demarcation of borders, clearing the Shebaa Farms lie once and for all, establishing diplomatic relations - Saniora is also rejecting the lies he himself and his late boss Rafik Hariri used to believe in (though dicks like Robert Fisk still do): Unity of path and destiny between Lebanon and Syria, one people in two states, Lebanon as a part of Syria, etc. This goes a long way towards affirming Lebanon's existence as as a sovereign nation, independent from any other pan-Arab, pan-Syrian, or pan-Islamic construct, and is a slap in the face of top Baathist criminal pimp Bashar Assad and Syrian whore-in-chief Buthaina Shaaban who run Syria and who are among the "network of criminals" identified by UN investigator Daniel Bellemare just yesterday. Finally, Saniora has decided to play it straight and stop sitting on the fence between a defunct and obsolete Arabism on one hand, and a clear Lebanese nationalism independent of any other attribute. If Lebanon's Muslims had stood by their own State and institutions in 1975, instead of siding with Yasser Arafat's PLO against their own country and their fellow Lebanese Christians, Lebanon would have been spared all the agony of the past 30 years.
In an address to Arab heads of state which was broadcast live on the eve of the Arab Summit currently convened in the Syrian capital of
Saniora also called for releasing Lebanese detainees held in Syrian jails, the demarcation of Lebanese-Syrian borders and normalizing relations between the two states, a reference to demands for setting up diplomatic ties between
On relations between
He pointed out the importance of border demarcation with