Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

If politics is the art of the possible, then the impact of the Kahan Commission Report has to be understood as “beyond politics,” Israel’s final victory in the Lebanon war is not the expulsion of the PLO or even the extension of its sovereign reach to challenge Lebanese territorial and political independence. The full measure of Israel’s victory is rather its vindication, despite all, as a moral force in the region—as a superior state, especially as compared to its Arab rivals.

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Richard Falk "The Kahan Report: Banishing the Palestinian Ordeal," Middle East Report 115 (June 1983).
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