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Lebanon: Is Cheat-and-Retreat Back on the Menu? by Amir Taheri (Gatestone Inst.)

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Nov. 26, 2017

The tactic that Tehran used is known in diplomacy as “cheat-and-retreat”: When your back is to the wall, you sign whatever your adversaries want. And, because your adversaries do not have the same attention span, they will soon forget what you had signed. Then you can resume your shenanigans until the next crisis.

In the past three decades, the tactic has worked several times in saving Hezbollah.

The only concession that Iran has given is that, since 2006, it has not used Hezbollah for attacking Israel.

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