Analysis: Fallout from Israel meeting shows militia power in Libya

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Libya-Israel Relations


Last month’s meeting between the Libyan and Israeli foreign ministers may ultimately achieve little but provide public justification for renewed fighting between Tripoli’s armed groups and the weakening, perhaps critically, of Libya’s interim prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, analysts have said. ... “The militias predate Dbeibah, they’re confident they’ll exist long after him,” said Jalel Harchaoui of the Royal United Services Institute. “There’s no need for any great vision. They’ve learned that the long term is really just a series of short terms." ... “Since their inception, they’ve become institutionalised. They’ve become part of the state, its services, its intelligence, everything,” he added.