Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has said that Israeli regime would not succeed in case it opts to launch a new military aggression against Lebanon.
Delivering a speech at the Chatham House think tank in London last week, Hariri downplayed the possibility of Israel waging another war on Lebanon, questioning what the Israeli military’s previous wars had accomplished. “Did Israeli attacks weaken Hezbollah?” he commented.
The remarks came four days after Hezbollah deputy secretary general said the Lebanese resistance movement’s arms capability has deterred Israel from aggression against Lebanon, stressing that “there is not a point in Israel not exposed to Hezbollah rockets.”
“Ever since 2006, Israel has been deterred by the ability of [Hezbollah],” Sheikh Naim Qassem said in an interview with Iranian Arabic-language al-Vefagh newspaper published on December 9, adding that all of Israel, “even Tel Aviv,” is subject to Hezbollah’s rockets.
Hariri noted that whilst Beirut does not want war, the Tel Aviv regime does not want peace.
“[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu doesn’t want peace. He wants a little piece of Lebanon, a little piece of Jordan and a little of Palestine,” the Lebanese premier-designate pointed out.
Hariri said that Lebanon wants peace based on Arab League decisions, “but do they [Israel] know what they want?”
“You open the news and see headlines like, ‘Lebanon has tunnels into Israel’ and some allegations that it’s Hezbollah,” he said, referring to a recent operation that the Israeli military has undertaken to block what it claims are tunnels Hezbollah has dug into occupied territories.
Hariri underscored that Israel violates Lebanon’s sovereignty on a daily basis.
“Have you ever heard of how many sorties into Lebanon or its international waters from Israel? Has anyone? Do you think this is fair?” he questioned.
He said that Israel conducted 150 incursions into Lebanon last month. “Do you think it’s fair for our international waters to be penetrated 10 to 20 times a month?”
Hariri concluded that Israel still occupies parts of Lebanon, namely Shebaa Farms.