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Lebanese Ex-Pres. Slams Hezbollah Attacks on Israel: ‘No Treaty with Gaza’

Former Lebanese President Michel Aoun condemned the country’s terrorist organization Hezbollah for its persistent attacks on Israel, saying, “No one party alone can make decisions in a conflict like this,” adding that Lebanon has Gaza and He pointed out that there is no obligation to protect Palestinians based in Gaza because “we do not have a treaty with Gaza.”

Aoun’s remarks were made in an interview with Lebanon’s OTV television station on Monday. report By Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

According to MEMRI, when asked what Lebanon’s limits are in a conflict with Israel and to what extent the Mediterranean country should participate in such a conflict, Aoun said: “Only a section of the Lebanese people can decide independently. “While the Lebanese people are suffering,” he emphasized. No other Lebanese are involved in this incident. ”

“The government is silent,” he said. “We have not taken a clear position. This reflects a sense of helplessness rather than determination.”

He also expressed opposition to “linking” the Lebanese and Gaza fronts, pointing out that “we do not have a treaty with Gaza” and that Lebanon “is not connected to Gaza by treaty”, while ” Maybe the Arab League did something.”

When asked that Hezbollah’s actions were “more of a preemptive move than an act of aid to Gaza,” Aoun dismissed it as “just an opinion.”

“There is no sign of that,” he said, adding: “In all likelihood, joining this war will only make things worse, not less likely.”

When asked who will ultimately decide on these issues, Aoun asserted that currently, “the people who are fighting are in charge of deciding.”

“Unless the Lebanese government takes a decision, those who participate in this war on behalf of the Lebanese people will make the decision,” he said.

“You can see it,” he added. “They are [the mediators] We are in contact with Hezbollah. ”

Aoun also insisted that all future discussions must be “on the Lebanese table.”

“No one party can decide on such disputes alone,” he argued. “We have a government that claims to be the ruler, but in reality it is not.”

The issue comes as Israel fights to dismantle Hamas after the unprecedented October 7 massacre, the worst attack on Jews since the Nazi Holocaust.

In a multi-pronged attack in October, about 3,000 terrorists rushed into Israel by land, sea and air and gunned down hundreds of attendees at an outdoor music festival, while others went door to door. Local towns were searched for Jewish men, women, and children. They were then subjected to torture, rape, execution, self-immolation, and kidnapping.

In this photo taken on October 22, 2023, during a media tour organized by the Israeli military, paper is placed outside an empty, bullet-riddled and burnt house in Kibbutz Beri, Israel, along the border with the Gaza Strip. and debris are scattered. The aftermath of the October 7 attack by Palestinian militants (Photo by Thomas COEX/AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

The massacre, which closely resembles the Holocaust during the Nazi era, left around 1,200 people dead and more than 5,300 injured within the Jewish state, and at least 241 hostages of all ages were taken, nearly 130 of whom remain in Gaza. ing. The majority of victims were civilians, including dozens of American citizens.

The next day, Hezbollah fired guided rockets and artillery shells at Israel in response to the Israeli-Hamas war that had begun the day before.

Since then, tensions in the region have significantly increased with escalating clashes between Israel and Hezbollah, leading to gun battles across the Lebanese-Israeli border and mass displacement.

hezbollah Lebanese Shia Islamist political parties and terrorist groups wield significant influence in Lebanon, effectively shaping Lebanon’s political and security landscape, and are often perceived as a state within a state. Its military strength has increased significantly, at times exceeding the capabilities of the Lebanese Army. With support from Iran and political support from Syria, the group expanded its activities beyond Lebanon and participated in the Syrian civil war, particularly with the Assad regime.

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) vehicles are seen in the village of Baghouz near the Iraq-Syria border in eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 11, 2019. The big picture as the battle against the last region continues. Jihadist of the Islamic State group (IS).  - Baghouz is the latest major frontline in Syria's complex civil war, which has killed more than 360,000 people since 2011. Beyond that, the Islamic State maintains a presence in the vast Badia Desert of eastern Syria and sleeper cells in the northeast.  (Photo: Delil souleiman/AFP) (Photo credit goes to DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP, Getty Images)

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) vehicles are seen in the village of Baghouz near the Iraq-Syria border in eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 11, 2019. The big picture as the battle against the last region continues. Jihadist of the Islamic State group (IS). – Baghouz is the latest major frontline in Syria’s complex civil war, which has killed more than 360,000 people since 2011. Beyond that, the Islamic State group maintains a presence in the vast Badia desert of eastern Syria and sleeper cells in the northeast. (Photo: Delil souleiman/AFP) (Photo credit goes to DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP, Getty Images)

As a result, it poses significant security concerns for Israel, and its relationship with the United States is contentious.

Hezbollah is designated as a terrorist organization by more than a dozen countries, including major Western countries, European Union member states, most members of the Arab League, and several international organizations.

The United States, along with several other countries and international organizations, has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization for its involvement in terrorist activities, including attacks against the United States, France, Israel, and other targets.

In 1983, Hezbollah bombed the Beirut Marine Barracks in Lebanon, killing 241 American servicemen. This attack was one of the worst attacks on America before 9/11.

Then-President Donald Trump spoke at a White House event commemorating the 35th anniversary of the attack in 2018. said “Other than Al Qaeda, no other terrorist group has as much American blood in its veins.”

Last week, Lebanese terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah said: claimed Hezbollah attacks have displaced 100,000 Israelis and could leave another 2 million homeless, the latest in an escalating series of threats against the Jewish state from Beirut since October 7. became.

For four years, Lebanon has been suffering from an economic crisis marked by shortages of fuel, medicine and basic goods, and the country’s financial system has been brought to a standstill after a staggering 95% drop in the value of the local currency. . With 75% of the population living in poverty, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the country could slide into hyperinflation unless urgent action is taken.

Additionally, Lebanon has been without a president since Aoun’s term ended in October 2022, as parliament has not yet chosen a successor.

In October, Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister and Economy Minister Amin Salam said: warned He said a war with Israel would plunge Lebanon into a “dark age” and that a “fragile” country hit by a crisis “cannot afford a war.”

He said even a “small escalation” would cost Lebanon “a very high price.”

Middle East analyst and commentator Caroline Glick, December warned The Biden administration has proposed “defeating Israel” in northern Israel, effectively “standing with Hezbollah against Israel,” strengthening Hezbollah and potentially threatening both Israel and the United States. He points out a solution to the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

Joshua Klein is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email jklein@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter @Joshua Klein.

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