By Behold Israel, Sep 4, 2019
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri claims no responsibility for the actions of Hezbollah within Lebanon; Hariri: Look, Hezbollah is not a Lebanese problem — only — it is a regional problem; Israel will not distinguish between Lebanon and Hezbollah; Katz: What happened in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War, where Israel distinguished between Lebanon and Hezbollah, won’t happen again.
In light of the recent activity taking place between Israel and Lebanon, PM Saad Hariri has publicly stated that Lebanon should in no way be held responsible for the actions of Hezbollah. On Tuesday, he made his attempt to distinguish between the two, though the headquarters for the Iranian-backed terrorist group resides in his capital city of Beirut.
After stating that Hezbollah is not only a Lebanese problem, but rather, a regional problem, PM Hariri said, “Israel wants to have… this scenario that Lebanon is responsible, with what Netanyahu says, and if you want to buy it, buy it. But he knows and the international community knows that this is not true”. Interestingly enough, he’s not wrong when he says that Hezbollah is a “regional problem”. Iran has been expanding and funding their terror proxies all over the Middle East for some time. Hariri even admitted just how widespread the terror organization is, in that, they have members in the Lebanese parliament.
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned the regime that history is not on their side and that Israel won’t be fooled, stating, “What happened in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War, where Israel distinguished between Lebanon and Hezbollah, won’t happen again…Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has the potential to go down in history as the destroyer of Lebanon. Our doctrine right now is that Lebanon equals Hezbollah”. If history shows us anything, it’s that Israel’s enemies have a habit of denying personal responsibility for anything, so they can’t ever be too safe.
Last week, Washington placed sanctions on four individuals in Lebanon who they believe to be moving money for Hezbollah, as well as Jammal Trust Bank, the “bank of choice” for the organization. PM Hariri claims to be in approval of the sanctions, though he wishes they didn’t have to be a reality.