BEIRUT (Dispatches) – A high-ranking official with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for "peace” between the Zionist regime and Palestinians, dubbed "the deal of the century,” stating that the initiative obliges the Palestinians to bequeath their own land.
"The so-called deal of the century was a stillborn plan ever since it was released [in late January], because it is unilateral and part of the international injustice campaign against Palestinians. Palestinians’ united front together with international consensus will frustrate the proposal,” Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said as he addressed a virtual forum called "United against the Deal of the Century and Annexation Plan”.
"Since the Occupation set foot on the land of Palestine, with British sponsorship and supervision, division has been pervasive, and Palestine and the entire region has lived in a state of turmoil, confrontation, aggression and criminality,” he said.
The senior Hezbollah official added, "It has been the resistance of the Palestinian people and the sacrifices of their martyrs and fighters that have prevented the demarcation of the borders of the usurping regime, and safeguarded the rights of Palestinian generations.”
"It is now a proven fact that Israel does not have the ability to survive, and that its existence depends merely on international injustice and support of the United States and major powers,” Sheikh Qassem added.
Sheikh Qassem then called for unison among all Palestinian political factions, saying "Israel cannot achieve what it wants when the ultimate goal is to resist occupation and liberate Palestine.”
The deal of the century envisions al-Quds as "Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the occupying regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley. The plan also denies Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland, among other controversial terms.
Trump’s plan has triggered waves of protest around the globe.
Sheikh Qassem also underlined that Hezbollah has greatly developed its defense capabilities since the Zionist regime’s military’s 33-day war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006, and that the occupying regime is well aware of the fact and avoids any new confrontation with the resistance movement.
He noted that Hezbollah and its allies will confront U.S. pressure aimed at creating a political vacuum in Lebanon, and will thwart efforts seeking the resignation of the incumbent Lebanese government.
Sheikh Qassem said Hezbollah has drawn up plans in case the U.S. administration decides to tighten the economic siege on Lebanon. "Ultimately, we will emerge victorious,” he said.