BEIRUT (Dispatches) – Israel’s opposition leader and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday the occupying regime had conceded to “all of Hezbollah’s demands”.
Netanyahu blasted the agreement announced earlier on Tuesday by Zionist prime minister Yair Lapid on delimiting the maritime border with Lebanon.
In response to Lapid’s proclamation that the agreement was “historic,” the former prime minister called the U.S.-brokered deal a “historic surrender.”
Netanyahu said Lapid conceded to “all of Hezbollah’s demands, saying that Lapid was “frightened” and thus “surrendered”.
Notably, the Likud chairman did not say that he would vote against the deal in the occupying regime’s parliament. However, the regime’s interior minister Ayelet Shaked issued a statement saying that she would vote against the agreement if it is not brought to parliament for approval.
Lapid’s Yesh Atid party quickly shot back at Netanyahu following his statement, saying that he “recited” the messages of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.
“Recommendation to Netanyahu: put personal interest aside, listen to the heads of the security establishment who unanimously support the agreement, and praise prime minister Lapid who brings results to the citizens.”
A senior Lebanese politician said his country’s demands have been met, emphasizing that the Hezbollah resistance movement imposed the equation of power on the Tel Aviv regime.
“Hezbollah imposed the equation of power, and Lebanon could obtain its demands in the course of talks about maritime border demarcation. Now, there is only one step left,” leader of the Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil told Lebanon’s private LBCI television station.
“It was the resistance front which drew up and imposed the equation of power on Israel. This manifestly shows how beneficial Hezbollah is for Lebanon. Shouldn’t we make use of such a capacity?” Bassil said.
“Lebanon has obtained its full rights, and all of its remarks have been taken into account,” Lebanon’s negotiator Elias Bou Saab said after submitting the United States-brokered final draft of the deal to President Michel Aoun.
He said the final draft “takes into consideration all of Lebanon’s requirements and we believe that the other side should feel the same”.
Lebanon’s presidency voiced hope that “the agreement on the demarcation will be announced as soon as possible.”
Aoun had previously said that a deal would not signify a “partnership” with the occupying regime of Israel as the two sides are technically at war.
In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first contract for drilling in two blocks in the Mediterranean with a consortium comprised of energy giants Total, Eni, and Novatek.
Lebanon and the Zionist regime took part in indirect talks to discuss demarcation in 2020. But the talks stalled after Lebanon demanded a larger area, including part of the Karish gas field, where Israel has given exploration rights to a Greek firm.
The talks were supposed to discuss a Lebanese demand for 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of territory in the disputed maritime area, according to a map sent to the United Nations in 2011. However, Lebanon then said the map was based on erroneous calculations and demanded 1,430 square kilometers (552 square miles) more further south, including part of Karish.