Feb 18, 2019 14:51 UTC
  • Saudi normalization of ties with Israel encourages Tel Aviv to attack Lebanon: Hezbollah official

A senior official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has strongly condemned Saudi Arabia’s attempts to normalize relations with Israel, warning that such a move would encourage the Tel Aviv regime to launch military aggression against Lebanon.

“Arab-Israeli ties constitute treason against Palestine … [and] Saudi Arabia’s normalization of relations with the Israeli enemy is the most treacherous, because the former is home to Islam’s holiest sites,” Deputy Chairman of Hezbollah's Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq said.

“This normalization represents a grave threat to Arabs’ national security, and would encourage Israel to attack Lebanon again," he said, adding, "There is no place for (Lebanon’s self-declared policy of) dissociation towards the Saudi normalization with Israel.”

“Lebanon would suffer substantial losses in the wake of such normalization, because it would affect the country’s security in addition to its fundamental right to tap into its crude oil and gas reserves. The Persian Gulf states’ stance [on Israel] will embolden Israel and encourage it to carry out further aggression against us,” Qaouq pointed out.