Lebanese foreign minister on future war with Israel: “Lebanon is sure to win”

After Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of trying to get Israel to attack Lebanon, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said during an interview that his country would certainly win the next war with the Jewish state: “We should restrain Israel from starting a war exactly because Lebanon is sure to win it.”
Lebanon’s FM: Israel will lose next war against us Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil was interviewed by the Russian RT television channel on Friday regarding the rising tensions between his country and Saudi Arabia. During the interview, Bassil sent a direct threat to Israel: “We should not be provoking Israel into a war simply because it is likely to lose it.”

When asked about the Israeli and American intervention in the regional tensions and the crisis between the Shiite axis in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, Bassil responded: “We should restrain Israel from starting a war exactly because Lebanon is sure to win it.”

Bassil was interviewed by RT while he was on an official visit to Moscow, where he tried to relay a relatively comforting message to the Saudi leadership: “We are ready to act in case of such developments, but we are trying to do everything we can to prevent this from happening and to maintain a good relationship with Saudi Arabia.” The Lebanese official added that his government plans to continue its diplomatic approach as long as Lebanon does not come under attack.

“Any country can take action against Hezbollah like the US does, even though the leader of Hezbollah has said repeatedly: ‘If you want to fight us, you can fight us, but leave Lebanon alone. We don’t want Lebanon to suffer because of us,’” he added. Bassil then warned that any country that tries to harm Lebanese citizens will “face consequences.”

Meanwhile, a senior Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday that Bassil may not attend a special Arab League meeting that was initiated by Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states. The source said that Bassil wants to avoid a possible confrontation with Riyadh over the regional tensions and the intervention of Shiite groups, including Hezbollah, in the Yemen crisis. The meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Cairo, is supposed to focus on the possible ways to deal with Iran’s influence on the region.

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