Lebanese army commander Joseph Aoun was quoted on Monday as saying that his country would combat any “Israeli aggression,” amid the ongoing tensions surrounding Israel’s construction of a barrier wall along the border. Lebanon views the construction as a breach of its sovereignty.
General Joseph Aoun Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot/Lebanese army official account
Commander of the Lebanese army General Joseph Aoun said his country will use any means available to combat any potential “Israeli aggression,” according to the Lebanese army in a post on Twitter on Monday. Aoun’s statements came amid growing tensions between the two countries following Israel’s ongoing construction of a barrier wall along the border.
Aoun emphasized Lebanon’s “categorical rejection” of what he called an action “infringing on Lebanon’s sovereignty.” The military official added that his country will respond “at any cost.”
Earlier this month, a US envoy to the Middle East has assured the Lebanese government that Israel is not interested in escalating the situation along its northern border. On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Acting Assistant US Secretary of State David Satterfield met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. The officials discussed the disputed border wall as well as maritime borders and oilrigs between Lebanon and Israel. The Lebanese news source NNA reported that Berri told Satterfield that the US proposal on the disputed maritime borders between Israel and Lebanon is “unacceptable.”
At a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Tillerson stated, “We’ve asked no one to give up anything. Rather, we’re looking for a solution.” Tillerson also addressed the threat posed by Hezbollah to Lebanon’s security.