| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

In the news bulletin.. Who is playing with Lebanon’s security in general and the security of the south in particular?

The statement issued by the Israeli army today is not a detail. He clearly states that the Iron Dome missiles intercepted a drone launched from Lebanon and infiltrated Israeli territory, where the warnings were activated in the Galilee region. The news is disturbing in itself.

It comes less than 48 hours after the escalating speech delivered by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in which he confirms that Lebanon has become capable of manufacturing missiles and drones.

Nasrallah declared the position verbally, and the Israelis responded to him on the ground and militarily, as if they were telling Nasrallah that they neither feared him nor his weapons. But what is troubling about the matter is that the state is the last to know about everything that happens. Hezbollah does what it wants, without the knowledge of the Lebanese military forces.

Where is the sovereignty of the state? Where is the rest of the prestige of the state’s security and military institutions? And where is the President of the Republic, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, regarding Hezbollah’s movements? Michel Aoun, upon his arrival at the Presidency of the Republic, put forward the strong president’s slogan… So what is left of this slogan? Did Aoun lose all of its meanings and implications?

If the strong president is unable to hold an employee accoutable, even at the rank of governor of the Banque du Liban… and if the strong president is unable to gather political leaders around a dialogue table… and if Aoun is unable to ask Hezbollah about his rallies… if all these things are among the characteristics of a strong president, so how can a weak president be?

  • Sawt Beirut International