| 20 July 2024, Saturday |

Hochstein’s movement in geopolitical resistance environment emptied Le Drian’s initiative

The movement of the US envoy for energy affairs, Amos Hochstein, is no longer unusual, considering his freedom of movement in the Lebanese geography. This was evident in his visit to the historic tourist site of Baalbek within the “Hezbollah” sphere, as well as in his political meetings dominated by the “resistance” perspective. The “resistance” actors remained silent regarding the proposals of the Jewish-American and former Israeli officer, whose military history includes multiple confrontations between Lebanon and “Israel”. Fate determined that he would become one of the prominent mediators due to his political savvy, even though his multifaceted tasks often resulted in eccentric responses, as per sources following his recent tours.
Notable in Hochstein’s meetings, according to the source, was the absence of the “Free Patriotic Movement” and its former minister, Gebran Bassil, from the scene. This comes after the role of the “Orangist” faction in leading the maritime border demarcation scene concluded with the final touches represented by the official signing of the agreement text, whose framework was set by the Lebanese Parliament Speaker, Nabih Berri, and matured with facilitation from “Hezbollah.”

Pictures of Hochstein and the US ambassador dominated social media platforms due to their significance in the context of the location. Whether in the heart of Beirut near the special security zone of “Hezbollah” or in Baalbek, the historic site in the heart of “Hezbollah’s” stronghold that extends toward the Lebanese-Syrian border. The fences separating the Lebanese-Syrian borders have been removed to accommodate the forces and units of “Hezbollah,” who moved there to defend religious shrines against the threat of ISIS and in response to the call of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The source continues to highlight several aspects related to the content of Hochstein’s statements, in which he discussed the success of the initial demarcation that resolved the oil blockades crisis, with hopes that its success will pave the way for a second agreement encompassing the land. This, he considered, would be a crucial element for Lebanon’s prosperity through the revenues generated from these agreements. He also emphasized the need for political and economic reform measures.

However, what stands out is that the chief advisers to the US president for energy issues touched upon the discussions with officials about the “necessity of forming a new Lebanese government with the participation of the President and the Prime Minister.” Their absence has a negative impact on Lebanon and its people, according to him. This prompted the source to question the essence of Hochstein’s visit, which covered various topics, including the upcoming presidential elections led by Le Drian. It seems that the visit did not go beyond the reconciliation efforts between the “resistance axis” and the Lebanese opposition, especially after French support for the former minister, Suleiman Frangieh, was withdrawn from the initiative. Therefore, the question arises whether Hochstein, and behind him, the Quint Committee, have emptied Loderian’s initiative, which showed signs of failure when the latter sent uniform questions to parliament members about the specifications of the next president!

  • Sawt Beirut International