| 28 September 2022, Wednesday |

Two New Proofs: Hezbollah takes Lebanese diplomacy hostage

When the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Major General Stefano Del Col, met with one of the Lebanese presidents, he asked him about the Lebanese investigation into the four attacks against the international emergency forces, to include them in the report he will submit to the United Nations in New York on the implementation of Resolution 1701.

Del Col was shocked when the Lebanese official informed him that no investigation results had reached to him yet.

The reason behind the international astonishment was that General Del Col was promised, following the attacks, that Lebanon would open an investigation into these incidents, and this what was issued by the Presidency of the Government and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior.

But in practice, who would dare to open an investigation into “Hezbollah’s area of ​​operations”?

According to the information, based on judicial sources in southern Lebanon, the competent judicial authorities have not received anything about these attacks, and that the investigation file is empty, which means that Lebanon has not opened an investigation, contrary to the promises made by Lebanese officials.

The second proof that Hezbollah is taking the Lebanese diplomacy hostage is that Lebanon’s response to the Kuwaiti paper was not up to Kuwait and Gulf Cooperation Council’s expectations, but rather more than that, because Hezbollah responded to the Kuwaiti message with an aggressive message against the international emergency forces. This means that the party wanted to deliver an internal and external message: “The matter is mine in Lebanon, and whoever believes otherwise is mistaken.”

Certainly, the Gulf states know this fact, and so does the United Nations, but the insistence on obtaining an answer from Lebanon aims to confirm that Lebanon is no longer a state in the full meaning of the word. When the state fails to open an investigation into an attack on International force, and fails to commit to resolutions issued by the UN Security Council, aren’t we then in a country which has fell under the influence of Hezbollah?

  • Sawt Beirut International