After a weird silence that lasted 20 days since the visit of Amos Hochstein, the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs between Lebanon and Israel to demarcate the maritime borders, Hezbollah suddenly came out yesterday, with a new position launched by the head of the “Loyalty to the Resistance” bloc, MP Muhammad Raad, saying, “We will keep our oil and gas buried in our waters until we can prevent Israel from laying its hand on a drop of water from our sea.”
He added: “We are not teen-agers, so let the enemy and those who communicate with it, whether mediators and non-mediators, know that the Israeli will not be able to explore gas in our neighborhood unless we explore for gas and invest it as we want, and let them tilt the sea.”
Hezbollah snatched the banner of demarcation and is no longer able to complete the charade of “what the state decides.” Although this call was aimed at Hochstein, whom he described as a “fox”, it indirectly affected the efforts led by President Michel Aoun and the head of the “Free Patriotic Movement” Gebran Bassil to complete the demarcation deal with Hochstein before the end of the covenant. So, is it intended to threaten the state and the ally to satisfy Iranian considerations?
Where is the state from the statelet? Will its decision remain hijacked from its pillars and present with the Iranian party in the country?