Geagea Criticizes Nasrallah's Remarks on Gas Dispute with Israel
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Tuesday criticized Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's latest remarks on Lebanon's gas dispute with Israel.
“Yesterday, we heard in one of the speeches that the only strength that we can rely on is the resistance... This means that the State would cease to exist,” Geagea warned.
Nasrallah had on Friday underlined that "the only force that the Lebanese have is the resistance."
"If Israel threatens you, you can threaten it. If the Americans come tell you that you have to deal with them to hold Israel back, then tell the Americans: respond to our demands so we hold Hizbullah back from Israel," he said, addressing Lebanese officials.
And in Hizbullah's strongest warning to Israel since the beginning of the gas row, Nasrallah threatened that “should the Higher Defense Council decide that Israel's offshore oil installations should cease to operate,” Hizbullah “can disable them within hours.”
Lebanon this month signed its first contract to drill for oil and gas in a pair of offshore zones, including one that Israel says belongs to it.
Hizbullah clashed with Israel in a month-long war in 2006 and is currently fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces in neighboring Syria.