Berri: I Have No Enemies in Lebanon, Israel Is the Enemyإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
In light of Lebanon's dispute with Israel over Block 9 oilfield, Speaker Nabih Berri said his “insistence to adhere” to a gas field to the South of the country is meant to tell Israel that Lebanon's rights will not be wavered, stressing that “Israel is the only enemy.”
After Israeli claims the gas field belongs to it, the Speaker said he meant to “give Israel a message that Lebanon will not abandon its rights.”
Israel's defense minister said in a statement early this year the oil field “is by all accounts ours.”
His remarks drew sharp condemnation from Hizbullah and Lebanese officials, including Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who described the Israeli minister's comments as a "blatant provocation that Lebanon rejects."
Referring to the Resistance's role in “protecting Lebanon's oil wealth,” Berri said: “The Resistance is the only deterrent to Israel's attacks on Lebanon's oil wealth.”
Berri, who was speaking to social media activists at his residence in Msayleh, told them he has no enemies and that his disputes with some officials was strictly political, “Israel is the only real enemy,” he stressed.
He could have be hinting at his dispute with Free Patriotic Movement and Foreign Minister Jebran without naming him.