Jumblat: Shebaa Farms are not Lebaneseإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat on Friday said in an interview to Russia's state-owned English-language channel RT that the Israeli occupied “Shebaa Farms are not Lebanese,” noting that Hizbullah is a political party representing around 30% of the Lebanese people.
“In my opinion, Shebaa Farms are not Lebanese. After the liberation of the south in 2000, the maps of the south were changed by Syrian officers in partnership with Lebanese officers. Theoretically, we occupied Shebaa farms and Wadi al-Asal. The first geographical change came on paper in order to keep Syrian and non-Syrian pretexts calling for the liberation of Shebaa,” said Jumblat in his remarks.
“The Syrian regime holds historic spite for Lebanese politicians who opposed it,” he added.
On the US sanctions on Iran and Hizbullah, Jumblat said the “current US administration is tougher than its predecessors when it cancelled the nuclear agreement (during Obama’s term) with Tehran.”
On the repercussions of that measure on the Lebanese State, Jumblat said: “The Lebanese State has different problems but the main one is how to begin serious measures in an austerity plan. If we do not take serious measures to reduce the deficit, things will take a dangerous turn.”
He added: “Meaningless spending must stop.Why all these (Lebanese) embassies in the world? Why are there imaginary salaries for some military. We can do a lot besides fighting corruption.”
"The United States and the majority of countries in Europe provides great military assistance to the Lebanese army, and financial for the displaced Syrians in Lebanon,” adding "after termination of the nuclear agreement, there is a new US policy to punish the Islamic Republic of Iran and its branches including Hizbullah.”