Jumblat: There's a U.S.-Iran War in Lebanon, Sanctions Won't Weaken Hizbullah


Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat suggested Wednesday that there is an "economic war" between the United States and Iran on "Lebanese soil."

Speaking in an English-language interview with the journalist Raghida Dergham, Jumblat revealed that he had recently warned the U.S. administration about the impact of such a war on Lebanon.

He said he told Brookings Institute fellow and ex-U.S. ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman in a phone call that U.S. sanctions will not "weaken Hizbullah."

"If you think that you can weaken Hizbullah by imposing sanctions on Lebanon, Hizbullah will not be weakened. We as Lebanese (will be weakened) as collateral damage," Jumblat reminisced telling Feltman.

Comments 8
Thumb lebnanfirst 21 May 2020, 04:44

Ok, so what exactly are you proposing instead that would, in your opinion, work?

Thumb enterprise 21 May 2020, 06:29

Here we go again: flip flop! Sanctions are weakening hezbollah and it's paymaster. So stfu and retire.

Thumb eagledawn 21 May 2020, 09:14

"Mr Jumblat deserves, Lebanon's highest honor....A true statesmen."

"only 2 people are working for Lebanon as we speak.
General Aoun & Walid Jumblat....the rest pffttttt."

Thumb Geralt 21 May 2020, 11:06


Missing cedars 21 May 2020, 14:14

You are admitting we have two governments, we the Lebanese as one and another Iranian government.
Can we simply create north and South Korea and be done to live happily after.

Thumb s.o.s 21 May 2020, 16:16

Mr Jumblatt is part of the problem.... not the solution.

Missing rabiosa 21 May 2020, 17:27

I can never ever trust this guy let alone a socialist. He flip flops depending on how the wind blows. As S.O.S. said he is part of the problem.

Thumb s.o.s 21 May 2020, 17:39

Ma fi bénéfice du doute with Jumblatt, his track record speaks for itself....

He’s as much socialist as my sis claims to be a communist, she’s sometimes more capitalist than I am lol.