Schenker Says Hizbullah May Sabotage Talks with Israel, Sanctions Won't Stop


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker announced Thursday that Washington will continue to slap sanctions on Lebanese individuals despite the U.S.-mediated framework agreement between Lebanon and Israel to launch talks over their disputed borders.

“We will continue to designate individuals in Lebanon who are the allies of Hizbullah. We will continue to designate people for corruption under Global Magnitsky Act,” Schenker told reporters.

Noting that the U.S. will not “talk to Hizbullah” in its border demarcation mediation, the U.S. diplomat warned that the Iran-backed party might seek to sabotage the Lebanese-Israeli talks.

And pointing out that maritime border demarcation might help Lebanon economically, Schenker said the indirect negotiations will not normalize ties between Lebanon and Israel.

He however added that “both sides seem eager to be able to get a deal” on border demarcation.

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Thumb lebanonforever 02 October 2020, 01:29

HA "may" sabotage???

HA "IS" sabotaging Lebanon since 1982..

So have Hariri, Aoun, Saniora, Basil, Berri, Jumblatt, Miqati... tfe

Missing 1948 02 October 2020, 11:57

Lebanese people with exception Maronite Ie (Israeli Agent) will never support peace talks

Missing phillipo 02 October 2020, 13:04

1948 - You had to say it 3 times, but I'll only answer once. Because of people like you Lebanon and the Lebanese people will continue to suffer as in the time of the civil war instead of looking forward to financial and economic security, peace and tranquility being offered them in this third decade of the 21st Century.

Missing 10452km2 03 October 2020, 04:42

The Maronites are the only reason Lebanon exists, and if Hizbullah get their way Lebanon will cease to exist. Hizbullah stated ideology does not view Lebanon as an independent Iran style Islamic Republic of Lebanon, it sees it as an extension of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a universal Islamic Republic ruled by Wali al- faqih.