Wehbe Says Lebanon Not Recognizing Israel, Vows 'Fierce' Negotiations

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Caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe announced Tuesday that by holding maritime border demarcation talks with Israel, Lebanon will not be “recognizing” Israel as a state nor “normalizing” ties with it.

“We are not making an agreement to recognize the state of Israel… We are negotiating to agree on the demarcation of the maritime border. We will not normalize ties nor agree to peace treaties,” Wehbe told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.

Commenting on Israeli remarks suggesting that the negotiations with Lebanon will be easy because it is going through a financial crisis, Wehbe said: “We are going to the negotiations with firmness that exceeds the enemy’s imagination.”

“They consider that we are a state whose economy is destroyed and in ruins… but I say that the Lebanese negotiators will be much fiercer than they imagine, because we have nothing to lose,” the minister added.

He also noted that Lebanese authorities have been keen on maintaining silence regarding the negotiations.

“Silence is not weakness, nor lack of awareness, nor diplomatic ignorance, but rather a stance and a plan that confuse the enemy,” Wehbe pointed out.

He added that “negotiations with an enemy state require cleverness, patience, firmness and farsightedness,” calling on the Lebanese delegation to “cling to these characteristics.”

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Comments 19
Default-user-icon Richard Perro (Guest) 13 October 2020, 21:59

To understand politics anywhere is simple, everything they say is true but in reverse! If you cant convince them, confuse them!

Missing kazan 13 October 2020, 22:09

aretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe announced Tuesday that by holding maritime border demarcation talks with Israel, Lebanon will not be “recognizing” Israel as a state nor “normalizing” ties with it.
OK , but this is the first step...we understand

Thumb tric.bortugal 14 October 2020, 00:16

silly feud is over a name ? mama mia!

Missing singldad 14 October 2020, 01:28

dream on...

Missing lebonknees4peace 14 October 2020, 02:39

Peace is the only Lebanon can move forward. The people can no longer afford to live in oblivion. This person is suppose to be a man of peace not war.

Missing phillipo 14 October 2020, 06:29

But you do agree with shaking hands with the Turks who murdered thousands of Kurds and Armenians, not to mention the Syrians who have recently murdered hundreds of thousands of their own. You agree to shake hands with the Russians who murdered millions of their own citizens (such as Crimean Tatars) during WWII.
Could this stand of your be simply that you hate the Jews and look for different ways to make it look different.

Missing kazan 14 October 2020, 08:20

Phillipo, doesn't deny your claim he says: " But you do agree with shaking hands with the Turks "...meaning he agrees with your statement. To make it clear you are talking about Israel government and not about the jews in general, there are significant part of the jews who do not agree with Israel politics.

Missing samiam 14 October 2020, 08:59

“We are not making an agreement to recognize the state of Israel… We are negotiating to agree on the demarcation of the maritime border. We will not normalize ties nor agree to peace treaties,” Wehbe told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.

What do you expect from a former adviser to aoun who is subservient to kizb?

Thumb s-o-s 14 October 2020, 11:00

hes 100% right

Missing rami 14 October 2020, 12:55

...Vows 'Fierce' Negotiations", après avoir lu ce titre jai complètement balisé, et pas dormi toute la nuit.

Thumb s.o.s 14 October 2020, 20:06

Te laisse pas berner par cet ersatz de moi. Il a des tirets.

Missing bigjohn 14 October 2020, 18:36

Israel came into its modern existence by replacing Palestine and ethnic cleansing it's people in 1948. Palestinians are the ONLY nation of millions whose majority are forced to live in exile ONLY because they are of the wrong religion. Israeli apartheid must go!

Default-user-icon Caesar (Guest) 14 October 2020, 20:01

what about Kurdistan, for one?

Missing phillipo 15 October 2020, 08:39

Do I have toi remind you that on 29th November 1947, it was the Arab States which voted against the establishment of an INDEPENDENT Arab State by the side of Israel.
If they would have accepted that then, there would have been no "Palestinian" refugees, none in Lebanon, none in Syria, none in Jordan, none in Egypt. There would have been no Hamas led Gaza Strip as it would have been part of the independent state.
So, don't go blaming others for the Palestinian problem, blame your own leaders.

Missing bigjohn 14 October 2020, 18:38

lebonknees4peace Tell that to the rulers of the Apartheid regime in occupied Palestine. If they want peace then they need to end apartheid.

Missing bigjohn 14 October 2020, 18:41

dream on... Yes, that what Mandela was told to dream on when he was put in prison in 1964 and his only supporters were Castro and Gadafi. Your years are numbered.

Default-user-icon Ali Cheaib (Guest) 14 October 2020, 19:02

Lies, lies, and more lies.

Thumb whyaskwhy 14 October 2020, 21:26

little John you talk a lot and do nothing, there is the south border and a brave fool like you should go blow himself up. That would be a win win situation for all...

Thumb whyaskwhy 14 October 2020, 21:29

By any standards you have recognized Israel which you should have done 50 years ago and we would not be in the mess we are in. Lebanon stood for Arabism, Palestiains, Islam and in particular Iran, Syria, KSA and Shi3ism and look at the wonderful results we attained! We have no law, no economy, no water or electricity and a nation that has been invaded by 2MM Syrians, not to mention the thousands of Iraqi's et all. All this we did in defiance of Israel and now as a result we acheived a rating of one of the worlds lowest living standards.