Jumblat Says Shebaa Farms Maps Manipulated, Vows 'Calm' Confrontation
Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat has announced that the maps of the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms had been "manipulated," amid a war of words in Lebanon over the identity of the territory.
"After this flurry of accusations and attacks, I remind that after the liberation in 2000 I voiced the same stance, when I called for the redeployment of the Syrian army," Jumblat tweeted, referring to his call that Syrian forces withdraw from Beirut and Mount Lebanon towards the Bekaa.
"Back then, treason accusations were launched and today as well. There might be land lots owned by Lebanese citizens in the Shebaa Farms, Kfarshouba and elsewhere, but ownership is different than sovereignty, after the maps were manipulated," Jumblat added.
And reminding that the political parties had agreed during the 2006 national dialogue to "verify the Lebanese identity of the Shebaa Farms" and demarcate the border in coordination with the U.N., Jumblat said "the Syrian government refused to give Lebanon papers to confirm the Farms' Lebanese identity."
He added: "This resulted in keeping sovereignty ambigous until the moment, but we won a (Syrian) embassy (in Lebanon). This is the old new theory about the unification of the (Lebanese and Syrian) tracks" in the negotiations with Israel.
"Is it prohibited to think and remind? Anyhow, launch treason accusations and analyze as you wish. We will continue our path calmly and leave the podiums of libel and slander to you," Jumblat went on to say.