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Israeli army chief: A new war would be 7 times harder for Lebanon

Israeli army chief Herzi Halevi on Tuesday announced that Hezbollah is “very deterred from an all-out war against Israel.”

“It thinks it understands how we think. This thought brings it to dare and challenge us where it is sure it will not lead to war. I see this as a good way to create surprises if necessary,” Halevi said.

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Gemayel urges FPM to return to 'pre-2005 rhetoric'

Kataeb leader Sami Gemayel called Tuesday the Free Patriotic Movement to go back to what it was before 2005.

"On March 14, 2005, you resisted the Syrian occupation and fought for the implementation of international resolutions," Gemayel said to the FPM.

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Opposition awaits Bassil reply, Hezbollah seeks to sway him on Franjieh

Presidential negotiations between the opposition and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil are “temporarily frozen,” media reports said.

“The opposition forces are awaiting Bassil’s response, after they proposed a number of presidential candidates,” the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported.

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Geagea says Hezbollah, FPM 'irresponsible' in dealing with Salameh case

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused Tuesday the Shiite Duo and the Free Patriotic Movement of "irresponsibility" in dealing with public affairs.

Geagea blamed the FPM and the Axis of Defiance for the crisis, the banking and monetary collapse, and for the resulting dire living conditions.

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Israel: Nasrallah close to making mistake that could lead to major war

Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate chief Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva has noted that Israel’s confrontation with Iran's proxies has become a “direct” confrontation with the Islamic republic itself.

He further stated that the probability of an escalation that could degenerate into a full-scale war is not low. "Exercising measured and calculated force, as part of Israel's national interest, is the way to deal with this while strengthening alliances in the region," he said.

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US backs Mikati's stance on Hezbollah's military drill

The United States has voiced support for caretaker PM Najib Mikati’s criticism of the military drill that Hezbollah has staged in south Lebanon.

“Hezbollah is more concerned with its own interests and those of its patron Iran than what is best for the Lebanese people. And I just want to note something that the prime minister of Lebanon said, which is the event constituted a diminution of Lebanon’s authority and sovereignty, and add that moreover, it threatens Lebanon’s security and stability,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a press briefing.

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Salameh to appeal Interpol warrant today, cabinet to convene Friday

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh will file Tuesday an appeal against an Interpol red notice issued against him in France over corruption charges.

Public prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat on Monday summoned Salameh for questioning following the international arrest warrant.

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Bou Saab efforts may lead to presidential dialogue at parliament

The current efforts that are being exerted by Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab might lead to calling for dialogue in parliament within a week or 10 days, MTV reported.

“Representatives of all blocs would take part in the consultations to discuss a basket and a roadmap,” the TV network said.

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Italy contributes €2M to support most vulnerable Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

The Ambassador of Italy to Lebanon, Nicoletta Bombardiere, and the Director of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Affairs in Lebanon, Dr. Dorothee Klaus, have signed a one year agreement for an additional contribution of EUR 2 million to support the most vulnerable Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, in particular persons with disabilities, whose dire situation and difficult access to services was further compounded by the socio-economic crisis hitting Lebanon since 2019, UNRWA said.

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Oueidat summons Salameh over Interpol notice

State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat has scheduled a mid-week session for Central Bank chief Riad Salameh to take measures over the Interpol red notice issued against him, LBCI television reported on Monday.

The French judiciary meanwhile scheduled a May 31 session for the interrogation of Salameh’s brother Raja and a June 13 session for the interrogation of Salameh’s assistant Marianne Hoayek, LBCI added.

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