Lebanese officials on Monday threatened Israel, warning the country would defend itself against any “Israeli aggression”.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that “Lebanon has made a decision to defend itself in case of an Israeli aggression or encroachment on its rightful access to its offshore oil and gas resources.”
“So far, there has been no attack and it seems unlikely that Israel will carry out its threats,” he told the Egyptian TV channel ON live, adding he gave no importance to Israel’s “verbal provocations” but warning “against new wars if these provocations are translated into action”.
“Peace cannot be built on threats of war but by a new approach that is to reach a determination of rights and a minimum of justice, something that has not yet happened,” added Aoun.
Meanwhile, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed that Lebanon will always have "unified stances to confront Israel's violations," reported the Xinhua news agency.
He made the remarks after a summit at Baabda Palace with Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
"Our stances will always be united to confront Israel's violations against Lebanon," Hariri said.
"We will continue consultation with the president and the speaker to make our position united and national with regard to any encroachment on Lebanon," he added. READ MORE