Hezbollah official: Parts of Israel belong to Lebanon


A senior Hezbollah official said large parts of northern Israel belong to Lebanon.

Nawaf Musawi, the organization’s head of international relations, said  Monday that Israel’s pullback in 2000 left at least seven villages and 20 farms under Israel’s control and that the so-called “blue line” approved by the United Nations is simply a “withdrawal line.”

The new claim is significant because it suggests Hezbollah will find new justifications to maintain its attacks against Israel. This belies Hezbollah’s argument that it is a militia intent on protecting Lebanese sovereignty and not a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction.

Lebanon’s claim to the Shebaa Farms and the divided northern village of Ghajar remain a bone of contention in the region.

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