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Lebanon will not join ‘treasonous’ normalization with Israel, says Hezbollah official

This file photo shows Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, the head of the Executive Council of Hezbollah.

A high-ranking official with the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has slammed as “treasonous” the normalization of relations with Israel, saying Lebanon will never engage in such an act.

“The normalization of relations with the Zionist regime is treason, and resistance and the use of weapons and missiles will continue until the liberation of al-Quds,” Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Hezbollah, said at a ceremony in southern Lebanon on Sunday.

“Lebanon will not fall in the face of foreign threats and will remain a home for resistance,” Safieddine said, adding, “Lebanon will not be torn apart; Lebanon will not be among the compromisers and the countries that surrendered.”

The high-ranking official stressed that forty years into its formation, Hezbollah has become much stronger and still opposes the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime.

Back in 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed United States-brokered agreements with Israel to normalize their ties with the regime. Some other regional states, namely Sudan and Morocco, followed suit soon afterward.

The so-called Abraham accords have sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as nations and human rights advocates across the globe, especially within the Muslim world.

Other regional countries have also been fraternizing with Israel, including Saudi Arabia, which received a visit by the regime’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November 2020.

Last month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Arab governments that chose to normalize relations with Israel against the will of their people will end up being exploited by the occupying regime.

“The Arab and non-Arab governments that moved toward normalizing their relations with the Zionist regime, against the will of their nations and for the will of the United States, must know that these interactions will bring them nothing but exploitation at the hands of the Zionist regime,” the Leader stated.

In the meantime, the Israeli regime has continued to press ahead with building more illegal settlements in light of the US-brokered normalization deals.

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