'Threats fall on deaf ears.' Shiekh Kassam
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Hezbollah: We won't let Israel take our gas

Top official in Shiite organization says 'Israeli threats don't frighten Lebanon. We won't change our position, fight to maintain our rights at all cost'

Hezbollah flexing muscles over maritime border dispute with Israel – Deputy Chief of Hezbollah, Sheik Naim Kassam said that "Lebanon will not permit gas or oil to be extracted from its land or territorial waters.


"We will continue to closely follow the situation in order to restore Lebanon's rights, at whatever cost necessary,' he said.



In a speech on Wednesday, Hassan Nasrallah's deputy noted that "Hezbollah supports the national position to defend the country's maritime rights and the government's delineation of a maritime border."


Kassam commented on Israel's remarks vis-à-vis the maritime border, saying: "The Israeli threats do not frighten us. We will not change our position and continue to maintain our rights.


"Israel knows its threats fall on deaf ears in Lebanon, after it tasted the bitter taste of the mighty Lebanese resistance."


On Monday Lebanese President Michel Suleiman warned Israel against "taking any unilateral decision regarding the maritime border, which violates international law – as it often does on many matters."


Suleiman's comments came after Jerusalem handed the United Nations its position on Israel's maritime border with the Land of Cedars, by which the border should be drawn further north, leaving Israel an area thought to contain natural gas as well as oil reserves.


According to Israel, the coordinates Lebanon reported to the UN contradict the border delineation agreement signed between Beirut and Cyprus in 2007.



פרסום ראשון: 07.14.11, 12:29
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