Does Lebanon Hint Possible Peace?
Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, was asked if his country would be willing to sign a peace agreement with Israel in the future. Surprisingly, he said that "it depends. We have problems, we will have to solve them."
Aoun's remarks came after Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the establishment of relations. When Aoun was asked to comment on the UAE decision, he said: "It is an independent state." While that may seem like a neutral statement, it is important to remember that Aoun's Christian party, the Free Patriotic Movement, is a longtime ally of Hezbollah. Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that the normalization agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel was a "knife in the back."
One of the reasons why Lebanon may want to sign a peace agreement is that Israel could help Lebanon recover from the Beirut explosion, that killed 177 people and injured at least 6,500. After the disaster, Israel offered humanitarian aid to Lebanon, and the IDF said it was time to "transcend any conflict."
Credit: Nava Jacobovici, NEWSRAEL