The worst part of the border demarcation agreement between Israel and Lebanon is that it acknowledged the Zionist entity’s full right to the gas and land of Palestine, and Hezbollah was made a security guarantor for it.
Following the signing of the gas extraction and maritime demarcation agreements between Lebanon and the Zionist entity, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah exclaimed with pride that this was yet another historic victory to add to his earlier ones from 2000 and 2006!
Ironically, the Zionist entity also views the deal as a victory, so Hassan Nasrallah rejoices alongside what he calls his enemy, whom he previously threatened in a speech given four months ago on June 9 with the following statement: “We announce before the Lebanese people that the resistance is militarily and financially able to prevent the enemy from extracting oil and gas from the Karish field, and all its measures will not protect this floating platform.” We can stop the enemy from removing oil and gas from the Karish field using physical, military, security, technological, logistical, and human resources. “.
The agreement, which was signed by the presidents of Lebanon and the Zionist entity, gives the Zionist entity full ownership of the Karish gas field, from which it has already extracted gas. Lebanon receives two-thirds of the Qana gas field, with the remaining one third going to the Zionist entity.
Lapid deemed the agreement a “political achievement” because it represents an enemy state’s formal recognition of Israel through a written agreement in front of the international community. Since Israel now controls the Karish field and 17% of the profits from the Qana-Sidon field, and since the Zionist entity gains from this agreement on the diplomatic, economic, and security fronts, he also saw it as a significant economic achievement.
In the same tent, according to Israeli media, the agreement was signed, but there was no handshake or photo taken between the parties.
A Loss for Arabs?
In 2022, President Michel Aoun signed a deal with the Zionists to end his term in office. This is nothing new to Aoun, who was among the first to welcome the Israeli forces when they invaded Lebanon in 1982. As a result of this agreement, Lebanon officially became a protector of the borders of the Zionist entity and a partner in economic cooperation.
As a result, both the Zionist entity and Hezbollah view the agreement as a political success that can be used for political gain in their respective environments or societies. Netanyahu criticized this agreement and thought Israel was giving the Hezbollah a free pass. Netanyahu claimed, “This is not a historic agreement with Lebanon; rather, it is a historic Israeli surrender.”
In order to refute accusations that it is not a political force that supports negotiations that result in an agreement with its enemy but rather one that supports resistance and opposition against the Zionist enemy, Hezbollah must also portray this agreement as a political victory in addition to its military victories.