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JUMBLATT SAYS TWO-STATE SOLUTION A “HUGE LIE”, AGREES TO 1701 IMPLEMENTATION IN CONSENSUS BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH & VARIOUS LEBANESE FORCES THROUGH STATE, STRENGTHENING OF ARMY, WITH SAME CONDITIONS APPLYING TO ISRAEL

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In an interview with ‘Russia Today’, former Progressive Socialist Party Chief Walid Jumblatt highlighted some of the points he discussed with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, during his visit to Moscow, amongst which was the Palestinian issue where he described the two-state solution as being a ‘big lie’.

‘My position was clear and identical to Lavrov’s position. Where will this state be established, on the rubble of Gaza?’ Jumblatt questioned, noting that there is a possibility of displacing its population after its complete destruction, so that only Rafah remains of Gaza.

He added, ‘It seems that the Israelis will begin the systematic destruction of Rafah, thus forcing the Palestinians to migrate to the whole world and the West Bank, where there are 800 thousand settlers…Hence, where can this state be established? There is an impossibility…but it is just propaganda for some of the Arab world and Western public opinion to perhaps give the Palestinians their rights, but they will not give th
em their rights, for that is impossible….’

Asked to comment on the Arab stance regarding the Palestinian issue, Jumblatt said: ‘I am not here to comment on the Arab position. I gave my opinion at a certain stage, and when we see the map of the Arab world there are positions that are okay, but I am not here to talk about the Arab stance…’

‘The war continues, and the Israeli strategic goal, which lies in forced or voluntary transfer and displacement, is a detail, while the pursuant goal is the complete Judaization of Gaza and Jerusalem,’ he underlined.

At the internal Lebanese level, Jumblatt said in response to a question: ‘We want and agree to implement Resolution 1701, but this implementation can only be through consensus between Hezbollah and the various Lebanese forces, and through the state, and strengthening the Lebanese army to fill the vacuum in this region, on the condition that we apply the same matters to Israel. I mention it here. The armistice agreement dictates that Lebanon and Israel have
a certain neutral distance in northern Lebanon as well as Palestine. But implementing the armistice agreement from one side is not logical.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

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