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Lebanon: 'Arab world does not exist' - Walid Jumblatt *PARTNER CONTENT*

Lebanon, Beirut
April 28, 2019 at 19:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of the majority Druze Progressive Socialist Party of Lebanon (PSP) Walid Jumblatt spoke about relations with Israel and the Western world on Thursday, during an interview in Beirut with RT released on Sunday.

"The Arab world does not exist," Jumblatt said, speaking about negotiations between Russia and Western countries on Israel.

The Druze Lebanese politician claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is believed to be on friendly terms with Russia, is "the greatest liar in the world."

"He haggles and raises his bets," Jumblatt described Assad’s behaviour, reminding him of a conversation with a Russian diplomat, who had informed him about close links and communication between the leaders of Syria, Russia and Israel.

"This diplomat came to Moukhtara in 2012 and told me that Bashar al-Assad had sent a letter to Netanyahu with the help of Russia. At that time, Syria was under the threat of division. Assad wrote in that letter that the division of Syria or of the so-called Alawite micro-state, will not become a threat for Israel. 'We want to receive relics of a spy [Eli] Cohen'. That was Israel’s answer to Syria, delivered with the help of Russia," he added.

Rumours saying the body of an Israeli soldier in Syria, Eli Cohen, was exhumed appeared in early April soon after the return of the body of the Israel serviceman, killed in 1982. Eli Cohen worked for the Israeli intelligence services and was sentenced to death by a Syrian military court in 1965 on the charge of espionage.

The leader of Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party raised the question of the process of Lebanon's border demarcation, as according to him it touches the oil drilling processes near the Lebanese border.

" In this case, when there is no border demarcation, I speak about the south area, they started drilling works in Israeli districts. As far as you know with modern technology, they are able to continue the drilling under the sea bed, stealing the wealth of another country in case there are no agreements," Jumblatt said.

According to his view, the process of the border demarcation should be under the patronage of the UN, he also wondered if it was possible to start the demarcation process using the ceasefire agreement between Lebanon and Israel.

Lebanon and Israel have tensions on the southern Lebanese border, with both countries signing a ceasefire agreement following the Israeli war against Lebanon in 2006. Lebanon regularly reports that the Israel state breaches its airspace.

Jumblatt also commented on the Lebanese position on the Golan Heights issue and mentioned that the Shebaa farms and Wadi al-Asal areas, occupied by Israel and recognised internationally as Syrian land, belongs to Lebanon, but "only in theory."

"This became the first ever geographic shift existing only on paper. The goal was to make a pretext, both Syrian and non-Syrian, to be able to say that the Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon and it should be liberated [ from Israel]," he stated.

The Shebaa farms conflict was a low-level border conflict, with clashes following the withdrawal of Israeli troops from South Lebanon in 2000. There has been no major incidents on the border following the 2006 Lebanon War.

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President of the majority Druze Progressive Socialist Party of Lebanon (PSP) Walid Jumblatt spoke about relations with Israel and the Western world on Thursday, during an interview in Beirut with RT released on Sunday.

"The Arab world does not exist," Jumblatt said, speaking about negotiations between Russia and Western countries on Israel.

The Druze Lebanese politician claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is believed to be on friendly terms with Russia, is "the greatest liar in the world."

"He haggles and raises his bets," Jumblatt described Assad’s behaviour, reminding him of a conversation with a Russian diplomat, who had informed him about close links and communication between the leaders of Syria, Russia and Israel.

"This diplomat came to Moukhtara in 2012 and told me that Bashar al-Assad had sent a letter to Netanyahu with the help of Russia. At that time, Syria was under the threat of division. Assad wrote in that letter that the division of Syria or of the so-called Alawite micro-state, will not become a threat for Israel. 'We want to receive relics of a spy [Eli] Cohen'. That was Israel’s answer to Syria, delivered with the help of Russia," he added.

Rumours saying the body of an Israeli soldier in Syria, Eli Cohen, was exhumed appeared in early April soon after the return of the body of the Israel serviceman, killed in 1982. Eli Cohen worked for the Israeli intelligence services and was sentenced to death by a Syrian military court in 1965 on the charge of espionage.

The leader of Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party raised the question of the process of Lebanon's border demarcation, as according to him it touches the oil drilling processes near the Lebanese border.

" In this case, when there is no border demarcation, I speak about the south area, they started drilling works in Israeli districts. As far as you know with modern technology, they are able to continue the drilling under the sea bed, stealing the wealth of another country in case there are no agreements," Jumblatt said.

According to his view, the process of the border demarcation should be under the patronage of the UN, he also wondered if it was possible to start the demarcation process using the ceasefire agreement between Lebanon and Israel.

Lebanon and Israel have tensions on the southern Lebanese border, with both countries signing a ceasefire agreement following the Israeli war against Lebanon in 2006. Lebanon regularly reports that the Israel state breaches its airspace.

Jumblatt also commented on the Lebanese position on the Golan Heights issue and mentioned that the Shebaa farms and Wadi al-Asal areas, occupied by Israel and recognised internationally as Syrian land, belongs to Lebanon, but "only in theory."

"This became the first ever geographic shift existing only on paper. The goal was to make a pretext, both Syrian and non-Syrian, to be able to say that the Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon and it should be liberated [ from Israel]," he stated.

The Shebaa farms conflict was a low-level border conflict, with clashes following the withdrawal of Israeli troops from South Lebanon in 2000. There has been no major incidents on the border following the 2006 Lebanon War.

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SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "You can say it is mindless, but at the same time we see, that the Great Powers such as the USA, the whole Western world and even Russia arrange meetings and discussions on the Israeli security issue. The evidence for it is the deal on the Israel soldier, whose corpse the Syrian government returned to Russia, and Russia returned it to Israel. They all care about Israel's welfare because the Arab world does not exist [to them]."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "The greatest liar in the world is Bashar al-Assad, a friend of Russia."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "He haggles and raises his bets. I can tell you what I learned from one of the Russian diplomats, I don't want to say his name to save good relations with Russia. This diplomat came to Moukhtara in 2012 and told me that Bashar al-Assad had sent a letter to Netanyahu with the help of Russia. At that time, Syria was under the threat of division. Assad wrote in that letter that the division of Syria or of the so-called Alawite micro-state, will not become a threat for Israel. 'We want to receive relics of a spy [Eli] Cohen'. That was Israel’s answer to Syria, delivered with the help of Russia. Last week or two weeks ago we received news, saying that the ceremony for returning Cohen’s relic will be held. I do not believe in anything the Syrian authorities say."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "Russia is to the north, we have some tensions with Syria on our border’s demarcation. We had some tensions with Israel to the south and at the sea. There are two theories. The first one is about Lebanon's request to the UN on assistance with controlling of the border’s demarcation process. This theory was declined by Israel, that wants to hold direct negotiations with Lebanon. I know, there are serious obstacles to solving this issue. In this case, when there is no border demarcation, I speak about the south area, they started drilling works in Israeli districts. As far as you know with modern technology, they are able to continue the drilling under the sea bed, stealing the wealth of another country in case there are no agreements."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "Right, but we have not done this."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "There was a political obstacle. It was Mr. [Nabih] Berri's point of view, and my point of view as well. The certain wording is necessary. I don’t know, I’m talking about something adventurous now. We have a cease fire agreement that is the key for Lebanon-Israel relations. It is an agreement of the war period. It was the war, then the ceasefire period began. If we consider this ceasefire agreement from a legal point of view, is it possible to use this agreement to discuss the issue of our oil wealth. It is just a question lawyers should be asked, I’m not qualified on this issue. I can’t answer this question."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "The border’s demarcation is under the patronage of the UN. But this is my point of view, that is not the point of view of Mr. Berri. I ask if it is possible to start the process of the demarcation using the ceasefire agreement. That is my question."

SOT, Walid Jumblatt, President of the Progressive Socialist Party (Arabic): "There are somethings we did not manage to achieve as well, like the demarcation at Shebaa Farms. I believe the Shebaa Farms did not belong to Lebanon at the very beginning. This is my point of view. After liberating the southern territories in 2000, Lebanese officers in cooperation with Syrian officers have changed Lebanese maps. We occupied the Shebaa Farms and Wadi al-Asal areas, but it was only in theory. This became the first ever geographic shift existing only on paper. The goal was to make a pretext, both Syrian and non-Syrian, to be able to say that the Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon and it should be liberated [from Israel]."

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