Lebanon UN Ambassador: This Truce Will Be Israel’s Last
If you believe the truce between Lebanon/Hizballah and Israel has a chance of holding, or that Hizballah isn’t running things in Lebanon, just read the remarks of Lebanon’s ambassador to the UN: Truce will be Israel’s last, Lebanon envoy declares.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Lebanon’s UN ambassador bitterly slammed Israel’s month-long bombardment of his country ahead of a hard-won truce, and vowed that the treaty would be Israel’s last with any Middle East country.
“Lebanon will be, I think, the last state to sign a peace treaty with Israel,” UN ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud told CNN television’s “Late Edition” program, without explaining the remark. He called the agreement a “crucial” test for all the parties involved.
“Now it is the moment of truth for everyone, and we’ll see who will abide by the Security Council resolutions and who will not, so (what) we have this week is very crucial,” Mahmoud said.
The diplomat added that the 15,000 Lebanese soldiers to be dispatched to south Lebanon to help keep the peace alongside a similarly-sized international UN force “are not going to use force” to disarm the Hezbollah militia which has been battling Israel.
“Hezbollah will just leave the area as armed elements as I understand it, and the Lebanese army will take over the whole region along with the United Nations forces,” he said.
“And the dancing unicorns will frolic in the meadows of fresh candy!” he didn’t add.