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Future: Lebanon cannot bear another security setback

The Future bloc held their weekly meeting on Monday, May 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)

BEIRUT: The Future bloc Tuesday said launching rockets from Lebanon into Israel was the designs of a "regional policy," saying the country cannot tolerate more security setbacks.

“The battle of the Palestinian people to regain their rights and land is our own battle and central cause but the bloc rejects the use of Lebanese territory to launch rockets into Israel, which stems from its opposition to the use of illegitimate arms in Lebanon,” the bloc said in a statement.

The rocket attack from Lebanon is an attempt to implement regional policies that only contradict the national interest of Lebanon, which is committed to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.”

Reiterating its stance that the arms of the state were the only legitimate means to defend Lebanon against Israeli aggression, the bloc said that “Lebanon cannot endure another security setback.”

“Therefore, whoever is working or contributing to destabilizing security or placing national security at risk is harming their country.”

Several rockets were fired from various parts of south Lebanon into Israel in less than a week, without causing casualties. The rocket attacks prompted the Jewish state to retaliate with artillery fire.

Despite the security breaches, the border between Lebanon and Israel has remained relatively calm.

A member of a local group, al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, is suspected of being behind the first rocket attack, which took place on Sunday night, in response to Israel’s aggression against Gaza.

At least 190 Palestinian has been killed in a little over a week when Israel launched an air offensive against the Palestinian enclave. Guerrill fighters mainly from Hamas have also fired hundreds of rockets, reaching deep into Israel, in the most serious hostilities between the two since 2012.

The Future bloc urged the international community and the Arab league to act quickly to put an end to “Israel’s aggression by holding it accountable to its crimes against humanity.”

The lawmakers also urged Palestinians to remain united "as the key to victory in any conflict with the Israeli enemy, especially in this confrontation that erupted after Palestinian factions reached an agreement.”

 

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