Future movement bloc MPs attend a meeting in Beirut, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The Future parliamentary bloc Thursday rejected Hezbollah's demand for recognition of the party's resistance in the government policy statement, insisting that the document outlines the right to resistance against Israel within the confines of the Lebanese state.The bloc also stood firm on the Baabda Declaration, which calls for distancing Lebanon from regional conflicts, particularly the Syrian war, and renewed calls for Hezbollah to withdraw from the neighboring country. It stressed that "resistance" should be restricted to the Lebanese state, which represents all Lebanese.The Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance insists that the policy statement stipulate that Lebanon and the Lebanese have the right to resist Israeli occupation and defend the country against any Israeli attacks, effectively legitimizing Hezbollah's arsenal.
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