BEIRUT: Lebanon's armed resistance against Israel is still justified as other Arab states are preoccupied with regional conflicts, Lebanon's Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday.
“The resistance has been and continues to be a necessity for Lebanese given the ongoing occupation of parts of our land, military violations, Israeli troops' shows of force and Israel’s continued intention for expansion, which is still engraved on the walls of the Knesset, and given Israel’s creation of a maritime demarcation line in an attempt to steal our natural wealth,” Berri said in a statement ahead of Liberation Day, which falls on May 25.
“The absence of an Arab power of the mind and in the wake of the Arab and regional reality and given the [Lebanese] Army’s security role in addition to safeguarding [Lebanon’s borders], the resistance also represents a paramount necessity to deter any Israeli aggression,” he added.
Berri called for consolidating Lebanon politically, "starting with achieving the presidential election ... something that requires raising the level of national responsibility to start a new era,” he said
Moreover, he called for strengthening Lebanon socially through meeting the possible demands of the various sectors, starting with finalizing a controversial draft law over public pay hikes “in order to preserve the [workers'] rights and not shake the confidence in Lebanon’s economy.”