BEIRUT: The head of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Mohammad Choucair, said in a statement Friday that sending a drone to Israel “was tantamount to ... undermining the tourism season in Lebanon.”
He said “the timing is very bad,” and hoped that Hezbollah’s denial of having sent the drone would prevent the Israelis from deeming the incident an attack.
Choucair’s comments came after a senior Future Movement official slammed the drone incident, in a seminar in Sidon.
Former Future MP Ghattas Khoury said, “no one can object to monitoring the Israeli enemy but can such a step be done without the knowledge of the Lebanese Army?”
Hezbollah denied sending the drone that was intercepted Thursday by Israeli fighter jets and shot down over the Mediterranean. In October, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for a similar flight, saying the craft was Iranian designed and assembled in Lebanon.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 27, 2013, on page 2.