Israel and Lebanon Might Still Be Enemies But Their Differences Solvable, Says Lebanese Journalist

israel is readying itself for a war with Hezbollah, reports suggest, citing the Jewish state’s chief of staff as saying that his military will be holding drills in the upcoming weeks, despite the raging COVID-19, which has already claimed the lives of more than 2,100 people.

The Jewish state doesn’t take the danger emanating from Hezbollah, a Shiite militia linked to Iran, lightly, especially given the past hostilities between the two states and the abundance of threats thrown in Israel’s way in the past several months.

For Hezbollah, which was founded in response to Israel’s role in the 1982 Lebanon War, israel is an enemy state, and its attitude will never change.

Israel Not My Enemy

But there are some in Lebanon who refuse to regard Israel as a devil.

Nadim Koteich, a Lebanese journalist who moved to the United Arab Emirates several months ago, represents everything that Hezbollah is speaking against.

He supports US President Donald Trump, he is critical of Hezbollah and its patron Iran “that destroyed Lebanon” and he doesn’t regard Israel as the enemy of the Lebanese people.

According to him, the opposite is true. Several months ago, he referred to Israel as a “scientific, military, cultural and economic power,” and in September he published an article on the Saudi-owned news website A-Sharq Al Awsat that urged his country to follow the footsteps of the UAE and Bahrain in normalising ties with the Jewish state.

His views, which rub the Lebanese leadership the wrong way,…

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