Hezbollah says U.S. is not an honest broker, warns Israel”if you bomb us we will bomb you”

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah urged fellow politicians Friday not to let the U.S. administration divide their ranks while it mediates a dispute with Israel over offshore gas drilling rights, saying the U.S. is not an honest broker.

Hassan Nasrallah, in a televised address to supporters, instead, called the Americans “the devils,” adding that U.S. officials have defended Israel’s rights and issued threats to Lebanese politicians.

Details of the U.S. mediation were not immediately available, but U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson was in Lebanon Thursday on a brief stopover, and the issue topped the agenda. Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield has also been holding talks with Lebanese officials on the subject.

The dispute dates back years but recently resurfaced when Lebanon invited companies to bid for exploratory offshore drilling next year along the countries’ maritime border. Israel claims Lebanon will be drilling partly in areas owned by Israel. Lebanon and Israel are technically at war, and quarrel over their land borders. Lebanon is protesting a wall Israel is building along the cessation of hostilities line, following Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000. It says the border wall may jut into Lebanese territories.

“America is not an honest broker… and one should assume that it works as an advocate for Israel,” Nasrallah said.

Details of the American mediation have not been made public, but appear to be based on efforts years earlier to divide the offshore fields between the two countries. Nasrallah said the U.S. wants the Lebanese to trade the more “difficult” maritime borders in exchange for settling the “easy” dispute over land.

In a defiant tone, Nasrallah said that the potential oil and gas yields would be a lifeline for Lebanon’s struggling economy. “The only hope is the oil resources in our land,” he said.

He warned that his group is ready to reciprocate Israel’s threats, and act upon them, threating to target Israeli oil plants.

“If you (Israelis) prevent us (from exploration of gas and oil), if you bomb us we will bomb you, and if you hit us we will hit you,” he said.

Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has described as “very provocative” Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas exploration tender and suggested that Lebanon had put out a tender to international groups for a gas field “which is by all accounts ours (Israeli).”

Lebanon last year approved the licenses for an international consortium led by France’s Total, Italy’s ENI and Russia’s Novatek to move forward with offshore oil and gas development for two of five blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, including one known as Block 9 that is disputed in part with Israel.

Lebanese officials say the country will start exploratory offshore drilling in 2019.

  • Rascal

    The lying Iranian resistance speaks.

    • Go back to Tel Aviv and puke there.

      • vs

        Hi, semitic fool, go back to offline but don’t infect also there

  • Niemals

    If Hasan Nasrallah would take action against Israel it would turn to a nightmare, the level of destruction in Lebanon would be absolutely devastating.

    • Y K

      Since when does Nasrallah care about what happens to Lebanon? The flow of funds to him and his cronies can only increase corresponding with the level of destruction.

  • Hannibal

    You know damn well that Blocks 8 and 9 are not within your borders. Just look at the map. A high schooler will tell you the maritime borders defines 8 and 9 as Lebanese. But who are we arguing with? A bunch of thieves who stole a country, a nation and an identity?

    • vs
      • Hannibal

        The Orabians are the same seed which your race descended from. Take them with you and leave.

        • Hind Abyad

          Is this blocked imbecile still talking about Orabians???

          • vs

            Semitic hateful fool, your primitive hateful brain is blocked

          • Hannibal

            Never ending saga…

        • vs

          Please no racism, more important is mentality. Are you stole Islam, m.b. HA mentality? Why are you so stupid and aggressive keyboard warrior?

    • Y K

      “Just look at the map”
      A map you drew? I suspect you’re too retarded to drive. 🙂

      • Omega
        • Y K

          “Source: Lebanon Petroleum Administration.”

          You really should rest your case here.

          Lebanon’s “officials” (aka Nasrallah’s stooges) keep inventing new reasons to dispute the border with Israel (a country which they insist to be in a state of war with), both on land and on sea. The fact that they drew a straight line on a map does not make everything falling into that line “within Lebanon’s maritime borders”.

          Not to mention the difference between “maritime borders” and “exclusive economic zone”, which you seem (or pretend) to be unaware of.

          Sadly, epiphany or not, you’re still full of it.

          • Omega

            The map I presented is from Oil & Gas Journal.

            Lebanon’s maritime borders are clear, so are any other countries’. The fact that the Israelis (read: their British colonialist masters) don’t respect them – as always – is a different story. At this point, it’s a matter of who gets it first and it will be handled by energy corporations (that too, as always).

            What “epiphany” do you keep taking about? My stance about the absolute degenerate British-Israel has not changed one bit.

          • Y K

            “Lebanon’s maritime borders are clear, so are any other countries’.”

            Are you for real? Are you even aware of the absolute counterfactual idiocy of your claim? (I’m only pointing out to this one; life is too short to waste on addressing the rest).

            Not being an expert on the law of the sea (or on anything else, for that matter) is perfectly okay, being full of sh*t is not.

          • Omega

            Yes, keep de-legitimizing every one Israel wants to fvck over.

            Maritime borders are a reality just like land borders and airspaces are. Keeping that in mind, the right of exploration, development and production of minerals/energy belongs to the country where the minerals/energy sit(s).

            After Lebanon made noise to begin exploration (2015-2016), Israel passed a bill to claim the area (their Block 1, 2 and 3) to incorporate it under their sovereignty. At this point, Lebanon has signed exploration rights with major energy players. Hopefully, a peaceful/diplomatic resolution will be reached between Israel and Lebanon.

          • Hind Abyad

            Zionists executing the Coudenhove Kalergi Euro plan
            for the Genocide of white race.
            Diabolic destruction of Europe time to tell the truth, is
            it “anti Semitic”?

            “UN Importing African ‘Refugees’ to Italy — By Plane”
            UNHCR flying migrants into Europe under cover of darkness. UNHCR Italia posted a photo and brief announcement about the arrival of 150 ‘refugees’ landing
            in Italy from Libya under cover of darkness.”

            “Italians did not receive this news well, making their anger known in replies to the UNHCR tweet.

            “At night. Secretly. Knowing Italian citizens are powerless. This is an act of war. After this, you can bark ‘Fascists’ against Italians as loud as you will. There are only one kind of fascists: the ones who force themselves to others and beat them harder when they resist to them,” wrote one user.

          • Hind Abyad

            Zionists are Christian killers

    • Hind Abyad

      I trust Lebanese Shia a million time more than Zionists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROGnoNJc6Nw
      Yalibnan deactivated sound, must click Youtube for sound