Netanyahu claims that Bassil’s tour missed the Hezbollah precision missile plant

Holding up aerial photos of the alleged Hezbollah facilities, PM Netanyahu warned Hezbollah : “Israel knows what you are doing, Israel knows where you are doing it, and Israel will not let you get away with it.”
Holding up aerial photos of the alleged Hezbollah facilities, PM Netanyahu warned Hezbollah : “Israel knows what you are doing, Israel knows where you are doing it, and Israel will not let you get away with it.” But Lebanon FM Gebran Bassil took several ambassadors for a tour of the locations and accused Netanyahu of fabricating lies to justify another aggression against Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Hezbollah of “blatantly lying to the international community with a false, propaganda tour by the means of Lebanon’s foreign minister.”

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, center tours a soccer club, with diplomats and journalists, one of several locations they visited near Beirut's international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. The ministry-organized tour, including a Golf course and the soccer club, was an effort to dispel Israeli allegations of the presence ofHezbollah missile sites there. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, center tours a soccer club, with diplomats and journalists, one of several locations they visited near Beirut’s international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. The ministry-organized tour, including a Golf course and the soccer club, was an effort to dispel Israeli allegations of the presence ofHezbollah missile sites there. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Referring to the tour of the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Ahed sport club which Bassil organized for the foreign ambassadors in Lebanon, Netanyahu said Bassil “took ambassadors to the football pitch but not the adjacent underground precision missile plant.”

“The ambassadors should ask themselves why they waited three days till the tour took place,” Netanyahu said on Twitter.

“It’s sad the Lebanese government is sacrificing the safety of its residents in covering for Hezbollah, which has taken Lebanon hostage in its aggression against Israel,” he added.

In addition to the football stadium, the tour included a nearby golf course and a warehouse in the Ouzai area. The warehouse was included in the tour at the request of one of the Lebanese reporters.

Live TV footage showed the apparently abandoned warehouse littered with plastic bags and napkins and those who entered it did not report any suspicious activity or equipment.

The tour did not go to a third site indicated by Netanyahu as a dock by the Ouzai waterfront.

Calling on the international community to prevent any Israeli attack on Lebanon, Bassil said the Lebanese government would not allow rocket facilities near the airport and that Hezbollah is “wiser” than to place them there. He said Netanyahu’s claims were based on “inaccurate” estimates without any “compelling evidence.”

Netanyahu comments come after Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adrai on Monday lashed out at caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil after the latter’s call for a meeting with Lebanon’s foreign ambassadors against the backdrop of Netanyahu’s missile sites allegations.

In a tweet, Adrai addressed Bassil saying : “What do you plan to tell the ambassadors caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil? You have first to stop Hezbollah’s terrorism and remove its arms near Beirut’s airport. Have you inspected well whether the divine party still owns the sites we have revealed?”

AFP

  • Arzna

    I think the Lebanese government should ask UNIFIL to check Netanyahu’s claim. It is in Lebanon’s interest to make sure that such plants do not exist. We do not want Israel to have any excuse to attack our only airport

    • Y K

      “We do not want Israel to have any excuse to attack our only airport”

      Yeah, the Israelis are looking for “excuses” to attack Beirut airport. I guess it’s because they are scared of the competition. Or maybe all worked up over the outrageous prices for tuna sandwiches.

    • Rascal

      The Lebanese government protects and lies for the Party of Iran.

  • Rascal

    If Israel had sane and normal neighbors things would be different, but living next door to trouble making Hezb/Iran shiite terror group tends to keep everyone on a war-footing. Never let down your guard with Iran, they can not be trusted. Look how they even recently get caught in failed terror attack in France lately, Iran is a real piece of shiite while it is under the control of the mad mullahs.

  • master09

    I think Hassan has a missile at Basil’s Assssssss