Hizbullah-Affiliated Lebanese academic Dr. Sadek Al-Naboulsi said in an August 15, 2022 show on Al-Jadeed TV (Lebanon) that there has been no real breakthrough in the maritime border negotiations between Israel and Lebanon. He said that a confrontation is on the horizon if there is no American or Israeli response to Lebanese demands, and he said that Israeli silence amounts to aggression against Lebanon. Later in the show, Dr. Al-Naboulsi denied claims that Iran has disavowed the recent attempt on the life of British-American author Salman Rushdie, and he said that if Imam Khomeini had not issued the fatwa against Rushdie, then the "global arrogance" would have distorted the image of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad even more extensively. He said that someone had to stand against the "wild" Western campaign against Islam, and that "they should not put up such a dramatic and tragic show," considering that the U.S. is responsible for a million deaths in Iraq and for the "siege" on Yemen and Palestine. For more information about Al-Naboulsi, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 8793, 8053, 7834, and 7157.
Dr. Sadek Al-Naboulsi: "So far, there has been no real breakthrough [in the negotiations with Israel]. There are no answers yet regarding the Lebanese demands. Therefore, I would not pin hopes on things published by the media. At the moment, we are heading towards a confrontation, unless we receive an American response quickly."
Interviewer: "You mean that Hizbullah will start a war, unless there is an affirmative Israeli response?"
Al-Naboulsi: "Refraining from answering constitutes an Israeli aggression. It means that Israel, not Hizbullah, wants war."
Interviewer: "Why has Iran washed its hands of [Rushdie's attack]...?"
Al-Naboulsi: "It did not. Show me where this was written."
Interviewer: "I have the statement here with me..."
Al-Naboulsi: "I don't care about diplomatic texts...
"It is Khamenei who accurately reflects the spirit of Islam and of Imam Khomeini. Khamenei said that no change whatsoever had been introduced to this fatwa.
"If Imam Khomeini had not issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the global arrogance would have dared to distort the image of Islam and its Prophet even more than what is happening today. Someone had to stand up against this wild campaign against Islam and the Muslims.
"With all due respect, they should not put up such a dramatic and tragic show about that author Salman Rushdie. The U.S. has killed one million human beings in Iraq without batting an eye. It has laid siege to Yemen and to the Palestinians, and it is killing the Palestinians."