Lebanese MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc discussed the recent maritime border deal between Israel and Lebanon, in an October 16, 2022 address that aired on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon). He said that while Lebanese people are pleased with the deal, Hizbullah has not declared its opinion yet, because it has not seen the "enemy" sign it, and it does not trust it to do so and abide by the deal. Raad also said that Lebanon's next president must "acknowledge and respect" Hizbullah. For more information on Lebanese MP Mohammad Raad, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 9408 and 7812.
Mohammad Raad: "We want the president of Lebanon to be someone who acknowledges and respects the role and importance of the resistance in defending Lebanese sovereignty. Today, the [Israeli] enemy acknowledged [our right] to extract natural gas from our Lebanese waters. In all honesty, we do not trust this enemy, to this moment, and by no means will we be able to trust this enemy.
"This is why you can see that to this moment, we have not declared our position. We see that the people are pleased about the agreement that was achieved. It is, indeed, a reason to be pleased. But has the enemy signed the agreement? So far, they only said they agreed to it. We want to see that they [really] sign. Once they sign, we will how to provide guarantees that they abide by what they signed."