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Jul 26, 2022
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Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt: War With Israel Could Lead To Mutual Destruction; Hizbullah Has Missiles, But We Cannot Eat Missiles; The Palestinian Refugees In Lebanon Have Nowhere To Return To

#9720 | 02:56
Source: LBC/LDC TV (Lebanon)

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said in a July 26, 2022 show on LBC TV (Lebanon) that a war between Hizbullah and Israel could lead to mutually assured destruction and that Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah should be made aware of this. He also denied claims that there are over 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and he spoke about the economic crisis in Lebanon, commenting that even if Hizbullah has missiles, the Lebanese people have no food. In addition, he said that the Lebanese government should save the country from economic collapse by stopping subsidies for non-essential products and by taking various other measures.

Walid Jumblatt: "I say to Hassan [Nasrallah]: You can launch drones and missiles. You have tremendous capabilities but try to think about the response. You may think you have reached a balance of military power, but even in cases where there is such a balance of power, it is better to be cautious.


"This war will bring about self-destruction, or mutual destruction. In the days of the Cold War, there was a theory of Russian-American mutual annihilation. The Russians calculated how many nuclear bombs they need, to destroy America, and vice versa. [Also here,] we can reach mutual destruction. We do not have to use nuclear bombs. We can use missiles. We should tell [Nasrallah] about the possibility of mutual destruction and try to avoid it.


"There are less than 500,000 Palestinians in Lebanon. Stop saying that there are 600,000, 700,000, or one or two million. According to the UNRWA statistics, there are 300,000. Every now and then, we hear talk about their resettlement [in Lebanon]. Where did they come from? They did not come from the West Bank. They came from Safed, from Upper Galilee, and from pre-1948 Palestine. They have nowhere to return to. We have legislated a law, allowing these people to work, but they are still isolated in their areas and [refugee] camps. This is illegal and contradicts [basic] human norms.


"What are we going to eat? Missiles? Missiles are for war. You cannot eat them. We need to improve the buying power of the Lebanese. We need to stop the economic collapse and the draining of the Central Bank. We need to stop subsidies for products that are not essential and direct them to products that are. We need to do all this in order to get out of the crisis. We need to stop that missile-mania. It can drive you nuts."

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