Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has stressed his country’s rejection of US President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, dubbed “the deal of the century,” stating all Lebanese government institutions and people from all walks of life are opposed to the plan.
“The government, parliament and all of Lebanon are against the deal of the century,” Hariri said during a legislative session in the capital Beirut on Wednesday.
The remarks came a few days after Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri strongly condemned the much-touted American plan.
He said on Sunday that anyone who thought “waving billions of dollars” could get Lebanon to barter “over its principles” was mistaken.
Hezbollah resistance movement has already declared the United States’ so-called Middle East peace plan a “historic crime” that must be stopped.
On Tuesday, thousands of Palestinian refugees staged a protest in a show of disdain from the Palestinian leadership for a US-led economic workshop in Bahrain.
In Beirut, demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations headquarters to voice concern as they waved Palestinian flags and carried banners.
Protesters at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon held a separate demonstration. The so-called “Peace to Prosperity” workshop opened in Bahrain on June 25 and will run through June 26.
The Palestinian leadership is boycotting the meeting, leading critics to question the credibility of the event. The Palestinian Bar Association (PBA) plans to file a lawsuit against participants in the US-led conference in Manama.
Mashaal: Palestinians unanimously reject deal of century, Bahrain confab
Meanwhile, former chief of the political bureau of Palestinian Hamas resistance movement says the Palestinian nation entirely dismisses the so-called deal of the century and the US-sponsored summit in Bahrain.
Khaled Meshaal described the US-led initiative as “suspicious, poisonous and aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause,” affirming that “the Palestinian people are unanimous in rejecting the deal and will not allow it to take place.”
“The deal of the century has no future and is doomed to failure, God willing. There are Palestinian constants and red lines our people are adherent to and they will not accept any bargaining over them,” he said.
Meshaal also accused some Arab regimes of attempting to sell out Palestine which he described as “the Jewel of the Arabs” through accepting bribes.
“Those who have internal crises and agendas and want to sacrifice Palestine for their own sake and to please American are mistaken and committing a crime against Palestine. If they want to gamble, they should gamble with what they have,” he commented.