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IDF Intelligence Chief: Hezbollah Kept Lebanon out of Abraham Accords

Head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva speaks at the Reichman University Counter-Terrorism Conference, September 13, 2022 (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva speaks at the Reichman University Counter-Terrorism Conference, September 13, 2022 (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

If it weren’t for Hezbollah, Lebanon would have been part of the Abraham Accords, the head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence said on Monday.

“I am convinced that Lebanon would have been part of the Abraham Accords if not for Hezbollah,” Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva said at Reichman University’s Counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya. “Hezbollah is an organization that wears three hats: protector of the Shia community, an Iranian proxy financed and backed by Tehran, and the protector of Lebanon who took the Lebanese people hostage.”

Israel normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan with the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020. Since then, ties between the countries have increased with bilateral defense agreements signed, over 150 meetings between security officials, dozens of joint exercises, and over $3 billion in defense industry cooperation. The chief of staff of Morocco’s military landed in Israel on Monday and was received at the Kirya Military Headquarters with an honor guard.

According to Haliva, Lebanon is like every other country where Iran has influence, such as Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

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