JUMBLATT SAYS TWO-STATE SOLUTION A “HUGE LIE”, AGREES TO 1701 IMPLEMENTATION IN CONSENSUS BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH & VARIOUS LEBANESE FORCES THROUGH STATE, STRENGTHENING OF ARMY, WITH SAME CONDITIONS APPLYING TO ISRAEL

In an interview with 'Russia Today', former Progressive Socialist Party Chief Walid Jumblatt highlighted some of the points he discussed with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, during his visit to Moscow, amongst which was the Palestinian issue where he described the two-state solution as being a 'big lie'. 'My position was clear and identical to Lavrov's position. Where will this state be established, on the rubble of Gaza?' Jumblatt questioned, noting that there is a possibility of displacing its population after its complete destruction, so that only Rafah remains of Gaza. He added, 'It seems that the Israelis will begin the systematic destruction of Rafah, thus forcing the Palestinians to migrate to the whole world and the West Bank, where there are 800 thousand settlers...Hence, where can this state be established? There is an impossibility...but it is just propaganda for some of the Arab world and Western public opinion to perhaps give the Palestinians their rights, but they will not give th em their rights, for that is impossible....' Asked to comment on the Arab stance regarding the Palestinian issue, Jumblatt said: 'I am not here to comment on the Arab position. I gave my opinion at a certain stage, and when we see the map of the Arab world there are positions that are okay, but I am not here to talk about the Arab stance...' 'The war continues, and the Israeli strategic goal, which lies in forced or voluntary transfer and displacement, is a detail, while the pursuant goal is the complete Judaization of Gaza and Jerusalem,' he underlined. At the internal Lebanese level, Jumblatt said in response to a question: 'We want and agree to implement Resolution 1701, but this implementation can only be through consensus between Hezbollah and the various Lebanese forces, and through the state, and strengthening the Lebanese army to fill the vacuum in this region, on the condition that we apply the same matters to Israel. I mention it here. The armistice agreement dictates that Lebanon and Israel have a certain neutral distance in northern Lebanon as well as Palestine. But implementing the armistice agreement from one side is not logical.' Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

FOREIGN MINISTRY CONDEMNS AGGRESSIVE PLANS TO STORM RAFAH, CALLS ON SECURITY COUNCIL TO TAKE A DECISION FOR AN IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE

Lebanon's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants strongly condemned, in an issued statement on Sunday, "the aggressive Israeli plans to storm the city of Rafah, in continuation of the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip and the forced displacement of Palestinians." The Ministry called on the UN Security Council 'to assume its responsibilities by adopting a decision for an immediate ceasefire and the entry of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, leading to the recognition of the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy and in accordance with the principles of international law.' Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

MIKATI’S PRESS OFFICE: MEDIA CAMPAIGNS LAUNCHED AGAINST THE PM LACK CREDIBILITY

Prime Minister Najib Mikati's press office issued a statement this evening, in which it indicated that the recent media campaigns launched against the Prime Minister lack credibility and reasoning. It said: 'Since the Council of Ministers issued the decision to appoint Major General Hassan Audeh as Chief of Staff, a number of politicians and journalists launched a campaign against the decision and accused the Prime Minister and the government of confiscating the powers of the President of the Republic and overthrowing the Taif Agreement... Some also fantasized about alleged scenarios of communication between the Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Shura Council, Judge Fadi Elias....' The statement categorically denied such allegations, asserting that 'His Excellency the Prime Minister did not consult with the Chairman of the State Shura Council regarding the appointment issue, and no communication occurred between them regarding this dossier or any other, and therefore everything that is said to the co ntrary is a mere fabrication with known directions...' The statement continued to emphasize that the Prime Minister was clear in his approach to this file when it was presented to the Council of Ministers, as he explained the reasons for the decision and its necessity to ensure the stability of the army institution, following the Defense Minister's stance in refraining to carry out his duty in this regard. 'It was necessary for the Council of Ministers, with its comprehensive authority, to take the appropriate decision,' the statement maintained. It went on to state that if some are not in favor of the decision, they can always resort to legal methods to appeal it, assuring that the government will submit to any judicial decision that may be issued in this regard in the event of any appeal, adding that the Prime Minister has clearly stated this in the appointment session, while reiterating his adherence to the Taif Agreement. Finally, the statement concluded by stressing that 'the clear truth is that the government is managing the affairs of the state and its people, while others are refraining from carrying out their duty in electing a new president, to restore full compliance with the work of constitutional institutions...Elect a president so Lebanon can rest!' Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

HARIRI ARRIVES IN BEIRUT

The media office of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his arrival in Beirut this evening to partake in the commemoration of the assassination of martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and his companions to be held on Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2024. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

RESISTANCE CARRIES OUT NUMBER OF OPERATIONS AGAINST POSITIONS AND DEPLOYMENTS OF “ISRAELI” ENEMY ARMY

In support of the steadfast Palestinian people in Gaza and in reinforcement of their brave and honorable resistance, the Islamic resistance carried out a number of operations against positions and deployments of the "Israeli" enemy army on the Palestinian-Lebanese borders on Saturday, 10-2-2024, as follows: - Eastern Sector: 1. At 14:30, Islamic Resistance fighters seized an "Israeli" enemy Skylark reconnaissance drone in good technical condition. 2. At 17:45, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted a building in Al-Manara settlement where "Israeli" enemy soldiers were positioned with appropriate weapons, resulting in a direct hit, in response to "Israeli" attacks on southern villages and civilian homes. 3. At 17:45, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted the soldier's house facility in Kiryat Shmona settlement with appropriate weapons, resulting in a direct hit, in response to "Israeli" enemy's attacks on villages and civilian homes. 4. At 18:15, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted the artillery bunkers of the "Israeli" enemy forces in Dishon with Katyusha rockets. - Western Sector: 1. At 12:40, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted Branit barracks with missile weapons. 2. At 15:05, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted Jal Al-Allam site with missile weapons, resulting in a direct hit. 3. At 17:15, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted a gathering of "Israeli" enemy soldiers at Hadab Aita Height with missile weapons, resulting in a direct hit. 4. At 18:20, Islamic Resistance fighters targeted Khirbet Ma'ar base and its bunkers with Falaq missiles. * The number of operations carried out by the Islamic resistance during 126 days, from 08/10/2023 to 10/02/2024, amounted to 1008 operations. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSES IN SAHRA CHOUEIFAT

A five-storey building in the Sahra Chouaifet area collapsed this morning, with no immediate reports of casualties. The emergency teams affiliated with the Islamic Risala Scout Association rushed to the scene to inspect the damage and remove the rubble. The second building adjacent to the first building that collapsed in the Sahra Choueifat is now being evacuated. Source: National News Agency - Lebanon