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The Middle East 'Normalization' Train Keeps Moving: Even Top Lebanese Figures Talk of Peace with Israel
PJ Media ^ | 10/29/2020 | P. DAVID HORNIK

Posted on 10/29/2020 6:45:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

On Sunday, Claudine Aoun Roukoz — head of the National Commission for Lebanese Women and a prominent personality in the country — said that if Israel and Lebanon were to resolve issues involving borders and Palestinian refugees, “I do not mind that the Lebanese state makes peace with Israel…. Are we required to remain in a state of war? I do not have an ideological dispute with anyone, but my dispute is political.”

Roukoz has been expressing such views on Lebanon’s national TV. Back on September 24, she wrote: “We all support the principle of peace and I hope to visit Jerusalem.”

Naturally, Roukoz’s statements this week drew sharp rebukes from some quarters. A source from Hizballah’s March 8 alliance said, “The pursuit of normalizing relations with Tel Aviv is seen as suspicions of treason.” And a member of a parliamentary faction aligned with the Shiite Amal movement said, “Our position is clear that Israel is an enemy.”

But what makes Roukoz’s declarations particularly striking is that she’s the daughter of Michel Aoun — president of Lebanon since October 2016. And not only that: back in August, a few days after the signing of the normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Aoun himself was asked about peace with Israel by French TV and hardly ruled it out, replying: “That depends. We have problems with Israel, and we have to resolve them first.”

Decades ago Michel Aoun was leader of a Christian militia that fought Syrian occupying forces in Lebanon. After a 15-year exile in France, he returned to Lebanon in 2005 to lead a Christian parliamentary bloc and seemed — to the surprise of many — to strike up an uneasy alliance with Hizballah.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabs; emmanuelmacron; europeanunion; france; hassannasrallah; hezbollah; iran; israel; jerusalem; lebanon; letshavejerusalem; macron; normalization; waronterror

1 posted on 10/29/2020 6:45:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I would be surprised if any government in Iran’s orbit normalized relations with Israel.


2 posted on 10/29/2020 6:49:31 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy (;-,)
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RE: I would be surprised if any government in Iran’s orbit normalized relations with Israel.

Well, you’re looking at one — Lebanon. Whether it will happen or not is another question, but the fact that they’re even ENTERTAINING and Musing about it PUBLICLY tells us where the tide is shifting.


3 posted on 10/29/2020 6:52:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh noes that can’t be. Obama and Joe and John said so


4 posted on 10/29/2020 6:52:46 AM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Lebanon normalized, that would mean that they escaped Iran’s orbit. I can’t imagine that happening without Hezbollah putting up a nasty fight.


5 posted on 10/29/2020 6:55:47 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy (;-,)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Palestinian s will learn the Arab proverb.
The dogs bark but the caravan passes.
They are being left behind because of their


6 posted on 10/29/2020 6:56:24 AM PDT by griswold3 (Democratic Socialism is Slavery by Mob Rule)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s the domino effect. Too bad the media have no interest (suddenly!) in Mideast peace, as no Dem is in charge to congratulate and fete.


7 posted on 10/29/2020 6:59:04 AM PDT by jeffc (I'm a Patriot, and the media are our enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is great, but what are the chances that these are Hudnahs?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudna


8 posted on 10/29/2020 7:19:00 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Left and Right no longer have anything in common. A House divided against itself cannot stand.)
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9 posted on 10/29/2020 7:50:59 AM PDT by SJackson (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself, M Twaini)
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