Elijah Magnier, journalist and political analyst from Brussels and Denijal Jegić, activist and scholar from Beirut, told Press TV that Macron’s recent visit to Beirut and his ensuing video conference with the world leaders to call for assistance to Lebanon were meant to ease maritime tensions between Israel and the Arab country in return for aid.
“As far as it concerned with Israel, Macron returned with the promise from the president to ease the maritime dispute between Lebanon and Israel” at a time when Lebanon is in need and is showing more flexibility, Magnier said.
“France speaks on behalf of Israel. The US speaks on behalf of Israel,” he added.
The political analyst further said that Western sanctions have failed to undermine the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.
“It’s our people who are suffering the most and your maximum pressure is not working on Hezbollah and the axis of the resistance but is working against our people who are suffering the most,” the analyst said
He expressed regret over the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, describing him as a “rare honest prime minister that Lebanon has ever seen after Salim al-Hoss.”
The analyst said that Diab did not manage to register any success due to many problems he was facing, including the massive budget deficit and the resignation of several cabinet ministers, who are “the closest to the US and the West.”
“Everything was set up for this government to fail and everybody was insisting for it to fail,” Magnier said.
“The Americans refused to help him. The Saudis the Emiratis did not move forward because they were told by the Americans not to move forward and so the Europeans,” he added.
“We saw Macron needed to go back video to all world to help Lebanon
He said that Diab was “also attacked by the Arabs who refused to receive any delegation from the new government.”
“The Europeans and the US boycotted the Lebanese government, calling it the Hezbollah's government,” the analyst added.