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SEPTEMBER 2020

“Don’t Die Before I Kill You”: Israel Offers Lebanon Humanitarian Aid Following Explosion

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"Don't Die Before I Kill You": Israel Offers Lebanon Humanitarian Aid Following Explosion

Firefighter douse a blaze at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. – Two huge explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut, wounding dozens of people, shaking buildings and sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the sky. Lebanese media carried images of people trapped under rubble, some bloodied, after the massive explosions, the cause of which was not immediately known. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Israel officially offered Lebanon humanitarian medical aid.

This was carried out via international security and diplomatic channels and happened under order by Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

As such, this was not an official offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Likud party, but from the Blue and White.

Gantz is, however, scheduled to become Prime Minister of Israel in November 2021, meaning he isn’t exactly without authority to carry out such a move.

Regardless, the sheer hypocrisy of the offer is astounding.

Israel quite regularly threatens Lebanon with restarting war between the two countries, threatens to strike various locations inside it and what not.

However, in the face of an alleged humanitarian incident such as this Tel’Aviv appears as a trusted friend, ready to offer help.

Essentially, they can be blown up, but only by Israel, accidents can’t cause their death.

Just days earlier, on August 1st, Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said that Lebanon is prepared to defend itself against Israel’s attacks, which are in violation of the 2006 UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

On the same day, Lebanon said it would lodge an official complaint with the UNSC.

The Israeli military claimed it had “thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah” in the Jabal Ros area.

Hezbollah, however, denied the claim, saying:

“There was no clash or shooting on our part in the events that took place today on the southern border in Lebanon, but rather it was only one party which was the fearful, anxious, and tense enemy.”

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