Last updated on: 5/13/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

What Are the Official Positions of Lebanon on Israel and the Palestinian Territories?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)

At its 5511th meeting on Aug. 11, 2006, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1701 which called for a full cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel and which “stressed the importance of, and the need to achieve, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” The Resolution was unanimously approved by both the Lebanese and Israeli cabinets.

Nawaf Salam, PhD, Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations, in a Jan. 20, 2014 speech to the UN Security Council titled, “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question,” available at www.un.int, stated:

“Despite all the challenges facing my country, Lebanon remains committed to the full implementation of SC resolution 1701, and stresses the need for you to act swiftly to put an immediate end to the systematic Israeli violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by land, air and sea. My delegation have kept you informed of these violations and requested that its letters to that effect be circulated as official documents of the United Nations.”

Jan. 20, 2014 -

Nawaf Salam

Tammam Salam, Prime Minister of Lebanon, in a Jan. 28, 2015 statement reported on by the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper, available at the Daily Star website, stated:

“Lebanon places the international community in front of their responsibilities and urges them to restrain Israel’s tendency to gamble with the region’s security and stability…

Lebanon reaffirms its commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 in all its clauses, and its appreciation of the efforts deployed by UNIFIL peacekeepers.”

Jan. 28, 2015 -

Tammam Salam

Michel Sleiman, Lebanese President at the time of the quote, speaking at the 25th Arab Summit on Mar. 25, 2014, the transcript of which is available at the Presidency of the Republic of Lebanon’s website, stated:

“The major challenge remains our capacity to influence and press for a just and comprehensive solution to all the aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, away from bilateral or partial solutions, according to the resolutions of the international legitimacy, the terms of reference of the Madrid Conference, and the integral provisions of the Arab Peace Initiative which confirms the Arab right to the land, to the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian State, the guarantee of the non-settlement of Palestinian Refugees in the Arab States whose particular situation does not allow such a settlement, namely Lebanon; all of this at a time when Israel still pursues its occupation, intransigence, attempts to Judaize the Holy Sites, and hostile practices against the Palestinian people.”

Mar. 25, 2014 -

Michel Sleiman