Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader ends anti-Israel mobilization

A Hezbollah flag and a poster depicting Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah are pictured along a street, near Sidon, Lebanon July 7, 2020. (ALI HASHISHO / REUTERS)

BEIRUT – The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah announced on Thursday the end of his party's "exceptional" mobilization against Israel after Lebanese and Israeli leaders finalized a maritime demarcation deal.

Technically, Lebanon and Israel have remained in a state of war

"The mission was accomplished," Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech, adding what happened is considered a great victory for Lebanon and its population.

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Lebanese authorities were careful not to take any steps that may be perceived as normalization with Israel, Nasrallah noted. Technically, Lebanon and Israel have remained in a state of war.
"What was signed by President Michel Aoun is not an international treaty, and it is not a recognition of Israel," the Hezbollah leader said.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese armed group and political party backed by Iran.
Lebanon and Israel on Thursday finalized the US-brokered maritime demarcation deal after lengthy negotiations.

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After signing the agreement earlier in the day, Lebanese President Michel Aoun pledged that the deal with Israel is purely "technical work" without any political dimensions.