Delivering a speech to commemorate the 73rd Army Day, Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun said that under the country’s military doctrine, Israel is considered an “enemy state.”
On the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the Lebanese Army’s establishment, the commander of the armed forces, General Joseph Aoun, stated that despite its success in defeating terrorists, including preemptive operations, the military should remain vigilant to defy “the Israeli enemy.”
“The doctrine of the Lebanese Armed Forces is steadier than ever and its compass will remain stable and firmly aimed at defying the Israeli enemy and the threat of terrorism that only serves the Israeli interests and objectives,” Aoun said.
The commander further stressed that the Arab region was engulfed in crises and conflicts that would “undoubtedly have their repercussions” on Lebanon.
“Lebanon has achieved a sweeping victory over terrorism. Nevertheless, this does not mean that it is now safe, for the Israeli enemy is the main party to benefit from terrorism in the region, due to its greed for our land and natural resources. It will take advantage of every chance possible to reach its objectives and avidities,” he said.
Earlier this year, relations between Israel and Lebanon hit a fresh low due to Tel Aviv’s plans to erect a wall along Lebanon’s southern border, as well as over the eastern Mediterranean gas field.