Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid will look to send a message to Lebanon and Hezbollah during his meeting Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, a senior Israeli official said on Monday night.
“We want the French president to use his connections to make clear to the Lebanese government we intend to complete the negotiations,” said the official, referring to indirect talks between the Zionist entity and Lebanon over the maritime boundary.
“We want to do it, but we won’t be able to do it under Hezbollah threats.”
“Hezbollah should not play with fire,” added the official, warning that a strike on a gas platform “could be a very dangerous act.”
Lapid took off for Paris mid-morning on Tuesday. He will meet with Macron in the mid-afternoon at the Elysee Palace.
“The prime minister will present new materials that will explain how Hezbollah endangers Lebanon’s security and stability,” the Israeli official said, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
“The message we want to be sent to them is that it would extremely beneficial for them to take advantage of the present opportunity,” said the official.
“We can get to an agreement,” said the official, “if they don’t let Hezbollah get in the way.”