BEIRUT – The leader of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah slammed on Saturday Gulf countries for receiving visits from Israeli leaders, denouncing any normalization of relations with the Jewish state.
“We condemn any form of normalization with the Zionist entity,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech marking the group’s Martyrs’ Day.
Nasrallah was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to Oman on Oct. 25, when he met Sultan Qaboos bin Said in the first official meeting at that level since 1996.
Also last month, Israeli Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev traveled to the United Arab Emirates and became the first Israeli minister to make a state visit to the Grand Mosque, the biggest in the Gulf country, on Oct. 29.
“The current normalization attempts will ... tear off the masks of deceivers and hypocrites,” Nasrallah added.
He also decried the international attention given to the killing of well-known Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Riyadh, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, even as “nothing is done” to stop the “daily massacres” in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia leads an Arab coalition fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.