Lebanon's Fadlallah issues fatwa, bans normalising ties with Israel

Lebanon's Shi'ite leader said that "normalizing ties with Israel" is forbidden according to Sharia, issuing a fatwa, reports said.

Lebanon's Fadlallah issues fatwa, bans normalising ties with Israel

World Bulletin / News Desk

Lebanon's Shi'ite leader said on Sunday that "normalizing ties with Israel" is forbidden according to Sharia, issuing a fatwa, reports said.

Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah said that ""The normalisation of ties with the Zionist enemy in any form is prohibited by Sharia (Islamic law)."

"We confirm that the fatwa against normalisation applies to every Muslim."

Fadhlallah's statement comes at a time when several Arab governments have indicated that they would consider steps towards normalization but only if Israel agrees to a complete halt to settlement construction.

Fadlallah accused Arab leaders of "attempting to fool" the Muslim and Arab world, Lebanon's Daily Star said.

He said Arab leaders were negotiating the normalization of ties with Israel, "while the Palestinian people are getting exhausted and becoming further subdued."

U.S. has been trying to "persuade" Israel freeze settlement construction in the occupied West Bank in return of Arab concession on recognation Israel while still occupying Palestinian territories.

Several Arab governments have indicated that they would consider steps towards normalisation but only if Israel agrees to a complete halt to settlement construction and end occupation.

Only Egypt and Jordan from Arab states have signed peace treaties with the Jewish state.

Jewish Settlements

He noted that Israel continued to build new settlements with the approval of the United States. He added that the US does not ask for concessions from Israel.

Despite international calls, Netanyahu has said the building of some 2,500 buildings in the occupied West Bank would continue and that the city of Jerusalem would not be included in any settlement deal. World Court ruled Jewish settlements were illegal on occupied Palestinian territories according to international law.

The United States and European Union regard them as obstacles to peace.

Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".

Saudi Arabia must refuse to engage Israel until the Jewish state has released its "grip on Arab lands," an influential Saudi royal told New York Times.

Faisal said the kingdom must "refuse to engage Israel until it ends its illegal occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, as well as Shebaa Farms in Lebanon."

Israel waged a bloody 34-day war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 after Hezbollah fighters seized two Israeli soldiers in a deadly cross-border raid that aimed to free Lebanese soldiers from Israeli prisons. The bodies of the soldiers were returned in a prisoner swap.

The war claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, most of them civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

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