'Israel' lost military strength, faces existential threat: Res. Gen.
An Israeli occupation forces Reserve General says "Israel" is highly vulnerable against the threats facing it.
The Israeli occupation has lost its military strength over the past two decades, exposing "Tel Aviv" to various threats, Israeli Major General (Reserve) Yitzhak Brick told Israeli media on Wednesday.
"For you to conduct negotiations about political and economic interests, you must have a trump card, and if you don't, you are giving up or gambling everything," Brick added.
"Israel lost its military strength over the last 20 years, and it is subject to blackmail and an existential threat it cannot respond to," the Israeli general stressed. "As a result, Israeli officials are before a very tough decision: either lose economic interests to Lebanon or risk a highly-destructive war. We, with our own hands, set the stage for our blackmail."
"We have been deterred by Hezbollah throughout the entirety of the past decade," Israeli author and military affairs commentator Yossi Yehoshua said. "Every government here in Israel was advised by the security and military establishment to remain as such."
The Israeli occupation cabinet approved on Wednesday the US-brokered maritime border agreement with Lebanon, with all its members voting in favor, except Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who abstained, Israeli media reported.
The media said Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yair Lapid did not wish to seek the Knesset's approval, since if put to vote in the parliament, it is not clear whether the maritime agreement will pass.
In the same context, Israeli former Brigadier General Amir Avivi said on Tuesday that Hezbollah has forced "Israel" to submit and kneel.
The former Brigadier General clarified that "Israel" is now witnessing a dangerous precedent whereby Hezbollah has threatened "Israel", and "Israel" has submitted to the threat especially now that it is close to holding Knesset elections in November.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz tackled the Israeli occupation's maritime border agreement with Lebanon and considered that the balance tilted to Lebanese Hezbollah's side in this matter.
Haaretz said that "Israeli society is not interested in discussing the price of war with Hezbollah. This is a doomsday scenario. Thousands of missiles on Israeli cities. Tremendous destruction, cities in ruins, thousands of civilians killed, hundreds of thousands injured."
This comes after Lebanon received the written proposal from the US mediator Amos Hochstein through US Ambassador Dorothy Shea regarding the demarcation of maritime borders.
It is noteworthy that the Lebanese Resistance, Hezbollah, has been a very effective factor in bringing the Israelis to the indirect negotiations table after it announced from day one that it has the Lebanese government's back in its righteous and sovereign claims.
Lapid claims historic agreement, Netanyahu says 'historic submission'
The agreement between "Tel Aviv" and Beirut stirred up a lot of unhinged political discussions within the Israeli occupation.
Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced on Tuesday that "Israel" has reached a historic agreement on maritime demarcation agreement mediated by the US.
"This is a historic achievement that will bolster Israel's security, bring billions into the Israeli economy and bring stability to the northern border," Lapid said in a statement.
Israeli media, soon after Lapid's statements, gave former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a platform to criticize the drafted agreement from a position of opposition.
The Israeli opposition leader argued that "this is not a historical agreement, but rather a historical submission, liquidation [in the commercial sense] one that pertains specifically to Lapid."