Lebanese leaders from across the political spectrum have called the prisoner swap between the Israeli regime and Hamas a victory for the Palestinian people against the oppressors.
President Michel Sleiman said on Tuesday in Beirut that Israel should learn from the prisoner swap that its policy of aggression will fail and bring instability to the region,
Lebanese English daily The Daily Star reported.
On Tuesday, 477 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli jails as the first part of a deal to release 1,027 Palestinian inmates in exchange for Hamas-captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the policy of aggression adopted by the Tel Aviv regime cannot last, nor achieve its objectives, and the regime must eventually surrender to a just and righteous cause of the Palestinian people.
Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani advised all Palestinian groups to stand firm in the face of the Israeli occupation until the liberation of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and all of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Qabbani emphasized Lebanon’s support for the Palestinian struggle and the refugees’ right of return and rejected their naturalization in Arab countries.
Hezbollah also welcomed the prisoner swap the result of resistance against the Israeli regime and a proof that the Tel Aviv only understands the language of force.
â€œCongratulations to the choice of resistance for this new victory,â€ Hezbollah’s Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc lawmaker Ali Ammar told reporters at Parliament.
Hezbollah official Sheikh Ahmad Mrad noted that the resistance is the only way to liberate prisoners after all other means have proven to be failures.
Bahia Hariri, a lawmaker from Future Movement, said the swap was the product of years of sacrifice and resistance by the Palestinians that remained committed to the liberation of the occupied territories.
Palestinian refugees in Lebanese camps celebrated what they described as a victory for all resistance movements.
The national anthem was played and victory slogans were raised in Bass refugee camp in the southern city of Tyre, where officials of Hezbollah and Amal Movement congratulated Hamas during a mass demonstration.