Lebanon mustn't be used as base for violence against Israel: foreign ministry
It is incumbent upon any government that is formed in Beirut to ensure that Lebanon will not be used as a base for violence against Israel and Israelis, Israeli Foreign Ministry said Monday in a statement, Xinhua reported.
The statement said political developments in Lebanon after Sunday's parliamentary elections are being followed with great interest by Israel and by all of the states in the region and the international community as well.
"The government of Lebanon must act to strengthen the country's stability and security, to stop arms smuggling into its territory, and to implement the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, first and foremost Resolutions 1559 and 1701," said the statement.
Israel considers the Lebanese government responsible for any military or otherwise hostile activity that emanates from its territory, it noted.
On Sunday, Lebanese cast their votes in the parliamentary elections amid tight security measures to prevent any incident which could hinder what was seen as the most important elections in the history of the country.
First unofficial results of the crucial parliamentary elections in Lebanon revealed that the Hezbollah-led "March 8" opposition lost to the ruling "March 14" alliance, LBC TV reported.
Contrary to what was anticipated by several statistics, the slight victory was in favor of the pro-Western ruling majority over the Syrian and Iranian-backed opposition.
Lebanese Interior Ministry will officially announce the results later Monday while the incoming reports of the ballots from the election machines showed a victory of the ruling majority.