Nasrallah Slams Hariri, Expresses Support to Orthodox Gathering Proposalإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lashed out on Saturday at ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri, accusing him of trying to strike a settlement over backing him for the premiership, expressing his support to the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft-law.
“You proposed to neutralize the arms of the resistance if we agreed to support you as a premier,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech commemorating Hizbullah’s “martyr leaders.”
He pointed out that Hizbullah rejected the deal over “national interests.”
Nasrallah stressed that “if the weapons of the resistance weren't to confront Israel it wouldn't be worth the sacrifice.”
Hariri said in a speech marking the 8th anniversary of ex-PM Rafik Hariri's murder that the “biggest predicament is that Hizbullah cannot see Lebanon without the military and security structure built by Iran over the last thirty years.”
Nasrallah addressed in his speech the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
“When we deal with (Prime Minister Najib) Miqati's government, we are sure that it will not stab the resistance in the back,” he noted.
Hariri considered in Thursday's speech that Hizbullah “continues to bury its head in the sand and refuses to see the state of anxiety, alienation and division that exists in the Islamic arena as a result of its refusal to hand over the suspects.”
Four Hizbullah members have been named suspects by the STL in the Beirut truck bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others on Feb. 14 , 2005.
The party denies the charges and has refused to hand over the suspects.
Concerning the new electoral law, Nasrallah hailed the Orthodox Gathering proposal, saying: “We are convinced (that it achieves better representation) even if we had a priority to make Lebanon one district based on proportional representation.”
“We agreed on the Orthodox deaf-law and we will vote if it was proposed at the parliament,” he said.
The rival March 14 and 8 coalitions are holding crunch talks to find common ground over an electoral law to be adopted during the upcoming parliamentary election.
Several electoral draft laws have been proposed including the the so-called Orthodox Gathering proposal, which calls for a single district and allows each sect to vote for its own MPs under a proportional representation system.
But al-Mustaqbal bloc, from the opposition, and the the Democratic Gathering of centrist MP Walid Jumblat have criticized it and stood firm in favor of a winner-takes-all system.
Nasrallah said on Saturday that the split over the situation in Syria doesn't “mean that we want the turmoil to spill over into Lebanon.”
Lebanese parties are sharply divided over the situation in Syria with the opposition backing the revolt that began in March 2011, while Hizbullah and its allies supporting the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad.
“We believe in the rise of the state and the implementation of the Taif accord... We believe in coexistence and equality,” Hizbullah leader said.
Nasrallah downplayed the possibility of an Israeli attack on Lebanon, accusing Lebanese and Arab media outlets of “reporting such exaggerations.”
He rejected the Bulgarian accusations that Hizbullah was involved in the deadly attack on Israeli tourists last year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu immediately blamed Hizbullah for the attack... But Israel doesn't wage a war as a reaction,” Nasrallah said in his speech.
Five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver were killed in a bus bombing at Burgas airport on the Black Sea in July, the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004.
Bulgaria recently formally blamed the attack on Hizbullah, triggering renewed pressure on the European Union to follow Canada, the United States and others in formally designating the movement a “terrorist group.”
The Bulgarian government said two people behind the attack held Canadian and Australian passports, but lived in Lebanon and were members of Hizbullah.
Hizbullah's chief pointed out that the developments in Syria didn't affect the resistance in Lebanon.
“The resistance in Lebanon is fully equipped and ready nowadays, we have everything we need to maintain our power... We don't need any arms from Syria... Israel realizes that,” Nasrallah stated.
He warned the Jewish state that the “resistance will not standstill before any attack on Lebanon and its territories.”
U.S. and Israeli officials have recently expressed concern that the “chaos” in the neighboring country Syria could allow Hizbullah to obtain sophisticated weapons from the Damascus regime.
Nasrallah offered his condolences over the death of Houssam Khosh Newes, an Iranian development officials, who was killed on his way to Lebanon from Syria.
He also saluted the Bahraini revolution, expressing hope that the national dialogue in the gulf country would be able to achieve the people's aspirations.
Hizbullah has been a strong advocate of the popular protests in Bahrain that began in 2011.
On Saturday, Bahrain's Information Minister Samira Rajab accused Hizbullah of “extremism” and "terrorism," describing it as a “terrorist militia.”
Ties between Lebanon and Bahrain reached an all-time low in 2011 when Nasrallah slammed the crackdown on the protesters.
His remarks prompted the Bahraini authorities to suspend the flights of Gulf Air and Bahraini Air between Manama and Beirut for several months.
16 February 2013, 17:19
Nasrallah: We do not want to take over the country and monopolizing the rule, we believe in power-sharing.
16 February 2013, 17:18
Nasrallah: We want the establishment of a state in Lebanon and we beleive in the Taif accord.
16 February 2013, 17:17
Nasrallah: We believe in equal power-sharing and this is why we agreed on the Orthodox Gathering's draft law.
16 February 2013, 17:13
Nasrallah to Hariri: Disarming Hizbullah was not mentioned in the Doha accord that you agreed on and the resistance was an exception to handing over the weapons by other groups in the country.
16 February 2013, 17:13
Nasrallah to Hariri: You suggested neutralizing the issue of the resistance's arm to support you to head the cabinet but we want a prime minister that resides and is available in the country.
16 February 2013, 17:08
Nasrallah: We agreed on the four-party alliance in the 2005 parliamentary elections to preserve national unity and avoid Sunni-Shiite strife.
16 February 2013, 17:04
Nasrallah: The resistance is a priority to us because Lebanon and the region are threatened and it is the only mean for defense.
16 February 2013, 17:03
Nasrallah on PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat: He has a clear stance towards the resistance but we are divided on Syria's conflict, and we will not encourage tension in the country because of our different views on this topic.
16 February 2013, 16:59
Nasrallah: We favor an electoral law that considers Lebanon one single electoral district and adopts proportional representation, but we do support Christians' call for just representation and hence, we will go with the Orthodox suggestion.
16 February 2013, 16:57
Nasrallah on the Orthodox Gathering's draft electoral law: Christians have the right to ask for just representation and for electing their own MPs.
16 February 2013, 16:55
Nasrallah: PM Miqati and his cabinet will remain faithful to the resistance.
16 February 2013, 16:52
Nasrallah on former PM Saad Hariri's speech during the commemoration of late PM Rafik Hariri's assassination: Reducing the number of Shiite ministers aimed at giving a chance to a reputable historical family in Lebanon, the Karami family, to take part in the political life. And the scarified Shiite minister belonged to AMAL not Hizbullah.
16 February 2013, 16:44
Nasrallah: We are able to target the infrastructure of Israel, but will it be able to bear the economic and social consequences of a war?
16 February 2013, 16:43
Nasrallah: The resistance will respond to any attack on Lebanese territories.
16 February 2013, 16:42
Nasrallah: The resistance is ready and possesses all arnaments and weaons to face any Israeli attack without the need of Iranian of Syrian aid.
16 February 2013, 16:41
Nasrallah: Syria is occupied with its conflict and is unable at the moment to aid the resistance in Lebanon in a war against Israel. This reality can be exploited to attack Lebanon and try to eliminate the resistance.
16 February 2013, 16:36
Nasrallah: Talks about an Israeli war in Lebanon that are traced to international reports reflect the aspirations of local factions but when Israel wants to wage a war, it does not look for any excuse. Israel has a project and that's what drives it into a war.
16 February 2013, 16:35
Nasrallah on Bulgaria's accusation of the party's involvement in the Burgas bus attack: Lebanese politicians are exploiting it and have directly readied themselves for the cabinet's resignation.
16 February 2013, 16:32
Nasrallah: The talks about an anticipated Israeli war in Lebanon are invented and disseminated by local factions instead of Israel.
16 February 2013, 16:29
Nasrallah: We salute the Bahraini revolution and we hope the national dialogue will be able to achieve people's aspirations in the country.
16 February 2013, 16:28
Nasrallah offered his condolences to the Iranian Republic over the death Houssam Khosh Newes, an Iranian development official killed on his way to Lebanon from Syria.
16 February 2013, 16:26
Nasrallah: The future will reveal the aspects of cooperation between the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance.
16 February 2013, 16:25
Nasrallah: The resistance succeeded when the Lebanese stood by its side and the people were the ones to achieve the liberation.
16 February 2013, 16:24
Nasrallah: The Lebanese resistance has helped the Palestinian resistance by all means to become strong.
16 February 2013, 16:20
Nasrallah: For 30 years the resistance was one of the strongest realities that changed regional strategies.
16 February 2013, 16:19
Nasrallah: The resistance's achievements are publicly acknowledged.
16 February 2013, 16:17
Nasrallah: We have to be faithful to the martyrs' will and to the cause.
16 February 2013, 16:17
Nasrallah: The biggest threat in the region is Israel and Zionism and the only logical choice is popular resistance.
16 February 2013, 16:15
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech commemorating the party's "Martyr Leader": In this memory we vow to honor the will and the cause of the martyrs.