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Israeli Official: Hizbullah Exploiting Maritime Border Issue to Wage War against Israel

An Israeli government spokesman accused Hizbullah of exploiting the issue of the maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel in order to wage a war against the Jewish state, reported al-Liwaa daily on Tuesday.

He added that Hizbullah is labeling this matter as “the maritime Shebaa Farms,” noting that it is a strictly political affair, which the party is employing for its interests.

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Cabinet to Make 1 Appointment on Tuesday Amid Alleged Differences between Miqati, Aoun

The cabinet is expected to hold its next meeting on Tuesday to discuss routine administrative issues except for the appointment of the director-general of investments at the energy ministry.

The ministers received on Monday a partial copy of the agenda that includes 54 items.

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Analysts: Hizbullah on Edge in Face of Syria Revolt

The unprecedented revolt threatening the regime in Syria has placed key ally Hizbullah in a tight spot and prompted the Lebanese group to adopt a more measured attitude, analysts say.

"Hizbullah's margin of maneuver is currently very limited because the strategic Iran-Syria-Hizbullah axis is threatened by the revolt and this forces the group to act prudently," said Paris-based Middle East expert Agnes Levallois.

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Berri Says Lebanon Will Defend its Maritime Borders ‘With All Necessary Means’

Speaker Nabih Berri stressed during a meeting with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams that the UNIFIL can play a role in the demarcation of the disputed maritime borders with Israel “unless the navy forces of the UNIFIL are only found to monitor our regional waters and shores.”

As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday that Williams was insisting on his stance during the discussion, saying that the “U.N. isn’t specialized in demarcating any maritime border, and the two disputed countries have to negotiate” over the issue.

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Fransen Hasn’t Yet Decided on Making Public Entire Indictment or Only Part of it

Pre-trial Judge Daniel Fransen is mulling whether to make the entire indictment in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s murder case public or keep parts of it confidential, Special Tribunal for Lebanon spokesman Marten Youssef has unveiled.

Youssef told MTV on Monday that Fransen is still thinking about the issue. He has till August 11 when the 30-day period given to Lebanon to serve out the arrest warrants against four Hizbullah members ends.

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Suleiman Insists on Participation of All Parties as Condition to Launch Dialogue

President Michel Suleiman will unveil during the upcoming days his discussions about the necessity of re-launching the national dialogue with the different parties and the issues that should be tackled on the table, As Safir reported on Tuesday.

Presidential sources told the newspaper that the president is “determined to make use of the previous dialogue rounds to be a starting point for the new dialogue table in an attempt to establish a defense strategy.”

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Lebanon Arrests Human Rights Activist, Releases him the Same Day

State commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr released a human rights activist on Monday night the same day he was arrested by the army intelligence for allegedly sending reports to the U.N. on torture cases in Lebanese prisons.

Al-Mustaqbal daily said Tuesday that Activist Saadeddine Shatila was arrested on Monday morning for writing reports about torture cases and informing the U.N. about them in 2010 and for following-up cases of Syrian refugees who began arriving in Lebanon since the start of the uprising against the Assad regime.

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Nasrallah to Stress Hizbullah’s Ability to Defeat Israel as Qassem Slams March 14

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected to deliver a televised speech at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the latest developments in Lebanon, Hizbullah’s Media Relations Department announced.

Nasrallah will deliver his speech on the fifth anniversary of July 2006 war. The “Dignity and Victory” rally will be held at al-Raya Stadium in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs.

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Abou Faour: Jumblat Concerned Over Lebanon’s Civil Peace, Syria’s Stability

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat continues to remain a centrist and seeks to defend civil peace, Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Tuesday.

Civil peace is a priority for Jumblat who is only interested in keeping Lebanon away from strife, Abou Faour, who represents the PSP chief in the cabinet, said.

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Jumblat: Media, Political Battle on Arms Leads to Sectarian Tension

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat said that the media and political scuffle between the March 8 and 14 forces is “a battle without any horizon and won’t lead to any result.”

In remarks to al-Liwaa daily published Tuesday, Jumblat said: “The only result of this battle is more Sunni-Shiite tension.”

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