A map of alleged Hizbullah installations provided to The Washington Post this week by Israeli military officials identifies more than 550 underground bunkers, 300 surveillance sites and 100 other facilities in southern Lebanon, the newspaper said.
“In releasing the map, the Israeli military appeared to be trying to preempt international criticism of any future offensive against the alleged sites, many of which are located in residential villages alongside hospitals, schools and even civilian homes,” the Post said.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday noted that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun “does not want to retrieve the rights of the Christians, but rather to get the biggest share possible (in cabinet) in his quest for his lost role.”
“Let us suppose that we replaced (interior) minister Ziad Baroud with (energy and water) minister Jebran Bassil, would the rights of the Christians be restored? Would the naming of three or four neutral ministers by the president deprive the Christians of their rights?” Geagea wondered.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stated on Wednesday that the Lebanese people can no longer accept the delay in the government formation.
He said: “Everything has stopped functioning … Political and legislative life has been halted.”Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri assured on Wednesday that the government formation is underway and “it will be formed sooner or later, but the timing has not been set yet.”
Addressing developments in Syria during his weekly parliamentary meeting, he said: “The situation in Syria was already stable and it will always stand as the fort of Arabism.”Full Story
The March 14 General Secretariat condemned on Wednesday attempts by some media outlets to involve Lebanon in Syria’s popular opposition movements, which claimed that some independence movements in Lebanon are inciting unrest in the Arab state.
It called on in a statement after its weekly meeting these outlets to cease their “rumors” which it believed are an attempt to employ the developments in the Arab world on the internal Lebanese political scene, demanding that legal action be taken against them.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman commended on Wednesday the security forces’ efforts in trying to uncover the sides behind the abduction of the seven Estonian cyclists in the Bekaa last week, as well as those behind the church bombing in Zahle on Sunday.
He stressed that the “security and maintaining civil peace and Lebanon’s external image are red lines” that should not be crossed, urging security and military officials to take strict measures with anyone violating them.Full Story
Premier-designate Najib Miqati was reportedly planning to propose a 24-member draft cabinet lineup to President Michel Suleiman on Tuesday but was pressured by the March 8 forces not to make such a move.
An Nahar daily said Wednesday that the lineup was divided as follows:Full Story
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad al-Khalifa accused Hizbullah of training Bahraini opposition activists that have launched a campaign to topple the kingdom’s regime.
In remarks to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published Wednesday, Sheikh Khaled said that Shiite Bahrainis who have participated in the protests against the government “were trained in Lebanon.”Full Story
President Michel Suleiman has telephoned his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, several times to express Lebanon’s support for his regime, Baabda palace sources told As Safir daily.
The sources said in remarks published Wednesday that Suleiman stressed to Assad during several telephone conversations that “Lebanon stands by Syria against any plot that threatens its security, stability and patriotic choices.”Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri has stressed that Lebanon’s security should not be linked to the political vacuum created by the deadlock on the formation of the new cabinet.
In remarks to several Beirut dailies published Wednesday, Berri said: “The effectiveness of security apparatuses should not be based on the formation of the government.” He stressed that security agencies have their own budgets.Full Story