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Israel MI Chief: Iran, Hizbullah Are Aiding Syria over Fears of Losing their Partnership

Israel's military intelligence chief has said that Iran has exploited the recent unrest in the Middle East to deepen its influence throughout the region, accusing the Islamic Republic of actively intervening in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and beyond.

Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi told Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday that Iran was involved in planning two violent confrontations with crowds that tried to breach Israel's frontiers with Lebanon and Syria in recent months. He also said Iran, along with Hizbullah, is providing assistance to the Syrian regime in suppressing mass protests against it.

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Turkey Extends UNIFIL Mission in Lebanon

Turkey's parliament has approved a government request to extend for one year the Turkish military mission with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

It was the fifth time that parliament extended the mission since it was first approved in September 2006.

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Nasrallah Says Accusing Hizbullah Members of Murdering Hariri a 'Futile Psychological War'

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said that accusing members of his party of assassinating former premier Rafik Hariri was a “futile psychological war.”

“Hizbullah is neither afraid nor worried, as some media outlets are trying to portray,” Nasrallah said in a speech transmitted via video-link to a ceremony organized by Hizbullah’s war wounded foundation.

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Saudi FM: STL Critics Had Voted in Favor of Its Creation

Saudi Arabia “calls on all parties in Lebanon to deal with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s indictment calmly and rationally, away from tensions, and to avoid any escalation,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday.

In a joint press conference with his British counterpart William Hague in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, al-Faisal urged the Lebanese to “work on fulfilling justice and to resort to reason,” hoping the release of the indictment will not affect stability in Lebanon.

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Hizbullah: Bellemare's Silence on Many Issues Shows Extent of STL's Credibility Corrosion

Hizbullah has hit back at Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, noting that “he did not tackle any of the presented evidence, as he was not able to refute any of the solid facts demonstrated by Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.”

In a statement it issued Tuesday afternoon, the party put forward a “quick summary of Bellemare’s failures in clarifying the tribunal’s stance” on the issue of the so-called “false witnesses” and the file of witness Mohammed Zuheir Siddiq.

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Makari to March 8 Camp: Act Responsibly as the Lebanese, Entire World Will Judge You

Deputy Speaker Farid Makari hoped on Tuesday that Prime Minister Najib Miqati had not accepted to head the new government “even for three seconds”, saying that cabinet belongs to Syria and Hizbullah.

Addressing the March 8 camp, he said during the parliament session to discuss the government policy statement: “Act responsibly and don’t blame others for your problems: The Lebanese people will judge you.”

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Eichhorst: It’s Important for Lebanon to Maintain Cooperation with STL

The head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, Angelina Eichhorst stressed on Tuesday the need for the new government to cooperate with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, noting that Prime Minister Najib Miqati had informed her that he will cooperate with it.

It’s important for Lebanon to maintain its cooperation with the international court without any obstacles, she stated during a press conference.

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STL Defense Chief Tells 'Fugitives' to Get Lawyer‎

Francois Roux, the head of the Defense Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, urged Tuesday four Hizbullah members indicted in the 2005 assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri to quickly consult a lawyer.

Those wanted by the STL, which last week handed Lebanese authorities four arrest warrants for the Hariri murder, are now fugitives from international law, Roux noted.

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March 8 Approves of Comprehensive Policy Statement: All Lebanese Want Justice and the Truth

MP Fadi al-Aawar noted on Tuesday that the Lebanese have uncovered the truth in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rashid Karami and the head of the National Liberal Party Dany Shamoun, but justice was not achieved.

He said during the parliament session to discuss the government policy statement: “All the Lebanese want justice and the truth.”

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Ammar to March 14: You are Not Our Enemies, But the Americans and Israelis are

Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Ali Ammar stressed on Tuesday that the Americans and Israelis are Lebanon’s only enemies, reassuring the March 14 camp that they are not considered as enemies of the March 8 camp.

He said during the parliament session aimed at discussing the cabinet’s policy statement: “The American enemy created strife in Lebanon and the Arab world.”

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