Geagea to Nasrallah: If STL Were Truly an Israeli-U.S. Product, Govt. Would Have Resigned

LF leader Samir Geagea criticized on Friday Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Thursday, accusing him of taking contradictory positions on the matter.

He asked before reporters at Maarab: “If the STL were an American-Israeli product as you claim, then wouldn’t it have been better for your majority to resign and force Premier Najib Miqati to step down as well in order to prevent the tribunal funding?”

“How can you claim that you are not involved in the funding when you already knew that Miqati was going to fulfill Lebanon’s obligation in the matter?” he continued.

“Didn’t Miqati coordinate his position with Speaker Nabih Berri?” he wondered.

“Everyone knows that Miqati did not take the decision to fund the STL without taking your direct approval,” Geagea stressed.

In addition, he noted Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun’s previous threats to resign over the funding of the tribunal.

The LF leader said that the MP did not follow through with his warning, wondering: “Isn’t an issue as important as the STL worth resigning over?”

He added that Aoun has long criticized the Higher Relief Council for how it spends its “small funds.”

“How come he is now content with the funding of the tribunal with $ 32 million from the very council, which the FPM leader has deemed as illegitimate?” Geagea asked.

“What we are witnessing now is an ongoing process of misleading the public,” he stressed.

He therefore renewed his call for the government to resign as soon as possible, hoping that the Change and Reform bloc would no longer undermine the people’s intelligence.

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