Jumblat: Accusing Saudi Arabia of Iranian Embassy Blast Will Only Lead to More Tensions

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat criticized on Thursday how some Lebanese officials were quick to accuse Saudi Arabia of being behind the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, saying that they should at least await for the facts to be revealed.

He said in a statement: “It was better to accuse Israel of the crime, similar to the what Iran did, instead of laying blame on Saudi Arabia, keeping in mind that such accusations may lead to more tensions in Lebanon.”

“The accusations would drag Lebanon more and more towards regional disputes that may once again lead it to being turned into an open ground for settling their scores,” he warned.

“The accusations may also leave it completely exposed on the security scene,” he remarked.

“We would like to remind all Lebanese powers against forgetting Israel and its historic spite against Lebanon,” stressed Jumblat.

“We demand that the concerned judicial authorities be granted enough time to perform their duties in uncovering all those involved in security attacks, bombings, and assassinations,” he continued.

“Resorting to the state is the only way to ease the tensions and halt, to a degree, the gradual disintegration of the situation in Lebanon,” he added.

Hizbullah chief Sayyaed Hassan Nasrallah accused on Tuesday Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin bombings near the Iranian embassy in Beirut on November.

“We believe the statement in which the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack on the Iranian embassy, because it is a well-known group and its emir is Saudi and it is linked to the Saudi intelligence,” Nasrallah stated in an interview on OTV.

He elaborated: “The Iranian embassy bombing has to do with targeting Iran by those who consider it to be an enemy since 1979 and by those who teach at their institutes that it is an enemy.”

“The bombing has to do with the Saudi anger against Iran in the region.”

At least 25 people were killed and 150 wounded in twin suicide blasts that targeted the Iranian embassy in the Hizbullah stronghold of Bir Hassan.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was aimed at pressuring Hizbullah to withdraw its fighters from Syria.

Comments 5
Default-user-icon JCWilliams (Guest) 05 December 2013, 18:35

This was a mistake by the Bearded Wonder but he may have had a motive but it also appears to have had a heavy cost. Jumblat has been truth speaking lately. March 14 should wake up and smell the coffee. Jumblat talks to America and thinks he sees a reset between the USA and Saudis with Assad staying on at least through a transition to supervised elections which will sideline the jihadists.

Thumb joker37 05 December 2013, 18:47

asks the democracy loving sunni

Thumb joker37 05 December 2013, 19:43

let me guess. you love democracy and think that syria should be ruled democratically. you also love the KINGDOM of saudi arabia and don't see any contradiction in both stances

Thumb chrisrushlau 05 December 2013, 20:35

He told journalists, "Back when I was in the army, we would never have stood for this sort of disrespect for the flag we serve. Sure, it's a star of David on that particular flag, but the point is, a soldier is a soldier, you follow orders, and nobody gets anywhere by being a hero."

Missing watan-libnan 05 December 2013, 23:23

If lebanon returns to being known as a tourist country rather than a terrorist country i think every lebanese will benefit greatly, lets throw away the weapons and heal all the wounds peacefully.