Qassem Says al-Rahi Jerusalem Trip 'Problematic', Rules Out President Election within Deadline

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Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Friday described Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's scheduled visit to Jerusalem as “problematic,” expressing his belief that no new president will be elected within the constitutional timeframe, which ends on May 25.

“We believe that al-Rahi's visit to occupied Palestine is problematic. It has to do with the patriarchate and Christians and we don't know what negative repercussions might arise from it, but we will evaluate it and comment on it if necessary,” Qassem said in an interview on al-Mayadeen TV.

Earlier on Friday, a Hizbullah delegation visited al-Rahi in Bkirki to discuss the issue of the controversial trip.

Turning to the issue of the stalled presidential election, Qassem said his party has been put in the picture of the ongoing talks between its ally the Free Patriotic Movement and al-Mustaqbal movement of the March 14 forces.

“We encourage such consultations and we welcome any agreements over the issue of the presidency and other issues,” he said.

Hizbullah number two stressed that the proposed extension of President Michel Suleiman's term is “something that has become behind us and it has no place, not publicly nor under the table, because it would not benefit the country.”

“I rule out the election of a president within the constitutional timeframe and I cannot determine how much it will take after that,” Qassem added.

In response to a question, the top Hizbullah official pointed out that “there is no political dialogue or official talks with al-Mustaqbal movement” but rather “ministerial and parliamentary meetings.”

On the Syrian conflict, Qassem noted that Hizbullah will withdraw its fighters from the neighboring country when the party accomplishes its “mission” and when stability returns to Syria. He also linked the possibility to “the end of the problem of global takfiri groups in Syria and the international plots against Syria.”

“There is no set time for our return from Syria … What we're doing in Syria has to do with Lebanon and the future of our young generation and it is not aimed at protecting a regime or a person,” Qassem added.


Comments 22
Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:00

Watch how my enthusiastic march 8 comrades, who were supporting al Rahi's decision will now back down, and defend Qassem blindly. Please prove me wrong.

Missing forces 17 May 2014, 11:43

their conversation was simple, you go to Israel and we will obstruct the nomination of the highest Maronite seat in your ..oops I mean our country..

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:03

On another note, Qassem nor anyone from his circle, will ever see Jerusalem, and even if they did, Palestinians will never let his dirty feet enter Al AQSA.
I am against normalization with the enemy, but i encourage believers to go to Jerusalem at least from Jordan and Egypt since they have treaties already, just so that Jerusalem's identity does not perish

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:15

Shia have nothing in Jerusalem, there are only sunni mosques, so if they want to follow them like in mecca and medina ya 100 ahla w sahla, but the local population will not tolerate any unfamiliar practices within their premisses just like in Saudi holy places, if they want to visit they have to act like the rest, the majority.

Missing people-power 16 May 2014, 23:28

How can this be??

Full Foreclosure claims that Hezbollah had no problem with al Rahi's trip....

Was he lying? Or is he just a propagandist?

Missing people-power 17 May 2014, 01:10

You lie so much, you can't even keep track of all your lies. It's out there, go find it yourself. I have no time to waste on you.

Thumb EagleDawn 17 May 2014, 08:12

they are one and the same

Default-user-icon Clint (Guest) 17 May 2014, 00:46

Ft Stop embarrassing yourself blease !!!!
According to FT
"did hezb dissuade rahi from going? nope, only in your head jerry. it was only a visit, and not a dissuasion attempt as claimed by kuwaiti newsrag. now go back to voodoo club, it's the only place where you feel at home "
Anything to say FT???

Thumb Chupachups 17 May 2014, 01:01

I await the day when I will read ONE meaningful post, ONE counter argument, ONE credible or mature info from you, -...flamethrower...- , but alas!

Default-user-icon Lebanese (Guest) 17 May 2014, 02:18

As a Christian I will only two things. First of all, it is no ones job/problem to tell to any higher religious authority what to do or not and specially from a different sect. Second and last all us stupid Christian do deserve this humiliation from a scum back like Qassem to this because we allowed it.

Missing coolmec 17 May 2014, 02:59

you sound like popeye in your above comment
have a chupachup my friend

Thumb .Mehdi 17 May 2014, 03:01

'No Tangible Progress' as Latest Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Ends'

so here comes number two filthy Iranian tool opening his mouth and stinking the place up punting the kibosh on electing a new Lebanese president

'I rule out the election of a president within the constitutional timeframe and I cannot determine how much it will take after that'

but qassem din't the number one filthy Iranian tool say "we want the presidential elections on time, we'll chose a clear candidate and you chose a clear candidate.."

but once a filthy liar always a filthy liar..

Signed mehdi, THE Mehdi /v\..

Thumb general_puppet 17 May 2014, 08:26

“I rule out the election of a president within the constitutional timeframe and I cannot determine how much it will take after that,”...“There is no set time for our return from Syria"

It is sickening to see Nasrallah's Freak's barking like they own Lebanon. Shut your filthy mouth Terrorist, take your Glorious militia and go back to your masters in Iran. Let the Lebanese make their own decisions without being threaten by your weapons.

Thumb general_puppet 17 May 2014, 08:28

No Mr Blablah, they think you are the same idiot.

Thumb irus_da_virus 17 May 2014, 09:21

That's ok, you Entering Syria is also "problematic", you still went ahead and did it, didn't you.

Thumb FlameCatcher 17 May 2014, 09:23

Qassem : Hezbollah's trip in Syria is problematic.

It's none of your business where Rahi decides to go ! He will teach you terrorists how you conquer back Jerusalem without a single bullet shot or casualty.

Hezbollah did not earn the right to have an opinion on the subject.

In fact, it lost this right along with the respect of all Lebanese - except those who robotically follow you like sheep.

You did not ask the Lebanese people's PERMISSION to go to war with Israel (a war Nasrallah provoked and apologized for). You did not ask the PERMISSION to go to war in Syria.

Wars fought with weapons that were only sanctionned for the defense of Lebanon. Not the defence of Hezbollah shia.

So Hezbollah, you have absolutely nothing to say about this. Simply shut up and shove it !

Thumb general_puppet 17 May 2014, 09:29

Crusher/momo is late for work.

Thumb popeye 17 May 2014, 10:59

add cityboy and many others to that list too:)

Missing phillipo 17 May 2014, 09:51

Of course it's problematic. How dare the Maronite Patriarch enter Jerusalem before Hizaballah, and how dare he do it without shedding a single drop of Christian, Jewish or Moslem blood.

Missing peace 17 May 2014, 16:17

coz it is so much funnier to see clowns around... you entertain by your stupidity... a real bashar's fool!

Missing peace 17 May 2014, 19:44

just what i said... very entertaining idiotic post...
and don't worry about my life.. worry about your empty pathetic one instead....

Thumb beiruti 18 May 2014, 00:18

Yes, and your visit to Tehran every Friday is problematic too. when you stop your regular trips to Iran, maybe Patriarch will not make the one trip to Jerusalem.

Or do you see this trip of Patriarch as losing face, Mr. Kassam. To think that the Maronite Patriarch who is allowed by the great Hezbollah to have its seat in Shia territory, Hezbollistan, to then show his ingratitude by acting on his own authority and going to Jerusalem to minister to the Maronites and the Christians there? Aaib!! People will think Hezbollah weak to have allowed such a thing to happen within its household. Aibb!!