Qassem: State Must Address Collaborators Issue, Balance of Power Only Allows Consensual President

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Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem reminded Monday that his party had left the issue of Israeli collaborators for the Lebanese state to address, noting that the current “balance of power” in the country does not allow the election of a new president without consensus among the rival parties.

“The resistance has acted honorably during all junctures, including during the liberation when we did not harass anyone and left the issue of collaborators for the Lebanese state to address according to its laws, without any intervention from our side,” Qassem said during a Hizbullah ceremony.

He said the rule in this issue is that “the guilty must be held accountable,” describing the prosecution of former South Lebanon Army members as both “a responsibility and a duty.”

“We worked with all the honest parties for the sake of rebuilding the country and we have the right to say that had it not been for the resistance, there would not have been any construction in the country,” Hizbullah number two noted.

“And had it not been for the 'sacred defense', we would not have been able to repel the threats … and prevent them from destroying all the accomplishments achieved in Lebanon,” Qassem added, referring to Hizbullah's military intervention in neighboring Syria.

Qassem's remarks come in response to recent controversial statements by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi, who said Friday that the Lebanese state must not deal with those who fled to Israel in 2000 as “criminals.”

“We are not collaborators. I did not see any Lebanese collaborating against Lebanon,” al-Rahi said after meeting a group of exiled Lebanese during a visit to the Israeli village of Isfiya near Haifa, which came as part of his landmark visit to the Holy Land.

“Had they fought against Lebanon? Had they fought against the Lebanese state? Had they fought against Lebanese institutions?” al-Rahi asked rhetorically.

Israel has invaded Lebanon several times, occupying part of the country's territory for 18 years until it withdrew in 2000 following armed resistance spearheaded by Hizbullah. In 2006, a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah left 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis dead.

Separately, Qassem urged an end to political “acrobatics” in the issue of the stalled presidential election, stressing that “everyone knows that the balance of power in Lebanon does not allow the election of a president without consensus.”

“Let us reach an agreement today as that would be better than reaching an agreement ten months or a year from now. It is better not to waste time because the result is the same,” Qassem urged.

Turning to the issue of the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Hizbullah official called for “embarking on preparing a fair electoral law based on proportional representation in order to confront the challenge that we will face in less than three months.”

“If you want real changes in this country, let us reproduce authorities, and parliamentary elections are the only way to reproduce authorities,” Qassem suggested.

He stressed that the rival political forces can agree on a “fair” electoral law ahead of the parliamentary elections that are scheduled for the fall of this year, urging swift efforts in this regard.

On Sunday, Change and Reform bloc MP Alain Aoun said the country should head to parliamentary polls in order to prevent a protracted presidential vacuum.

“The priority is for the election of a president, but should that not be possible, we must hold parliamentary elections,” said Aoun, who is a member of the bloc led by Free Patriotic Movement chief and presidential hopeful MP Michel Aoun, a key Hizbullah ally.

Parliament had failed to elect a successor to president Michel Suleiman -- whose six-year term ended on May 25 -- despite having held five electoral sessions for that purpose.

Until the moment only Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Democratic Gathering MP Henri Helou have announced official presidential nominations, while Aoun has insisted that he will only run in the race as a “consensual candidate.”

Aoun's demand and the March 8 camp's rejection of Geagea's nomination prompted the Hizbullah-led March 8 forces to boycott four electoral sessions that required a quorum of two thirds of the 128-member legislature.


Comments 18
Thumb cedre 02 June 2014, 21:52

Missing forces 03 June 2014, 10:49

LOL nice post cedre.. these clowns are so stupid you must laugh..

Default-user-icon Georges (Guest) 02 June 2014, 21:59

I agree with him on the point what could happen in 10 monthes can happen now , let Mr Hariri say No clearly to AOun to stop hoping and let 100 Maronits All Chair dreamer Annonce their candidtature and finish it , let the Lebanese live in peace

Missing people-power 02 June 2014, 22:42

No need for a constitution when an armed foreign terrorist militia controls the country.

Forget that the constitution REQUIRES a vote for the Presidency by Parliament.

Forget that M14 + Jumblatt Centrists is enough to reach 65 needed votes.

Forget that blocking quorum is not democracy

Forget that only in Iran can one party prohibit a candidate from another party

Missing people-power 02 June 2014, 22:45

Iranian style democracy, brought to Lebanon by a foreign terrorist mafia, all thanks to the deserter ex-general.

Missing peace 02 June 2014, 23:21

another hypocrit speech of those who pretend to abide by the state... LOL what a farce they are...
if you really believed in the state you would obey it and not decide in its place of peace and war! you should obey the army and handle them your weapons as the army is the only force that should be armed in any self respectable state!

all those who say the contrary are just against the state of Lebanon, no better than the israelis....

Thumb Machia 02 June 2014, 23:28

The Islamo-Fascist Qassem looks like Italo Balbo, Mussolini's right hand man:

Thumb Machia 02 June 2014, 23:54

جمهوری اسلامی ایران افتخار می باشد

Thumb shab 03 June 2014, 00:07

filthy murdering militia

Thumb canadianpaul 03 June 2014, 02:13

Syria, in all its might, was kicked out of Lebanon after 30 years of occupation. Your day will come too. And it'll be glorious day and a divine victory! I'm willing to wait another 30 years.

Default-user-icon Abu Perre (Guest) 03 June 2014, 02:25

This could be a message

Missing helicopter 03 June 2014, 03:17

Qassem: State Must Address Iranian and Syrian Collaborators Collaborators Issue.
Agree with you mQassem elwatan.

Thumb Machia 03 June 2014, 08:28

A ridddle for you JoumhouriIslamiIran666:

Abou Jamal Al Takfiri and Abou Hassan Al Assadi are fighting in Syria. Who dies?

Answer: Both we hope, said the civilized world.

Thumb general_puppet 03 June 2014, 09:21

“And had it not been for the 'sacred defense', we would not have been able to repel the threats … and prevent them from destroying all the accomplishments achieved in Lebanon,” .... Sacred, Divine, Glorious, Golden, Resistance... Bunch of freaking fanatics, go back to your masters in Iran

Thumb popeye 03 June 2014, 09:43


Thumb Abubakr 03 June 2014, 09:49

Disarm, and watch how the balance of power will dramatically change, simply jumblat will come back to m14, and many who use you now, will see no use in you anymore, and will leave you.

Thumb Abubakr 03 June 2014, 11:14

And, what a compliment, when you compare, 100 000 pens, with 100 000 thousand rockets, yes we balanced the power peacefully, and one day, we will overcome you, peacefully

Thumb FlameCatcher 03 June 2014, 14:15

@Qassem : you are in no position to talk about Collaborators when you are the first enemy of Lebanon collaborating with foreign governments who not only "founded" you, but fund you, train you, and give you orders !

@Qassem, there is no such thing as the "liberation" of the south. It was simply abandoned and Hezbollah has no credit in this. And you should not boast yourself for not "spilling christian blood" in the south. This was part of your deal with Israel but your ghanam don't know this.

Now it's time to put an end to real collaborators, Pro-Iran/Syria collaborators who are traitors to us free patriotic Lebanese. You will be trialled and hanged for your crimes!

You are an insult to Lebanon and Islam !