Salam Urges End to 'Israeli Aggressiveness', Says Hizbullah Won't Drag Lebanon into Gaza War

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Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Sunday ruled out a role for Hizbullah in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian groups, urging an end to the Israeli “aggressiveness” and “hegemony” in the region.

“If we can put an end to Israeli hegemony and to Israeli aggressiveness in this region, we will put an end to many violence in this region and if we cannot do that, violence will prevail,” Salam said in English in an interview on CNN.

“You cannot build a country, you cannot build a future for any people under the banner of violence, under military might. That cannot go on,” he added.

Salam said force “can be exercised from time to time” but will not achieve any objectives for Israel.

“We have a seen a live example in Lebanon in 2006. With all the military might of Israel they were not able to subdue or occupy Lebanon, so why to keep ... trying to do this now with the Palestinians?” the premier asked rhetorically.

Asked about the likelihood of Hizbullah getting involved in the current war and “dragging Lebanon” into the the conflict, Salam said: “For the moment I don't see Hizbullah getting Lebanon involved in this conflict, unless the Israelis want to … direct their military machine towards Lebanon.”

Commenting on the several rocket attacks from southern Lebanon against northern Israel that have taken place during the assault on Gaza, the PM said unorganized “individuals” fired the rockets under the influence of “sentiments before anything else.”

Asked what keeps him awake at night, Salam said “the security situation.”

“That is a time bomb in the midst of extremism and of violence that's prevailing in the region. Of course that can upset at any moment the stability of the country and that's why we are supporting as best as we can our security forces,” Salam added.

“There again we require a lot of external support,” he said.

The premier explained that “as much as those forces are vigilant and as much as they are active, as much as we can prevent extremism and we can prevent violence from coming into Lebanon.”

Asked how much “influence” Syria has in Lebanon nowadays, Salam answered: “I believe Syria has its own concerns, they have their own worries, so they don't have time.”

“Luckily we enjoy now in Lebanon some freedom of action,” he added.

The premier reminded that recently Lebanon has received “a substantial ... unprecedented support from Saudi Arabia for the Lebanese Army, with three billion dollars for a small country like Lebanon.”

Commenting on the protracting presidential vacuum in Lebanon, Salam described it as “a major political problem.”

“Any state without a head is not a full state and yet we have a safety net in the form of a coalition government trying to carry on (with) matters,” Salam added.

“Unfortunately we have the negative effects of this vacuum, which immediately almost paralyzed the legislative branch. Our parliament is not being able neither to legislate nor to elect a new president,” Salam lamented, urging all political forces to gather and elect a new president.

“As long as the political factions, all the political factions, do not get to a point where they should gather and decide on electing a president, we will be suffering,” Salam warned.


Comments 14
Thumb nickjames 27 July 2014, 22:17

"Luckily we enjoy now in Lebanon some freedom of action." Keyword is luckily. Lebanon does not want to be attached to Syria. It is Hezbollah who wants that. Southern will now say Salam is a traitor for speaking out against the Syrian wall of resistance and a bunch of other BS. Bottomline is that our prime minister does not want Hezbollah dragging Lebanon into a second conflict (in addition to the ongoing one in which jihadists are attacking Lebanon, thanks to Hezbollah's involvement in Syria).

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 July 2014, 22:48

the first ones to get involved in syria were m14 and the future movement. remember the fighters in tal khalakh? the "milk and blankets" program organized by that future movement MP?
they were counting on the rebels winning and giving them power. unluckily though, hariri is still waiting to "come back through damascus" lol

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 July 2014, 22:50

oh and remember how they covered for al qaeda, by smashing ghosn who was warning that they are in arsal?

Default-user-icon remember (Guest) 28 July 2014, 00:02

As mowaten said because the tal khalakh fighters were Sunnis they obviously were members of the future movement. And the Fneish and Moussawis manufacturing fake medicine and Captagon, the Bekaa Jaafar drug and arms dealers, Mekdad and Zou3aiter lawless criminal mafias are Shiites so obviously members of hezballah. And the Al Akhbar and OTV case against 3oukab Sakr was so airtight they felt the need to alter the tapes to make him say what they accuse him of rather than what he really said, the tapes Sakr provided are the originals and their authenticity was confirmed by tests by pro M9 aljadeed. And who can forget Walim Mualem's embarrassingly ridiculous video demonstration and Wiam Wahabs fake documents. Ghosn was supposed to say Al Qaeda is going from Lebanon to Syrian because the Syrians needed blame the 12 23 2011 damascus bomb on them, not the other way around, Sleiman frangieh made fun of him on LBC saying he could not even say that one thing right. lol

Default-user-icon remember (Guest) 28 July 2014, 03:10

pro M8 aljadeed

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 July 2014, 13:32

"remember" you're mixing in so many different things, half true half lies, which makes me think you're only trying to divert the topic in 10 different directions to evade a simple point: the first ones to get involved in syria are on m14's side, and it took years of provocation, threats, and massacres for HA to finally get involved in quseyr (summer 2013)

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 July 2014, 13:33

as for oqab, as discussed below, it's the opposite: he doctored the tapes, adding the segment about "milk and blankets" in the middle of a conversation where he was taking an order of weapons from the rebels

Default-user-icon remember (Guest) 28 July 2014, 13:43

Mouwaten your source is the one full of lies, but that's expected thanks for playing.

Thumb nickjames 27 July 2014, 23:05

Are you serious? You're comparing "milk and blankets" to a militia deploying its forces in another country? Arsal is compromised. This is something between the Sunnis and Shia, that has nothing to do with my beliefs. All I said was Hezbollah went to fight in Syria, and you're comparing it to Future "harbouring fugitives and arming terrorists." Spare me.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 July 2014, 23:35

lol on what planet have you been all this time? "milk and blankets" was sarcastic!
okaq saqr was caught on tape taking an order of different types of weapons to send to the rebels, and a few days later he tried to cover-it up with a doctored tape, saying that they were in fact talking about "milk and blankets".
unfortunately (again), the doctored part was easily detected in an audi tape, and oqab fled lebanon before being indicted.

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 July 2014, 23:36

i meant: "the doctored part was easily detected in an analysis of the audio tape"

Thumb nickjames 27 July 2014, 23:55

Mowaten, I know milk and blankets was sarcastic. What you meant was "harbouring fugitives and arming terrorists", which is exactly what I said. That doesn't compare to a militia deploying its forces on foreign soil and assisting a mass murder. But let's compare some milk and blankets while we're at it: what about Michel Samaha? He transported some milk and blankets into Lebanon and was arrested. The US designated him as a global terrorist, but that's right you don't recognise US designations.

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 July 2014, 13:26

lol crushie, shamlessly lying. the tapes were indeed taken to a specialized voice and data lab and analyzed, but it was proven that the milk and blanket part had been doctored in
i gave a source (, where is yours?

Thumb _mowaten_ 28 July 2014, 13:29

nickjames: i condemn samaha, and am glad he has been arrested. unlike you who defend sakr.