Nasrallah Slams Hariri, Expresses Support to Orthodox Gathering Proposal

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Hizbullah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lashed out on Saturday at ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri, accusing him of trying to strike a settlement over backing him for the premiership, expressing his support to the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft-law.

“You proposed to neutralize the arms of the resistance if we agreed to support you as a premier,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech commemorating Hizbullah’s “martyr leaders.”

He pointed out that Hizbullah rejected the deal over “national interests.”

Nasrallah stressed that “if the weapons of the resistance weren't to confront Israel it wouldn't be worth the sacrifice.”

Hariri said in a speech marking the 8th anniversary of ex-PM Rafik Hariri's murder that the “biggest predicament is that Hizbullah cannot see Lebanon without the military and security structure built by Iran over the last thirty years.”

Nasrallah addressed in his speech the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the assassination of Rafik Hariri.

“When we deal with (Prime Minister Najib) Miqati's government, we are sure that it will not stab the resistance in the back,” he noted.

Hariri considered in Thursday's speech that Hizbullah “continues to bury its head in the sand and refuses to see the state of anxiety, alienation and division that exists in the Islamic arena as a result of its refusal to hand over the suspects.”

Four Hizbullah members have been named suspects by the STL in the Beirut truck bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others on Feb. 14 , 2005.

The party denies the charges and has refused to hand over the suspects.

Concerning the new electoral law, Nasrallah hailed the Orthodox Gathering proposal, saying: “We are convinced (that it achieves better representation) even if we had a priority to make Lebanon one district based on proportional representation.”

“We agreed on the Orthodox deaf-law and we will vote if it was proposed at the parliament,” he said.

The rival March 14 and 8 coalitions are holding crunch talks to find common ground over an electoral law to be adopted during the upcoming parliamentary election.

Several electoral draft laws have been proposed including the the so-called Orthodox Gathering proposal, which calls for a single district and allows each sect to vote for its own MPs under a proportional representation system.

But al-Mustaqbal bloc, from the opposition, and the the Democratic Gathering of centrist MP Walid Jumblat have criticized it and stood firm in favor of a winner-takes-all system.

Nasrallah said on Saturday that the split over the situation in Syria doesn't “mean that we want the turmoil to spill over into Lebanon.”

Lebanese parties are sharply divided over the situation in Syria with the opposition backing the revolt that began in March 2011, while Hizbullah and its allies supporting the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad.

“We believe in the rise of the state and the implementation of the Taif accord... We believe in coexistence and equality,” Hizbullah leader said.

Nasrallah downplayed the possibility of an Israeli attack on Lebanon, accusing Lebanese and Arab media outlets of “reporting such exaggerations.”

He rejected the Bulgarian accusations that Hizbullah was involved in the deadly attack on Israeli tourists last year.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu immediately blamed Hizbullah for the attack... But Israel doesn't wage a war as a reaction,” Nasrallah said in his speech.

Five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver were killed in a bus bombing at Burgas airport on the Black Sea in July, the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004.

Bulgaria recently formally blamed the attack on Hizbullah, triggering renewed pressure on the European Union to follow Canada, the United States and others in formally designating the movement a “terrorist group.”

The Bulgarian government said two people behind the attack held Canadian and Australian passports, but lived in Lebanon and were members of Hizbullah.

Hizbullah's chief pointed out that the developments in Syria didn't affect the resistance in Lebanon.

“The resistance in Lebanon is fully equipped and ready nowadays, we have everything we need to maintain our power... We don't need any arms from Syria... Israel realizes that,” Nasrallah stated.

He warned the Jewish state that the “resistance will not standstill before any attack on Lebanon and its territories.”

U.S. and Israeli officials have recently expressed concern that the “chaos” in the neighboring country Syria could allow Hizbullah to obtain sophisticated weapons from the Damascus regime.

Nasrallah offered his condolences over the death of Houssam Khosh Newes, an Iranian development officials, who was killed on his way to Lebanon from Syria.

He also saluted the Bahraini revolution, expressing hope that the national dialogue in the gulf country would be able to achieve the people's aspirations.

Hizbullah has been a strong advocate of the popular protests in Bahrain that began in 2011.

On Saturday, Bahrain's Information Minister Samira Rajab accused Hizbullah of “extremism” and "terrorism," describing it as a “terrorist militia.”

Ties between Lebanon and Bahrain reached an all-time low in 2011 when Nasrallah slammed the crackdown on the protesters.

His remarks prompted the Bahraini authorities to suspend the flights of Gulf Air and Bahraini Air between Manama and Beirut for several months.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:19

    Nasrallah: We do not want to take over the country and monopolizing the rule, we believe in power-sharing.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:18

    Nasrallah: We want the establishment of a state in Lebanon and we beleive in the Taif accord.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:17

    Nasrallah: We believe in equal power-sharing and this is why we agreed on the Orthodox Gathering's draft law.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:13

    Nasrallah to Hariri: Disarming Hizbullah was not mentioned in the Doha accord that you agreed on and the resistance was an exception to handing over the weapons by other groups in the country.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:13

    Nasrallah to Hariri: You suggested neutralizing the issue of the resistance's arm to support you to head the cabinet but we want a prime minister that resides and is available in the country.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:08

    Nasrallah: We agreed on the four-party alliance in the 2005 parliamentary elections to preserve national unity and avoid Sunni-Shiite strife.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:04

    Nasrallah: The resistance is a priority to us because Lebanon and the region are threatened and it is the only mean for defense.

  • 16 February 2013, 17:03

    Nasrallah on PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat: He has a clear stance towards the resistance but we are divided on Syria's conflict, and we will not encourage tension in the country because of our different views on this topic.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:59

    Nasrallah: We favor an electoral law that considers Lebanon one single electoral district and adopts proportional representation, but we do support Christians' call for just representation and hence, we will go with the Orthodox suggestion.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:57

    Nasrallah on the Orthodox Gathering's draft electoral law: Christians have the right to ask for just representation and for electing their own MPs.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:55

    Nasrallah: PM Miqati and his cabinet will remain faithful to the resistance.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:52

    Nasrallah on former PM Saad Hariri's speech during the commemoration of late PM Rafik Hariri's assassination: Reducing the number of Shiite ministers aimed at giving a chance to a reputable historical family in Lebanon, the Karami family, to take part in the political life. And the scarified Shiite minister belonged to AMAL not Hizbullah.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:44

    Nasrallah: We are able to target the infrastructure of Israel, but will it be able to bear the economic and social consequences of a war?

  • 16 February 2013, 16:43

    Nasrallah: The resistance will respond to any attack on Lebanese territories.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:42

    Nasrallah: The resistance is ready and possesses all arnaments and weaons to face any Israeli attack without the need of Iranian of Syrian aid.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:41

    Nasrallah: Syria is occupied with its conflict and is unable at the moment to aid the resistance in Lebanon in a war against Israel. This reality can be exploited to attack Lebanon and try to eliminate the resistance.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:36

    Nasrallah: Talks about an Israeli war in Lebanon that are traced to international reports reflect the aspirations of local factions but when Israel wants to wage a war, it does not look for any excuse. Israel has a project and that's what drives it into a war.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:35

    Nasrallah on Bulgaria's accusation of the party's involvement in the Burgas bus attack: Lebanese politicians are exploiting it and have directly readied themselves for the cabinet's resignation.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:32

    Nasrallah: The talks about an anticipated Israeli war in Lebanon are invented and disseminated by local factions instead of Israel.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:29

    Nasrallah: We salute the Bahraini revolution and we hope the national dialogue will be able to achieve people's aspirations in the country.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:28

    Nasrallah offered his condolences to the Iranian Republic over the death Houssam Khosh Newes, an Iranian development official killed on his way to Lebanon from Syria.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:26

    Nasrallah: The future will reveal the aspects of cooperation between the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:25

    Nasrallah: The resistance succeeded when the Lebanese stood by its side and the people were the ones to achieve the liberation.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:24

    Nasrallah: The Lebanese resistance has helped the Palestinian resistance by all means to become strong.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:20

    Nasrallah: For 30 years the resistance was one of the strongest realities that changed regional strategies.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:19

    Nasrallah: The resistance's achievements are publicly acknowledged.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:17

    Nasrallah: We have to be faithful to the martyrs' will and to the cause.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:17

    Nasrallah: The biggest threat in the region is Israel and Zionism and the only logical choice is popular resistance.

  • 16 February 2013, 16:15

    Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech commemorating the party's "Martyr Leader": In this memory we vow to honor the will and the cause of the martyrs.

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Thumb mouallek 16 February 2013, 16:30

No need for more haters as long as you exist. You are the hate personified.

Thumb zahhet 16 February 2013, 17:19

eh ya lover ya m3alla2

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 16:31

"We salute the Bahraini revolution "
why not the syrian revolution? double hezbi standards again....

Missing 16 February 2013, 17:13

Then there is no such a thing that is called the Bahraini revolution as it has been going on for longer than all of the rest of the arab countries combined. The reality is that revolutions can last many years and both can qualify. A revolution come from the word revolt: as to rise up. When a section of a population rises against a regime, it is a revolution.

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:19

let the bahreini authorities bomb and shell and shoot the population like in syria...and you ll see if they stay peaceful.

that is the difference with syrian regime.

the bahreinis have the right to ask for a change of gvt like in syria but the difference is that M8 and hezbis deny the right of the syrian people but agrees with bahreinis! LOL! double M8 standards as usual...

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:29

what is now happening in syria is the consequence of the brutality of assad... if he took the same attitude as the bahreinis the revolution wouldn t have gone out of control... but assad wanted it that way with the support of M8....

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 18:30

how can you deny the support of M8? makes you feel bad to say the truth? they side with bashar and always claimed it! now you are botherd because i remind it? seems you have nothing to say but just trying to look smart... sign of ignorance LOL....

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 16:39

"Talks about an Israeli war in Lebanon that are traced to international reports reflect the aspirations of local factions "

could you name them instead of distilling suspicions? bring facts? refer to any speeches?
no party is allied with israel other than in hezbis propaganda... ever heard a politician saying his party is pro israeli? LOL!

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:12

lol... so stupid again...

name a speech or any fact or any official document that tell us that a politician said he sided with israel other than in your demented mind....

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:14

you are just assuming for the sake of your propaganda... pityful as usual.
and you shout at others when they assume and you do the exact same thing sissy boy....

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:33

hezbollah is siding with israel... by maintaining division in lebanon israel can t dream better! by threatening israel hezbi give them the excuse of huge subsidies from the USA. by maintaining the lebanese gvt weak hezbis prevent lebanon from thriving economically thus competing with israel...

hezbi are the best allies of israel, think of it... ;)

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:35

which friends?

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 18:31

seems you don t understand the subtility of it, thick head... i don t blame you with such an empty brain difficult to grasp it...

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 16:43

"This reality can be exploited to attack Lebanon and try to eliminate the resistance."

oh! let us all pity you, poor victim you are.

Missing 16 February 2013, 17:18

Yes - it could be used to attack lebanon to try and eliminate the resistance and we all know the brutality and barbarism of israel. However, this does not give the Hizb to act as it wishes in lebanon with total disregard to the needs and wishes of other lebanese. It cannot expropriate the decision of war and peace from the elected government and place it in their hands and those of iran. Simply put it, they do not have the public mandate.

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 16:52

"The resistance is ready and possesses all arnaments and weaons to face any Israeli attack without the need of Iranian of Syrian aid. "

seems he needs to boost the moral of his troops by constantly repeating the same things on and on again... or maybe he is getting old as old people usually repeat themselves a million times!
anyway good marketing plan, same techniques used in publicity to sell things!

Missing 16 February 2013, 17:21

FT - the Hizb already used its militia in Lebanon. You must forgive people if they cannot believe that line anymore.

Missing 16 February 2013, 17:06

There were days when I used to await Sayyed Nasrallah speeches impatiently. That is past tense now.

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:06

"The resistance is a priority to us because Lebanon and the region are threatened and it is the only mean for defense. "

no it isn t ... the only defense of a civilized country lies in its army not a militia... why don t you integrate the army and reinforce it? oh! you would have to obey the lebanese state and we know you don t want to...

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:26

"now our only deterrence is hezbollah, and you also want it removed"

try and read carefully if it is not too demanding. or you just read what you want to read to suit your propaganda...

i m saying that the hezb should INTEGRATE the army and reinforce it and OBEY the state of lebanon not a politician!
you whine the army is weak so let the hezb give them their weapons and obey the only isntitution that has the right to defend the country!

demand too patriotic for you i guess...

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:22

"but we want a prime minister that resides and is available in the country. "
easy talk when we know you or your friends threaten his life if he returns! not a word on that? seems normal to you that lebanese politicians are death threatened?

Missing peace 16 February 2013, 17:23

"we believe in sharing power."

as in "do what we tell you to do otherwise we take the streets!"
power sharing the hezbi way...

Default-user-icon mazen (Guest) 16 February 2013, 17:49

“I don't want to comment on the Bulgarian accusations. This issue is being looked at in a patient and calm manner and we will see later how to deal with it depending on the outcome.”

his Iranian terrorist militia in Lebanon did it obviously, he's just waiting for the names of the terrorists to confirm it as he did with Egypt and Iraq

Default-user-icon toufic A (Guest) 16 February 2013, 18:11

brucy are you talking to me your favorite tea bag and owner operator of by Shiites for Shiites?

Thumb laFontaine 16 February 2013, 18:30

Oh mon Molière

Tout est mystère dans l'Amour,
Ses flèches, son carquois, son flambeau, son enfance
Ce n'est pas l'ouvrage d'un jour
Que d'épuiser cette science....

Faut il être abonné mon cher Mo :)

Default-user-icon SHN (Guest) 16 February 2013, 18:46

forget about paris of the east, i dream of beirut Pyongyang west with me as supreme leader

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 16 February 2013, 18:54

Unfortunately :
-Sunnis in Lebanon want palestinians to stay armed in case of a Sunnite/chiite war.
- Chiites want Assad to stay because of his support in weapons.
- Since Assad left Lebanon, he is using Hezbollah to do his dirty work, thus keeping control of Lebanon and killing his opponents.
- Christians are cought in the middle of the storm, and are definitely recomposing militias to protect their regions in case of a standoff.
- Druze are doing the same as christians.
- Iran's goal is to become once again emperor of the ME, and Israel feels threathned by that.
- US/Israel are using Golf countries against Iran, and Iran is using Syria and Hezbollah against golf countries and Israel.

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 16 February 2013, 18:54

- The ultimate and last battle would be Sunnite/chiite , not only because of the American/Israeli scheme, but because Sunnite and chiite hate each other since the beginning of islam almost. If they were smarter, they would overcome this. But apparently not. So you see my friends, its not all because of US and Israel, they are just using our weakness which we never ever manage to erase.

Thumb andre.jabbour 16 February 2013, 19:02

He slams Hariri just like he slammed his father with TNT.

Thumb chucknorris 16 February 2013, 19:20

TNT are you serious?? how about H-6, HBX, or PBX high explosives!!

TNT was originally created in 1863, not to be used as an explosive, but rather, was used as a yellow dye.

Thumb andre.jabbour 16 February 2013, 19:50

I'm no terrorist, I wouldn't know. I'm sure Nasrallah and Aoun know very well which explosives they used.

Thumb lebnanfirst 16 February 2013, 19:22

Yeah if we were in the 15th century or so. This is the 21st century my friend and such talk is only befitting a Neanderthal.

Thumb lebnanfirst 17 February 2013, 07:25

Methinks you should cut back on the testosterone dose a bit. It appears that it has affected your better judgement.

Thumb barbar 16 February 2013, 19:26

Masalkheir to everyone
1. He supports the Bahraini revolution, but he didn't support the Syrian one in the beginning?
2. Christians are 30% of the population yet they want half of the parliament. The orthodox gathering law is ridiculous. plus, it just promotes sectarianism even more, something that we need to be rid of.
3. I doubt Hezbollah was involved in the Bulgaria attacks. However, if they want to prove their innocence in Hariri's assassination, they should hand over the suspects and work with the STL.
4. The Hezb are the only reason Israel wants to attack Lebanon. The Hezb should be purely political, but they should merge with the army, promoting unity. Plus, the last time Israel tried to root out a militia based in Lebanon, Sabra and Shatila happened.

Thumb lebanon_first 16 February 2013, 20:54

barbar. Christians are only 30% except if you count the expats. or you dont consider someone who pays half our bills and lives abroad lebanese? christian are paying taxes to keep nabih's recruiting agency working and filling moslem people in gouvernment jobs.
If christians dont have half the parliament, if there is no positive discrimination FOR the christians, they wont be interested in lebanon as it is. they will want partition. They are not interested in being a minority in their own country because of breeding habits of their fellow countrymen. And christians' 50% of the parliament is to the advantage of moslems because it keeps in check the fanatical islamic elements. And if christians werent half the parliament, lebanon would be a monolythic islamic country that most moslem lebanese wouldnt want. So if you are a christian hater, go to saudi, and see what it is like without christians.

Thumb barbar 16 February 2013, 21:11

I'm not a Christian hater, half my family is Christian, and Saudi Arabia disgusts me. You're right that the rate of uneducated Muslims in the country is growing, I see it and it saddens me every time I visit my grandmother in Tripoli. I really wish they weren't abandoning secularism. My belief is that the very idea that sects should be getting power needs to be disposed of. We need people elected not because of their sect but because they qualify. And trust me, I know how much this country needs Christians. What I'm saying is that you can't call "fair representation" for Christians them getting half the parliament, because that's mathematically unfair.

Thumb lebanon_first 16 February 2013, 21:39

true christians have more in parliament than their local population. But they have no power. The maronite president has been stripped of power. The prime minister is all powerful. and the deputy. well teh deputy is nabih berri since forever.
You remember the orthodox foreign ministers? charles malek, fuad boutros, elie salem? world class thinkers. What do u have now? you think the 'thing' we have now as a minister of foreign affairs can represent lebanon? u think he can carry a conversation with hillary clinton? beleive me, giving more than mathematical fair share of power to the christians is very good for moslems. else they would not have accepted to this in SAUDI taef.

Thumb barbar 16 February 2013, 21:53

I completely agree with you that the president should not have been stripped of that much power. Berri is a corrupt war lord. Mikati is a corrupt (surprise, surprise) billionaire with no sense of connection with the Lebanese people. I definitely agree that Christians are needed in this country, and that many of the greatest Lebanese minds were/are Christian. Christians should be using their wealth and influence in Lebanon to abolish the sectarian system, instead of repeatedly electing pieces of shit like Geagea and the General as MPs.

Thumb lebanon_first 16 February 2013, 22:20

cant disagree to that... christians are very bad at choosing their leaders. always have been. They should choose one of those CEOs of those successful industries christians have as a president that have proven themselves in the private sector instead of choosing someone from the army or an ex milicia leader whose wisdom I can do without.
As for mikati, i thank the lord he is PM right now. even though he made too much money to be completely honest, yet he is a man of the middle path and he saved lebanon many times with his wise balanced approach to things. As a lebanese, I would vote for him to represent me before any christian leader.

Default-user-icon فرحان الأسمر (Guest) 16 February 2013, 19:46

المشكلة أن نصرالله يمتلك القوة المادية ( السلاح والدعم الاقليمي ) وكذلك القوة الاعلامية المضللة بينما خصومه لايملكون السلاح ومنطقهم ضعيف ومتردد وأدائهم ضعيف جدا ، للمرء أن يتذكر عندما يحصل موقف سياسي ضد 14 آذار تقوم الدنيا ولا تقعد من إعلام 8 آذار وخصوصا حزب الله بينما عندما يحدث العكس يكون إعلام 14 آذار خجولا ولا يمتلك لغة الاقناع وينطفئ الأمر بساعات ، حتى اكتشاف الجواسيس من صفوف جزب الله وقياداته وصفوف حلفائه لم يحسن إعلام 14 آذار استثمارها سياسيا ، بينما حزب الله ( ينتف ريشهم ) على مجرد الشبهة ، والآن هذا هو حسن نصر الله يضلل ويزور الحقائق فهل يستطيع إعلام المستقبل الذي لا تنقصه الأموال هل يستطيع أن يفند تضليلاته؟؟ لا أظن ذلك

Missing samiam 16 February 2013, 21:25

Didn't read the article, didn't listen to the speech, and don't give a second of my time listening to this cave dweller.

i would suggest everyone else do the same and we would all be better off for it instead of living listening to so called leaders who don't get it.

Thumb andre.jabbour 16 February 2013, 22:12

Neither did I actually, he doesn't deserve our attention.

Thumb shab 16 February 2013, 22:44


Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 17 February 2013, 06:31

waiting for more divine victories that destroy half the country and more democracy like the one in Syria and Iran (one government bombs its cities to annihilation the other prevents protests).