Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Iran, Syria and Hizbullah “and other terrorist elements” are making daily efforts “to smuggle weapons into Lebanon and Gaza."
Netanyahu made the remark after inspecting a massive shipment of weapons seized from the "Victoria" ship at the Ashdod port in southern Israel.Full Story
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday stressed that "only the project of (building) the State can protect all the Lebanese equally without discrimination."
During a meeting with the Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Malek al-Shaar and a delegation of Muslim religious scholars, Hariri added: "Some ask why did Saad Hariri suddenly sharpen his political rhetoric. We do not have a problem with anyone, Lebanon has a problem with the intimidation of weapons and their use in the political life."Full Story
Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez arrived in Beirut Wednesday afternoon from Amman as part of a tour of the region.
She said upon her arrival: “Spain has and still supports the peace process in the region.”Full Story
The army command stated on Wednesday that an Israeli army unit of three soldiers pelted United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon troops with rocks and it also directed lasers at the Lebanese army in the South.
It said in a statement that the incident took place between 6:45 and 6:48 am Wednesday morning at the Fatima gate adjacent to the town of Kfarkila.Full Story
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri began his three-day visit to the northern city of Tripoli on Wednesday by meeting a number of officials from the city, saying before the visiting delegations that the March 14 camp will work on empowering the state.
He said that it aspires for the state to have the decision of war and peace and maintain the people's security and stability.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea issued on Wednesday an open letter to Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun “for once again overstepping all boundaries and reaching new dangerous heights” in his rhetoric.
Addressing Aoun’s statements on Tuesday about the fate of the March 14 rally even if a million people participated in it, he said that such remarks as “disdainful to a million Lebanese.”Full Story
The March 14 general-secretariat vowed on Wednesday to continue to defend Lebanon through peaceful and democratic means and hoped newly-elected Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi would be a guide for Lebanese leaders.
The general-secretariat “holds onto Bkirki’s role in guaranteeing the independence and sovereignty of Lebanon,” it said in a statement following its weekly meeting.Full Story
Tawheed Movement leader Wiam Wahhab stressed on Wednesday that his statements on the Saudi woman were “a slip of the tongue.”
He added during a press conference: “I didn’t mean to offend anyone.”Full Story
A leaked U.S. Embassy cable revealed that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun considers Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as a more trustworthy figure than those in the March 14 camp.
The cable, published exclusively in Al-Akhbar newspaper on Wednesday, showed Aoun’s insistence that all Lebanese are obligated to support Hizbullah in its confrontation with Israel.Full Story
A leaked U.S. Embassy cable revealed that current caretaker Labor Minister Butros Harb was concerned that a Hizbullah victory in the July 2006 war would increase the party’s power in the country.
The cable, which dates back to the July 2006 war, said that Harb believed that the war is loaded with victims, but it lacks in achievements.Full Story