Hezbollah MP rejects idea of ‘arms free Beirut’

Hezbollah MP Walid Sukarieh questioned Saturday the demand that Beirut be stripped of weapons.

He justified the presence of Hezbollah arms in the city by saying: “War with Israel is not restricted to the South, but it encompasses the whole of Lebanon, so what would stop Israel from making a landing in Beirut or the Bekaa or any other region?”

in an interview with the daily Asharq al-Awsat, he asked: “Is it acceptable that some areas be like Monaco aimed at tourism, while others are aimed at waging war? Do they want us to raise the white flag and surrender in the capital?”

The MP said that arms should be controlled and organized, not taken away.

The Lebanese were outraged about the clash that took place last Tuesday in the Beirut neighborhood of Borj Abi Haidar between supporters of the the pro-Syrian Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—and the Iranian backed Hezbollah militants , leading to the death of three people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawwaz.

The clash was the worst since May 2008, when Hezbollah gunmen swept through Sunni neighborhoods of Beirut after a government crack down on the group’s telecommunications network.

March 14 MP Jamal al-Jarrah told the Voice of Lebanon (VOL) on Friday that all armed parties must voluntarily hand over their weapons to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

“The arms should target the Israeli enemy and not the Lebanese people,” Jarrah said, calling to make Beirut an arms and militia free city.

  • Walid Khouri

    Ya Walid ya smiyye,

    You keep playing with fire and if you know your history well, NO Lebanese will submit his or her freedom. What goes up in Lebanon MUST come down. You are taking this country straight to a civil war, our national army will splinter and we will have a bloody civil war on our hands which your arms pointing inward are to blame.

    Wake up already, as you know, the Lebanese are not Israeli and you had a taste of it in the mountains and you have not seen the wrath of Ain el Remeeneh nor Zahle YET.

    STOP this BS, kebir raaskon ktiir. Do you honestly think that you can stand all other sects turning against you specially when Israel attacks? You will be isolated and your fate will meet Arafat’s PLO. Wake up already!

  • Tony A

    i’m not getting the logic of the fear of israel entering beirut. but thats what the LAF being armed eventually is for. arm LAF to its teeth and we dont have to worry about israel entering beirut.

    to answer his question, yes i want beirut like monaco to be for tourism and business conventions and parties and beaches and foods and restaurants and life itself.

    nobody is waging war except for your members and al a7bash who cant control themselves over a parking spot.

    if you truly want to defend lebanon from israel then maybe the government needs to set parameters for you to operate in.

    forget disarming people, how about setting parameters like from the borders of israel to i dont know for aguments sake, 100 kilometers in. does that cover a decent area?

    is that good enough for weapons to be only there. anybody using weapons elsewhere will be confiscated.

    i hate weapons. they’re not dangerous, its the people holding them that are dangerous.

  • Tony A

    i’m not getting the logic of the fear of israel entering beirut. but thats what the LAF being armed eventually is for. arm LAF to its teeth and we dont have to worry about israel entering beirut.

    to answer his question, yes i want beirut like monaco to be for tourism and business conventions and parties and beaches and foods and restaurants and life itself.

    nobody is waging war except for your members and al a7bash who cant control themselves over a parking spot.

    if you truly want to defend lebanon from israel then maybe the government needs to set parameters for you to operate in.

    forget disarming people, how about setting parameters like from the borders of israel to i dont know for aguments sake, 100 kilometers in. does that cover a decent area?

    is that good enough for weapons to be only there. anybody using weapons elsewhere will be confiscated.

    i hate weapons. they’re not dangerous, its the people holding them that are dangerous.

  • Leborigine

    Any excuse will do. Lets not rebuild Beirut in case Israel attacks; lets not fix our roads in case Israel attacks, lets not get up in the morning in case israel attacks, lets remain uncivilised and uneducated, israel might attack and that will be a waste of time; syria might do the same. So lets just do nothing and be vegetables and fight each other and wait for someone to attack us.

  • Leborigine

    Any excuse will do. Lets not rebuild Beirut in case Israel attacks; lets not fix our roads in case Israel attacks, lets not get up in the morning in case israel attacks, lets remain uncivilised and uneducated, israel might attack and that will be a waste of time; syria might do the same. So lets just do nothing and be vegetables and fight each other and wait for someone to attack us.

  • Tony A

    lol leborigine. lol i am actually laughing. good one man.

  • Tony A

    lol leborigine. lol i am actually laughing. good one man.

  • Leborigine

    It was inspired by your above post, but i am glad that it puts a smile on someones face. Have a good weekend!

  • Leborigine

    It was inspired by your above post, but i am glad that it puts a smile on someones face. Have a good weekend!

  • joey

    they have all the excuses under the sun they just don;t want to give up there arms or make beirut free of arms israel is not gonna attack they are scared of HA you have tought here a big lesson in 2006 and they are scared to do anything any more isn;t thats what HA said when al naser al ilahi so what happening now they all don;t want to disarmed and are scard thats israel will attack the only people who;s attaking is you you did it in 2008 and you don;t it again and its look like there is some more lets wait and see

  • joey

    they have all the excuses under the sun they just don;t want to give up there arms or make beirut free of arms israel is not gonna attack they are scared of HA you have tought here a big lesson in 2006 and they are scared to do anything any more isn;t thats what HA said when al naser al ilahi so what happening now they all don;t want to disarmed and are scard thats israel will attack the only people who;s attaking is you you did it in 2008 and you don;t it again and its look like there is some more lets wait and see

  • Jean Haddad

    They are idiots politician to think Lebanese people believe each word comes out of their mouth. It’s suicide mission for Israel to land in Beirut they will get killed. Ahhhhh what a joke and jokers. Godddddd help us from those stupid ruining our life and happiness. I wish if I can get my voice into their ears telling them how much they sound like idiots and babies have better brain and logic than they all do.

    I have a suggesting whT we don’t arm the and the Christians and the druze to defend their lands from Israel attacks. This would be fair to all Lebanese. As a Christian is don’t need HA to defend my territory I need my army and if the army fails we will engage…..lol this is fair

    Am fed up of listening to this noisy voice

    And what is the end? There no dialog to end this because ha will never cooperate or surrender. the solution is to face them once for all and get over and live Long.

  • Jean Haddad

    They are idiots politician to think Lebanese people believe each word comes out of their mouth. It’s suicide mission for Israel to land in Beirut they will get killed. Ahhhhh what a joke and jokers. Godddddd help us from those stupid ruining our life and happiness. I wish if I can get my voice into their ears telling them how much they sound like idiots and babies have better brain and logic than they all do.

    I have a suggesting whT we don’t arm the and the Christians and the druze to defend their lands from Israel attacks. This would be fair to all Lebanese. As a Christian is don’t need HA to defend my territory I need my army and if the army fails we will engage…..lol this is fair

    Am fed up of listening to this noisy voice

    And what is the end? There no dialog to end this because ha will never cooperate or surrender. the solution is to face them once for all and get over and live Long.

  • Jean Haddad

    Eventually HA will lobby at each LAF military zone in case of Israel attacks and why not at the parliament too and the republic palace to defend our institute from Israel attacks.

    My feeling and I never get wrong Israel will attack all HA logistics storage in Lebanon and syria to reduce the impact on bombarding Israel in case of war. 3 days Israelis has tripled their forces in Golan which is enough to attack both countries. So I believe there’s no war against Lebanon is going to be more cutting the logistics off HA similar to the American tactics against Iraq. Just a thought to share with you guys and gals

  • Jean Haddad

    Eventually HA will lobby at each LAF military zone in case of Israel attacks and why not at the parliament too and the republic palace to defend our institute from Israel attacks.

    My feeling and I never get wrong Israel will attack all HA logistics storage in Lebanon and syria to reduce the impact on bombarding Israel in case of war. 3 days Israelis has tripled their forces in Golan which is enough to attack both countries. So I believe there’s no war against Lebanon is going to be more cutting the logistics off HA similar to the American tactics against Iraq. Just a thought to share with you guys and gals

  • joey

    but jean with the iraq war the american knew saddan didn;t have anything at all even so they still face a strong resistance specialy at the airport and the americam put heavy casulity with lebanon i thing israel are preparing some heavy bombs and they do have to invaide lebanon to finish the job but again i will say nay be syria will do it for them who know;s how;s politic will turn let hope nothing will happen to our dear lebanon and let hope nasrallah will come back in his mind and say ok we gonna make HA a political party and we gonna give all this arms as gift to our lebanese army

  • joey

    but jean with the iraq war the american knew saddan didn;t have anything at all even so they still face a strong resistance specialy at the airport and the americam put heavy casulity with lebanon i thing israel are preparing some heavy bombs and they do have to invaide lebanon to finish the job but again i will say nay be syria will do it for them who know;s how;s politic will turn let hope nothing will happen to our dear lebanon and let hope nasrallah will come back in his mind and say ok we gonna make HA a political party and we gonna give all this arms as gift to our lebanese army

  • Jean Haddad

    Joey

    I was just reading a Russian document claiming the reason behind the American leaving Iraq so quickly is the preparation of heavy arsenal against Iran in al hiwaz which they are planning 22 major targets that can split Iran and isolate the army around the nukes. This city has the army logistic and camps for military training. The war will be led by Iran. Back to Lebanon i was watching the pictures of the incident in bourj al Haidar it looks worst the the 70s war in Lebanon. Civilians ar equipped with R P G, heavy guns etc… Joey, this is dangerous… I believe the LF are getting armed too you know never know all west of beirut is armed except the christians… This is look bad and I believe is going to get worst. Almost HA is imposing its rules on Lebanese government we like it or not, their way or the highway. Let us stop dreaming about peace is going to blow very soon. The US is going to lead the war starting by Iran and Israel are ready in case HA reacts in the south. If HA launches his attacks against Israel without any reason of because of the war on Iran then Lebanon is going into civil strive cause no one one will accept HA reactions.

    • Tony A

      jean habeebi everytime i call my family they say all is well including the ahbash HA incident.

      it was isolated.

      i totally understand the russian document’s POV but thats scare tactics to suck more money from iran for defense weapons cos i’ve read other reports that talk about the pull out from iraq so the USA can get its hands on the trillion dollar find in afghanistan.

      since iran has started its plant thats operational, the US cant touch that now nor can israel cos the fall out effct will be enormous and they cant be held liable for that.

      russia has already installed anti-aircraft missiles around so i dunno how US and israel will adopt their plan unless they fly thru arab countries.

      i wonder if arab countries will allow that knowing the sleeper cells that exist on their soils.

    • Tony A

      jean habeebi everytime i call my family they say all is well including the ahbash HA incident.

      it was isolated.

      i totally understand the russian document’s POV but thats scare tactics to suck more money from iran for defense weapons cos i’ve read other reports that talk about the pull out from iraq so the USA can get its hands on the trillion dollar find in afghanistan.

      since iran has started its plant thats operational, the US cant touch that now nor can israel cos the fall out effct will be enormous and they cant be held liable for that.

      russia has already installed anti-aircraft missiles around so i dunno how US and israel will adopt their plan unless they fly thru arab countries.

      i wonder if arab countries will allow that knowing the sleeper cells that exist on their soils.

  • Jean Haddad

    Joey

    I was just reading a Russian document claiming the reason behind the American leaving Iraq so quickly is the preparation of heavy arsenal against Iran in al hiwaz which they are planning 22 major targets that can split Iran and isolate the army around the nukes. This city has the army logistic and camps for military training. The war will be led by Iran. Back to Lebanon i was watching the pictures of the incident in bourj al Haidar it looks worst the the 70s war in Lebanon. Civilians ar equipped with R P G, heavy guns etc… Joey, this is dangerous… I believe the LF are getting armed too you know never know all west of beirut is armed except the christians… This is look bad and I believe is going to get worst. Almost HA is imposing its rules on Lebanese government we like it or not, their way or the highway. Let us stop dreaming about peace is going to blow very soon. The US is going to lead the war starting by Iran and Israel are ready in case HA reacts in the south. If HA launches his attacks against Israel without any reason of because of the war on Iran then Lebanon is going into civil strive cause no one one will accept HA reactions.