Jumblatt urges all parties to hail Saudi grant to Lebanon army

jumblatt -psp leaderProgressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt hailed on Tuesday the Saudi grant to the Lebanese Army , called it an “important step,” and urged all Lebanese parties to respond to it positively.

“It is a must to laud and hail the important step that was achieved through the Saudi-French cooperation that is aimed at supporting and boosting the capabilities of the Lebanese Army,” Jumblatt said in a statement on Tuesday

“It is a generous and welcome initiative that came at the right time to support the military institution as it performs its missions amid very complicated circumstances,” he added.

Jumblatt noted that “strengthening the Lebanese army’s capabilities at this moment carries extraordinary significance, especially amid the Israeli threats and daily territorial, maritime and aerial violations practiced by Israel against Lebanon.”

He also said that ” protecting stability and civil peace require strengthening the army and security forces to avoid descending into further deterioration.”

The PSP leader called on all Lebanese political parties to respond to the Saudi initiative positively, “especially that it serves the interest of the state, which remains the only sanctuary for all Lebanese, regardless of the circumstances and major domestic and regional transformations.”

Hezbollah is reportedly unhappy about this development . In an interview with LBCI TV on Monday , caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn said his Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance has certain concerns that “the donation to the army might be part of the domestic political bickering in the country.”

Jumblatt’s comments come two days after president Michel Suleiman announced that Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to buy arms for the Lebanese Army from France to help support and strengthen the military.

“I am pleased to announce to the Lebanese people that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud has decided to offer Lebanon a generous grant of $3 billion to help the Lebanese Armed Forces receive new weapons,” the president said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday

“Enhancing the army’s capabilities is a unifying national and popular demand and a source of pride and it is a dream that I always had during my 41 years of military service, and it is the dream of every Lebanese since independence to confront the Israeli threat, protect democracy, face terrorism and put an end to the proliferation of arms,” said the president.

Suleiman described the move as “the biggest support in Lebanon’s history,” pointing out that it is “sufficient to enable the army to perform its missions.”

Suleiman also revealed that another 1.6 billion dollars might be offered during an international meeting in Italy in 2014.

“The initiative is an honest reflection of the kingdom’s efforts to preserve Lebanon,” Suleiman said.

  • 5thDrawer

    Is Jumblatt flipping again? Defence against Israel?? Or is that one of the sops for Nastyrallah.?
    Surely he’s not trying to get back into Assad’s Palace, is he?
    Ah well, ALL HAIL … “regardless of the circumstances and major domestic and regional transformations.” anyway. (list not needed)

  • 5thDrawer

    Is Jumblatt flipping again? Defence against Israel?? Or is that one of the sops for Nastyrallah.?
    Surely he’s not trying to get back into Assad’s Palace, is he?
    Ah well, ALL HAIL … “regardless of the circumstances and major domestic and regional transformations.” anyway. (list not needed)

  • The real lebanese

    Peace, I wonder if its almost time for HA to disarm. You said yourself when the army has control of the country, its time. Could this deal finally give the army the strength it needs? And if so, surely HA wont disarm without a fight.

    • Peaceforleb

      Real, how is it almost time?. The army is still a long way a way to be able to do its job and protect Lebanon and it’s borders. We don’t even have a real government in place. Go look at what’s happening in Tripoli, the thousands of outsiders who have weapons and who have hijacked Bab al Tabbaneh. The army still hasn’t been given authority to go in and put a stop to it. Giving them weapon will change nothing. The LAF has always been a good army, however as I’ve said in the past, they are not allowed to do their job. What they need is real leadership. Once they have real leadership and given the authority to their job then yes, Hezbollah should most defiantly disarm. But you and I both know this will never happen.

      • The real lebanese

        Why don’t we have a government yet? M8 isn’t compromising with M14 and neutral politicians. Bab al Tabbaneh is a result of HAs involvement in Syria that is inciting strife as HA is killing Sunnis by the thousands in Syria. Why aren’t they allowed to do their job? Lets just look at the past. 2008 with the army commander shot down. Dragging Lebanon into a war with Israel in 2006. Supporting a regime that is attacking Lebanese territory now. Please let me know if I need to list more. HA is the only reason why The army doesn’t have control in Lebanon. Why doesn’t HA merge with the army? Because they need to use their weapons politically in Lebanon and regionally for Iran. Thats their whole ideology. Please tell me, how is HAs weapons keeping Lebanon stable? I would love to hear back from you. 😉

  • The real lebanese

    Peace, I wonder if its almost time for HA to disarm. You said yourself when the army has control of the country, its time. Could this deal finally give the army the strength it needs? And if so, surely HA wont disarm without a fight.

    • Peaceforleb

      Real, how is it almost time?. The army is still a long way a way to be able to do its job and protect Lebanon and it’s borders. We don’t even have a real government in place. Go look at what’s happening in Tripoli, the thousands of outsiders who have weapons and who have hijacked Bab al Tabbaneh. The army still hasn’t been given authority to go in and put a stop to it. Giving them weapon will change nothing. The LAF has always been a good army, however as I’ve said in the past, they are not allowed to do their job. What they need is real leadership. Once they have real leadership and given the authority to their job then yes, Hezbollah should most defiantly disarm. But you and I both know this will never happen.

      • The real lebanese

        Why don’t we have a government yet? M8 isn’t compromising with M14 and neutral politicians. Bab al Tabbaneh is a result of HAs involvement in Syria that is inciting strife as HA is killing Sunnis by the thousands in Syria. Why aren’t they allowed to do their job? Lets just look at the past. 2008 with the army commander shot down. Dragging Lebanon into a war with Israel in 2006. Supporting a regime that is attacking Lebanese territory now. Please let me know if I need to list more. HA is the only reason why The army doesn’t have control in Lebanon. Why doesn’t HA merge with the army? Because they need to use their weapons politically in Lebanon and regionally for Iran. Thats their whole ideology. Please tell me, how is HAs weapons keeping Lebanon stable? I would love to hear back from you. 😉

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    If there was ever a time to act then the time is at hand, if the army is going to establish itself as the only security institution in Lebanon it needs to take a firm and united stand firstly by stopping the Hezbollah fighters returning to Lebanon not even for burials, next step ensure all Hezbollah members declare their allegiance to Lebanon and surrender all military stock and be on the lookout for other armed assholes that might be making some kind of noise.
    Maybe one day the country will be the first honestly governed free and democratic nation in the muddle east. I didn’t spell muddle wrong either.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    If there was ever a time to act then the time is at hand, if the army is going to establish itself as the only security institution in Lebanon it needs to take a firm and united stand firstly by stopping the Hezbollah fighters returning to Lebanon not even for burials, next step ensure all Hezbollah members declare their allegiance to Lebanon and surrender all military stock and be on the lookout for other armed assholes that might be making some kind of noise.
    Maybe one day the country will be the first honestly governed free and democratic nation in the muddle east. I didn’t spell muddle wrong either.