Reaction to Nasrallah’s speech

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Last night and during a televised press conference Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah tried to present evidence to prove that Israel was behind the assassination of Lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri .

Lebanese Media has reported that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will indict Hezbollah members for the 2005 assassination of Hariri.

As was expected , only those who support Hezbollah bought the evidence. Many were disappointed because they were expecting convincing solid evidence and specific details on the the van that contained the 2000 kg bomb that killed Hariri. Nasrallah never mentioned the van. According to der Spiegel the van belonged to a Hezbollah official and was loaded with the bombs in the Dhahiyeh, a southern Beirut suburb and a Hezbollah strongold . The footage on Israeli monitoring activities was dismissed as nothing new and “routine ”

Zahraman

March 14 MP Khaled Zahraman told the Voice of Lebanon (VOL) radio station on Tuesday that the information Nasrallah presented during his Monday press conference is general…no concrete evidence was presented .

“The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is the only [body authorized] to deal with this issue,” Zahraman said.

He commented on Nasrallah’s UAV footage evidence, saying that Israel routinely monitors all of Lebanon, including political and security figures.

The MP called on Nasrallah to submit his evidence to STL , adding that the tribunal and the international investigators never ruled out the hypothesis that Israel might be behind the assassination.

Rahme

MP Emile Rahme, a key supporter of Hezbollah told Al-Manar television on Tuesday that the information revealed by Nasrallah is more important than former Commissioner of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission Detlev Mehlis’ report on the matter.

“Mehlis’s [report] was based on false witnesses’ testimonies,” Rahme said, adding that Nasrallah’s evidence has a legal basis.

Rahme is the leader of the Solidarity Party which is part of Suleiman Frangieh’s Marada parliamentary bloc.

De Freige

March 14 MP Nabil De Freige told Future News television on Tuesday that no one dismissed the hypothesis that Israel may be involved in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Nasrallah did not provide convincing evidence, but analysis and extrapolations based on his own logic, he added. “The footage Nasrallah displayed was not convincing,” the MP also said.

“Rejecting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) investigation before it issues its indictment is [unacceptable],” De Freige said, adding that positions should be declared after the investigation’s results are released.

Commenting on the footage , De Freige said that all political and religious figures are monitored by Israel. He was referring to Nasrallah’s claim that Israel’s alleged monitoring of Rafik Hariri indicates they were planning an operation against him.

Qobeissy

Amal MP Hani Qobeissy told the Voice of Lebanon (VOL) radio station on Tuesday that based on the information revealed Nasrallah on Monday, Israel may be responsible for the assassinations that happened in Lebanon.

“Nasrallah’s information must be taken into consideration in order to investigate whether Israel was involved in these and subsequent assassinations,” Qobeissy said and added “Lebanon should avoid the Israeli plan to cause sedition in Lebanon”

Fatfat

Mustaqbal Movement MP Ahmed Fatfat , a key member of March 14 urged Nasrallah to present the Justice Ministry with all the data in his possession “so that spies – big or small – could be arrested. Otherwise, let everyone shut up,” he added.

“If it is proven, that during the investigation, members from Mustaqbal Movement were involved in the assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri we will accuse them of treason and accomplices in crime and they will be prosecuted as spies,” Fatfat said in an interview with the Qatari newspaper al-Raya.

Fatfat said Hezbollah will be stripped of the “Resistance” title in the event May 7 incident was repeated. Fatfat was referring to May 2008 when Hezbollah occupied the western part of Beirut and tried but failed to occupy Mt Lebanon.

Wakim

Head of the People’s Movement Najah Wakim, a key supporter of Hezbollah said it would be a “scandal” if the Government showed indifference to circumstantial evidence presented by Nassrallah during Monday’s press conference.

“These were authentic statements made by a responsible man,” Wakim said in a statement issued on Tueday.

Wakim called on the government to obtain all the data and circumstantial evidence in Nasrallah’s possession and study them.

Israel

Israel on Tuesday dismissed as ridiculous Hezbollah claims to have acquired Israeli footage implicating the Jewish State in the murder of Hariri according to AFP

“Everyone in the world knows, even the Lebanese, that Nasrallah’s accusations are ridiculous,” said a senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It is clear that the accusations were “coming from the pressure on Nasrallah over the international community’s suspicions about Hezbollah’s involvement in Hariri’s murder,” he added.

Iran sanctions and STL

Al-Liwaa daily quoted high-ranking Arab diplomatic sources as saying that the “organized campaign” personally led by the Hezbollah chief against the Hariri tribunal “cannot be separated from the effects of international sanctions against Iran.”

The sources said the campaign reached its peak during Nasrallah’s Monday evening press conference.

They pointed to the “size” or Iranian interference in Lebanese internal affairs in violation of all diplomatic norms.

They said Tehran also wanted to give “clear signals to the international community that the security and stability of Lebanon is in the grip of the Islamic Republic, and the greater the pressures imposed on it, the more Lebanon will be directly affected by these pressures.”

Iran, according to the sources, is seeking — through Hezbollah activity against UNIFIL in the south and what currently is going on against the International Tribunal ….to send a message to the United States and the West in general that Lebanon is still a card in its hand as that Tehran can use this card whenever it wants.

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9 responses to “Reaction to Nasrallah’s speech”

  1. What nonsense. HA is desperate for a way out and the manner they are going about it is just making it worse for them. Plain & simple: They were caught with their hands in the cookie jar and now mumbling, stumbling and scrounging for just about anything to cover their crime (s). It’s clear, they are thugs and an organized mob that we all know resort to extortion and threats against their own people. Let me ask this simple question and let the rest ponder the answer: Who would benefit the most from the assassination of Rafik and all these other murdered MP’s? I will give you a hint; it’s not Israel!

    God help the people of our beloved country.

  2. Abou Daoud Avatar
    Abou Daoud

    Why not believe the Sayed: He said “rogue elements” of HA where involved and that HA had the footage to pinpoint the attack. That’s all it needs 🙂

    Or should we believe the Sayed was helping Israel by covering up the facts and let the STL blame Syria?

    btw …. HA means Hell’s Angels – except in Lebanon?

    1. Anti Syrian Iranian Avatar
      Anti Syrian Iranian

      Ya Abou Hatab I mean Daoud,

      Showing Videoclips of the agent boambing in 1993 and 1997 then he could your own Sayyed shows us also the bombing of Hariri car too. but the issue was all related to images.

      Let me ask you a simple question: the US has my picutre on one of the twin towers roofs in New York, do you think I should be balmed as a suspect for 9/11?

      In the 80s Israelis were allover Lebanon and we were in communication with them since they were lobbying in our areas for so many reasons then they have left back to Israel, does this makes me an Israeli agent?

      He emphasized on so many issues took place before the 20s so what? Roles and Missions and Targets keep changing every single second of the day. Does this makes you a believer with what your Sayyed has said. The door of Hell is the closet area that he can reach. Hopefully soon.

  3. i love fatfat. he always speaks my lingo.

  4. Tony Smith Avatar
    Tony Smith

    Someone should put a stop to HA threats about occupying west Beirut everytime someone steps on their tale..Our president and prime minister should have some balls and courage.They need to warn any militia against occupying any parts of Beirut or any other cities.If they can’t do that they need to step down and let someone with hair on their chest to take over this country.We have bunch of wimps ruling the country…

  5. Anti Syrian Iranian Avatar
    Anti Syrian Iranian

    Al-Liwaa makes sense, finally we got some reporters with courage to speak out.

    They said Tehran also wanted to give “clear signals to the international community that the security and stability of Lebanon is in the grip of the Islamic Republic, and the greater the pressures imposed on it, the more Lebanon will be directly affected by these pressures.”

    Iran, according to the sources, is seeking — through Hezbollah activity against UNIFIL in the south and what currently is going on against the International Tribunal ….to send a message to the United States and the West in general that Lebanon is still a card in its hand as that Tehran can use this card whenever it wants.

  6. Anti Syrian Iranian Avatar
    Anti Syrian Iranian

    How come Nassralleh has forgotten to elaborate on the methodology used by the Israelis to clean out the crime scene? I guess is still in production or editing…

  7. HA still have plenty evidence on the killing and there is a picture he forget to show it on al manar it was a group of commandos pissing against the wall they been filmed by nasralla he will show it soon thats purley indicte that they did kill hariri what an ass

  8. Abou Daoud Avatar
    Abou Daoud

    Sorry Anit Syrian Iranian 🙂

    I was kidding – Nasrallah contradicts himself all the time unless he simply threatens others into violent submission – Shall I change my nick to pro lebanese swiss ….. switzerland and sweden the only talking to hamas and HA …

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