Lebanon MP: Hezbollah is acting as a militia


March 14 MP Okab Sakr said in an interview with Saudi newspaper As-Sharq Al-Awsat that was published on Sunday, in response to comments made by Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad: “Hezbollah’s threat to use its weapons gives the party a militia face and is unacceptable in principle.”

Raad’s statements are dangerous and should be retracted immediately, he said

Hezbollah is threatening to “flip the table” on the cabinet if its demands on the false witnesses file are not met, Sakr said adding :“If the threat is to take to the streets, Raad should know that every street has its equivalent.”

Hezbollah knows that escalation would divide the country and be a “free service to Israel,” Sakr said.

“This goes beyond political maneuvering to gambling with the fate of the country.”

On Saturday Hezbollah escalated its attacks against the special Tribunal for lebanon. Raad said that Hezbollah is stronger than the attempted plots targeting it and that “everyone must bear the results if STL ’s indictment is issued without a compromise.”

Another Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah said on Saturday : ” We know how to protect our Resistance, how to defend it and how to face these conspiracies that are being plotted against our country. Those who are conspiring against Lebanon and the Resistance are the ones who have to worry.”

Former minister Wiam Wahhab a staunch ally of Syria and Hezbollah told New TV on Saturday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not remain the country’s PM if he continues to support the Special Tribunal for Lebanon .

Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, the Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim. Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL.

Some leaders are concerned that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a repeat of the My 2008 incident when Hezbollah gunmen occupied west Beirut and tried but failed to occupy Mt Lebanon, resulting in the killing of over one hundred Lebanese.

The Pro Syrian Al Akhbar newspaper reported earlier in the month that Hezbollah has prepared a plan to take over Lebanon when STL issues its indictment for the 2005 murder of the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun , (a close ally of Hezbollah ) said on November 18 that Hezbollah might violently respond to an STL indictment that accuses Hezbollah party’s members in Hariri’s assassination.

On December 7 a leading Israeli Military Intelligence official expressed concerns that Hezbollah might seize control of Lebanese government institutions .

“Dozens will be killed when Hezbollah uses force and takes over government institutions,” senior Military Intelligence official Colonel Yossi Adler told the Knesset in ‘a possible scenario if Hezbollah is indicted by STL.’