Mashnouq: Resistance is a right, a duty and a need


mashnouq MPLebanon’s Interior Minister Nuhad al-Mashnouq declared on Monday that the resistance is a right a duty and a need on condition that its leadership does not have sectarian and political affiliations.

He was responding to Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri who has been insisting that resistance formula be the basis fof the ministerial policy statement of the new cabinet .

“The March 14 ministers who are participating in the meetings to draft the ministerial statement are committed to the fact that resisting the Israeli occupation is a right, a duty, and a need, as long as it is not led by a sectarian faction that has foreign political affiliations ,” Mashnouq said in a statement issued on Monday.

The word resistance in Lebanon refers to the Iranian backed Hezbollah Shiite militant group.

Mashnouq stressed that “the state is the reference for all the Lebanese who insist on their right for resistance, which was not mentioned in past ministerial statements that considered the resistance a personal right.”

“We want the ministerial statement to be a first step towards a defense strategy that benefits from the ability of the controversial resistance and gives the state the right to decide on war or peace.”

Berri, a close ally of Hezbollah reiterated his determination last week to mention the resistance formula in the ministerial statement.

“Abandoning the resistance is out of the question. Had this happened before, South Lebanon and Lebanon would not have endured,” Berri was quoted as telling his visitors.

Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel slammed last Thursday the Hezbollah led March 8 politicians who are calling for preserving the Lebanese’s “right to resistance” in the ministerial statement.

“Does that mean that we will live in a jungle and give weapon licenses to all Lebanese?” Gemayel said in a statement last week following his meeting with Berri.

“There is no consensus on the concept of resistance,” he added.

Gemayel went on to stress the importance of the Baabda Declaration, and said that “Hezbollah alone has its reservations against this Declaration.”

President Michel Suleiman and the March 14 alliance want the Baabda Declaration to be the basis for the policy statement, but the Hezbollah-led March 8 camp is insisting on basing the policy on the so called resistance formula: People + army + resistance. Resistance here means Hezbollah.

March 14’s suggested formula is “Lebanon’s right to defend itself,”

Speaker Nabih Berri, a key member of March 8 alliance warned his visitors that the ministerial committee tasked with drafting the policy statement has until March 17 to complete its work.

“If the document was not adopted by that time, the president should immediately call for new binding parliamentary consultations to name a new prime minster-designate,” he said.

The new 24-minister cabinet, formed after more than months of political bickering, has been preparing the ministerial statement to present to the parliament for a vote of confidence.



7 responses to “Mashnouq: Resistance is a right, a duty and a need”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    What a charade! Almost funny…

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Here’s another …. 😉

      BEIRUT: The April 10 deadline for Lebanon’s offshore gas auction is too soon for bidding oil companies, as experience has shown that firms need two to three months to prepare their offers and examine the geological structure, experts said Monday.
      “Even if the Cabinet approves the two decrees involving the gas blocks and revenue sharing today, this bill has to pass to the Parliament for endorsement as well. And even if you obtain all the approvals, it’s nearly impossible to meet the April deadline. The companies need at least two months to prepare their bidding,” Roudi Baroudi, secretary-general of the World Energy Council, told The Daily Star.
      Former Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil postponed the offshore gas auction until April 10, the second delay in less than two years.
      The yet-to-be-approved decrees set the conditions for bidding on the gas blocks and determine how many will be auctioned off.
      The new energy minister, Arthur Nazarian, a close ally of Bassil and the Free Patriotic Movement, is not expected to amend the decisions his predecessor made.
      But nevertheless, observers believe the current Cabinet may not have enough time to discuss the two decrees because this government’s main duty will be to pave the way for the presidential election to be held May 25.
      Sources close to the matter said some ministers had reservations about the two decrees and would prefer to amend them before they were referred to the Parliament.
      An oil executive also advised postponement of the auction…..
      ….actual gas exploration is not expected to take place for another three to four years, even if the decrees passed in one month.

  2. Constantin7 Avatar

    Very well said. A resistance should not be hijacked by one party or one sect. I see a future prime ministre in this man…

  3. Prophettttt Avatar

    Good start,Mr.Mashnouq.We can expect Mashnouq junior,Sammy Gemayel, Amad Asser,Taymour Jumblat,Gibran Bassil,Ali Eid to join the resistance,all will be
    I’m in one of those

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      TOGETHER, We CAN resist the resistance. 😉

  4. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Hezbollah shouldn’t be called a resistance.

    1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

      Why Not? they’re resisting every attempt to bring peace to Lebanon? they’re resisting everything that unites Lebanon. they’re resisting from not dealing with drug dearlers, car thiefs and kidnapping.. what do really want “The real lebanese”.. Lol

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