During a vist to Kayfoon in the Aley district , PSP leader Walid Jumblatt slammed the officials that compared Hezbollah and Change and Reform Movement to ISIS , calling such a comparison political heresy.
“Our battle against ISIL is at the beginning.” Jumblatt said stressing that it is mandatory to support the Lebanese army
Commenting on the presidential impasse , Jumblatt said that he is seeking a settlement with Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah to end the stalemate .
But Elie Mahfouz, a member of the March 14 alliance and head of the Change Movement slammed Jumblatt and told him : “You haven’t learned your lesson yet” .
“With all my respect to Walid Jumblatt I disagree with him and I hereby tell tell him that ISIS , Hezbollah and the Syrian regime are various faces of the same coin”.
He added it seems Walid Jumblatt has forgotten 2008 when Hezbollah ‘s elite fighters headed to Mount Lebanon and tried to invade his Mukhtara castle.
He added: ” Jumblatt may have forgotten but his people will never forget what happened.” This is a possible reference to Hezbollah’s occupation of West Beirut and its failed attempt to ccuppy Mt Lebanon in May 2008.Jumblatt , who was at his Beirut residence at the time was encircled by Hezbollah and Amal Movement gunmen but the Druze community of Mt Lebanon fought Hezbollah with whatever basis arms they could find . Some reports indicated at the time that Hezbollah’s casualties in Mt Lebanon surpassed those of the 2006 war with Israel. Sheikh Naim Qassem’s son was reportedly killed in the MT Lebanon clashes. Qassem is Nasrallah’s deputy .
He added : Is the Jumblatt , Berri, Hezbollah triangle now trying to tell the Christians who will the president be ?
Jumblatt has maximised his influence by switching allegiances several times in recent years.
Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi , a key member of the March 14 alliance said in an interview on LBC TV on Thursday evening. that Hezbollah and ISIS are similar, pointing out that “Hezbollah’s Iranian project in Lebanon doesn’t differ much from ISIL plans.”
“Hezbollah [tries to] eliminate [its rivals.] Its project is Iranian and it wants hegemony over Lebanon. It follows that any group which tries to eliminate its rivals is like ISIS. ”
Rifi was the general director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces from 2005 to 2013. He has been serving as minister of justice since 15 February 2014.