Hariri urges his party leaders to ‘avoid escalation’ of tension with LF


hariri geagea maarabKuwaiti daily al-Seyassah reported on Sunday that  The Future Movement is trying  avert any further  deterioration of ties with the Lebanese Forces.

The daily reported that the  Movement’s leader former PM Saad Hariri urged his party officials against “escalating” tensions with the LF.

He issued a memo urging calm “in order to preserve the unity of the March 14 coalition.”

He demanded that disputes with the LF shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.”

Circles close to Hariri told al-Seyassah that there are no differences between theFuture  Movement and LF over “the strategy of the Cedar Revolution”, revealing that contacts are underway to calm tensions between the two sides.

LF chief Samir Geagea had issued a similar warning to his supporters earlier this year amid tensions between the Future Movement  and LF over the presidential elections.

The Movement will soon hold an expanded meeting of its leaders to assess the recent municipal polls, most notably the results in the northern city of Tripoli, the circles told al-Seyassah.

This comes after resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi on Friday urged   Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader  Samir Geagea to mend ties between them and withdraw support for the presidential bids of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh.

Describing Geagea as a “permanent strategic ally in the Christian arena alongside other allies,” the resigned minister criticized Hariri for “replacing this alliance with  Franjieh.”

Relations were strained between Hariri and Geagea after the former PM proposed the nomination of Franjieh for the presidency. The Harir’s  move prompted Geagea to endorse the nomination of his long-time Christian rival Aoun.

Rift’s remarks came days after a list he backed achieved a stunning victory in the Tripoli’s municipal polls over last  Sunday despite the fact that the rival list  was backed by all the top northern  politicians including Hariri, ex-PM Najib Miqati, former ministers Mohammed Safadi and Faisal Karami, Jamaa Islamiya, al-Ahbash and the Arab Democratic Party.



45 responses to “Hariri urges his party leaders to ‘avoid escalation’ of tension with LF”

  1. ‘Circles close to Hariri told al-Seyassah that there are no differences between theFuture Movement and LF over “the strategy of the Cedar Revolution”’
    Yep, there are no differences on the centrality of backstabbing to achieving the Revolutions’s goals.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Funny thing with that is, the Cedar Revolution had no ‘strategy’ … it was a spontaneous uprising OF THE PEOPLE, and those folks included all the sects. The ‘tops’ were caught totally unaware, and didn’t have a chance to squelch it before it hit the News Screens.
      It was sort of like Woodstock #1. Come out and BE free to say ‘GO AWAY SYRIA – And We’re tired of having elected leaders blown up’. The first real rejoicing of ‘a people’ coming together.
      Problem was, they all went home after, thinking they had actually accomplished more than they had.
      The recent ‘You Stink’ crowd gave a warning they would gather, and thus were attacked while marching … (although they stuck it out – the smell is that bad, I suppose.)
      So now the Cedar Strategy is to ‘mollify with words, and do nothing’ … and no-one knows who’s running anything, except a country is run into the ground by all the ‘powers’ surrounding it or desirous of it.
      THE PEOPLE are sucked dry.

      1. Good observations. You see, when you write about something you actually have knowledge of, the effort put into the typing is not wasted.

        1. Golyat Avatar

          I’m curious, why do you even care about Lebanon?

          1. Difficult to imagine someone could possibly care about that shit hole, eh buddy? 🙂

            It’s mostly because of the hummus, mate, because of the hummus. 🙂

          2. Golyat Avatar

            I mean if it’s “shit hole” why do you even bother…?

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I think he was trying to say Hamas …. got it mixed up with another ‘Israeli Invention’ from Egypt. :-)))

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Hamas is an invention……of the Muslim Brotherhood. BTW, try Beano if you’re having problems.

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And to go along ‘the monthly’ … while speaking of ‘shit hole’ places to live …

          6. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I wasn’t speaking of shithole places, I was speaking of the Hamas origin. If you want to play youtube bingo, then I’m sure I can find shitholes throughout the world.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Indeed there are … indeed there are. I guess I should have ‘replied’ to the ‘buddy’ YK.
            But then, the threads here seem to follow the needles … :-))

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1924, the British and Americans filled the vacuum by providing their own versions of “Islamic” leaders. This started with the creation of the Muslim Brotherhood through a grant from the British”.

            “New York Times Reporter David Shipler cites the Israeli military governor of Gaza as boasting that Israel expressly financed the fundamentalists against the PLO:
            Politically speaking, Islamic fundamentalists were sometimes regarded as useful to Israel, because they had conflicts with the secular supporters of the PLO. Violence between the two groups erupted occasionally on West Bank university campuses. Israeli military governor of the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, once told me how he had financed the Islamic movement as a counterweight to the PLO and the Communists.
            ‘The Israeli Government gave me a budget and the military government gives to the mosques,’ he said.”

          9. Rudy1947 Avatar

            The MB was created by al-Banna for the installment of Islam throughout Egypt, not the Brits or the West.

            Their(MB) stance against the PLO and Communists made them acceptable to Israel. As Israel and many throughout the world realized the tactics may differ but the goal was the same.

          10. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Revised by your wikipedant? MB origins date from Egypt 1928..

            “With its takeover of Gaza after the 1967 war with Egypt, Israel hunted down secular Palestinian Liberation Organization factions, but dropped the previous Egyptian rulers’ harsh restrictions against Islamic activists. In fact, Israel for many years tolerated and at times encouraged Islamic activists and groups as a counterweight to the secular nationalists of the PLO and its dominant faction, Fatah.
            Among the activists benefited was Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza, who had also formed the Islamist group Mujama al-Islamiya, a charity recognized by Israel in 1979. Israel allowed the organization to build mosques, clubs, schools, and a library in Gaza.

            Avner Cohen, an Israeli religious affairs official, sent a report to senior military officers and civilian leadership in Gaza advising them of the dangers of the Islamic movement, but this report and similar ones were ignored.[19] Former military intelligence officer Shalom Harari said the warnings were ignored out of neglect, not a desire to fortify the Islamists: “Israel never financed Hamas. Israel never armed Hamas.”
            It was to divide the Palestinians:)

          11. Rudy1947 Avatar

            And your point?

          12. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            And your point? Brilliant?

          13. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Asking what your point is?

          14. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Me too.

          15. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Typical girly brat.

          16. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Let’s be ‘diplomatic’ and call it a ‘furtherance’ concept.

          17. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Fine, I’ll say nice doggy and then find a rock.

          18. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “Brig. General Yosef Kastel, who took over as governor in Gaza in late 1979, says he had no illusions about Sheikh Yassin’s long-term intentions or the perils of political Islam. As Israel’s former military attache in Iran, he’d watched Islamic fervor topple the Shah. However, in Gaza, says Mr. Segev, “our main enemy was Fatah,” and the cleric “was still 100% peaceful” towards Israel.”

          19. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Then what did the Sheikh Yassin turn into?

          20. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            into Hamas.

          21. Rudy1947 Avatar


          22. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “In fact, the cleric and Israel had a shared enemy: secular Palestinian activists. After a failed attempt in Gaza to oust secularists from leadership of the Palestinian Red Crescent, the Muslim version of the Red Cross, Mujama staged a violent demonstration, storming the Red Crescent building. Islamists also attacked shops selling liquor and cinemas. The Israeli military mostly stood on the sidelines.”

          23. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (Wow … Jews in Toronto attacked wine-stores fairly recently … is there a connection? ;-))

          24. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Islamist extremists are old Arab Jews cousins.

          25. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            “Mr. Cohen, who worked at the time for the Israeli government’s religious affairs department in Gaza, says he began to hear disturbing reports in the mid-1970s about Sheikh Yassin from traditional Islamic clerics. He says they warned that the sheikh had no formal Islamic training and was ultimately more interested in politics than faith. “They said, ‘Keep away from Yassin. He is a big danger,’” recalls Mr. Cohen.

            Instead, Israel’s military-led administration in Gaza looked favorably on the paraplegic cleric, who set up a wide network of schools, clinics, a library and kindergartens. Sheikh Yassin formed the Islamist group Mujama al-Islamiya, which was officially recognized by Israel as a charity and then, in 1979, as an association. Israel also endorsed the establishment of the Islamic University of Gaza, which it now regards as a hotbed of militancy. The university was one of the first targets hit by Israeli warplanes in the recent war.”

          26. Yes, it’s spelled “hummus” in English, dumbo. How do you prefer it, “houmous”? 🙂

          27. Golyat Avatar

            Again what’s “hummus”? You still cannot answer a simple question dimwit!

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Perhaps Sunnis of a moderate persuasion realize the ‘peace’ they enjoy this year in Tripoli – as opposed to a few before – is because ‘The Army’ was actually finally ‘allowed’ to do it’s job and clear out most of the weapon-users; and for that reason alone they should be supporting some kind of ‘Lebanese Forces’.
    Geagea adequately showed the falacy of any thought that ‘support’ for the ‘hand-picked’ of Hezzbolla would change anything of the Iranian wishes to eliminate adequate Democratic Government, and the election of a President who is supposed to be a ‘Christian’ by the rules of a now-ancient ‘Accord’ giving Lebanon 2 ‘chiefs’ for a Parliament instead of simply one Leader of an elected ‘party’ of ALL Lebanon … of which there are simply too many to begin with.
    So yes … withdraw all ‘support’ of ANY of the others vying for a ‘JOB’, which is supposed to be done FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON, and allow the people to pick the ones to raise a hand and say ‘I will represent YOU’ in this country … which is NOT only Beirut.
    ‘Lebanese Armed Forces’ have defined the borders … time for the people to define Lebanon.
    Given the chance, I think more than 20% will show up at the polls.
    Rifi may have resigned a ‘post’ … but it seems his brain is not resigned to the complacency.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    India and Lebanon … very similar in this … certainly in Tripoli … for the same reasons.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    No new news for 2 days … or maybe not for the ‘festive’ season … nothing will change, but the lunches of those who make it to Parliament.

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Leb-News here is ‘interesting’ ….

  6. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Is Israel facilitating aid to Jewish extremists?
    Country’s tax code grants exemptions to groups making donations to Israelis convicted of politically motivated violence.

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar

      And what is Hariri’s position on this?

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        None, he’s an idiot..

        ISIS posts PR photos they took with John Mcain..including the heart eater.

        1. Rudy1947 Avatar

          And what do all your videos have to do with anything?

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            ask you mother..

          2. Rudy1947 Avatar

            A bit difficult to ask Mom, she’s dead.

            Now what does your “photos” have to do with anything?

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I know.. looks like my photos bother you, look away troll.. and don’t forget to get lost

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Nice try brat, and I won’t get lost.

  7. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Hey Hariri why did you come back?

    Hariri’s return: A settlement or an aggravation of the situation?

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