Politicians behaved inappropriately by blowing the Bourj Abi Haidar clashes out of proportion in order to exploit them, and those who think the incident reflects an Iranian-Syrian dispute are betting on a failed American neoconservative project, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday in a speech commemorating World Jerusalem Day.
Tuesday’s clashes in Bourj Abi Haidar between supporters of al-Ahbash and those of Hezbollah were “an individual incident that developed in a regrettable way and has no background,” he added.
Now that the US is withdrawing in defeat from Iraq and Israel is “beset by predicaments,” all that is left of the American project is the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), “and I think we can overcome that challenge,” Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah-Syria and Iran-Syria relations are as strong as ever, he stated.
It is up to STL Prosecutor General Daniel Bellemare to decide whether to consider Hezbollah’s information about potential Israeli involvement in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s 2005 murder, Nasrallah said.
The Lebanese Judiciary has relayed this information from Hezbollah to the STL.
Nasrallah added, “We are not concerned with the [STL] and with what the international judiciary requests,” saying that more information could be provided if the Lebanese Judiciary were interested, but not if it is “just a mailbox.”
Nasrallah also asked the cabinet to form ministerial delegations to seek Arab military aid for the Lebanese army.
Nasrallah declared that “Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, is the right of the Palestinian people,” adding that Jerusalem cannot ever be the capital of a “Zionist entity” that has no legitimacy.
The Hezbollah chief described the Israel-Palestinian negotiations in Washington as “born dead,” adding that seventeen years of negotiation have only disappointed.
He also expressed concern over the parliament’s approach to Palestinian rights in Lebanon, saying that it had actually increased Palestinian fears and the Lebanese side should think seriously about why Palestinians are worried and how their fears can be allayed.
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