[ Ed. note – This past Saturday, suddenly and without warning, Saad Hariri announced his resignation as prime minister of Lebanon. The announcement was made in a televised addressed–not from Beruit, but from Riyadh, where Hariri claims he fled out of fear for his life. His speech included tirades against Hezbollah and Iran, in essence representing a propaganda coup for the US and Israel, and the possibility of his departure being used as justification for a new Israeli invasion of Lebanon should not be discounted.
Among Hariri’s claims are that “Iran controls the region” and that Hezbollah has “managed to impose a fait accompli in Lebanon by the force of its weapons.” Apparently no “faits accomplis” have ever been imposed upon the Middle East by the US or Israel.
Below are two responses to the Hariri resignation, the first from Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the second from Adam Garrie, of The Duran. Nasrallah’s analysis is that Hariri was forced to resign by Saudi Arabia, and that his departure “was a Saudi decision.” Garrie describes the Hariri speech as a “rage filled resignation address” and he notes the possibility that it “was calculated in order to provoke a wider conflict in and around Lebanon involving Hezbollah, Israel and Sunni terrorist groups like al-Qaeda.”
Whatever the case, the resignation speech seems to have been the occasion for celebration in Israel. Yesterday Uprooted Palestinians published an article reporting on tweets posted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, both of whom seemed to find in Hariri’s speech a ready supply of ammunition for their cause. ]
Sayyed Nasrallah: Hariri’s Resignation a Saudi Decision, Violates Lebanon Sovereignty
By Marwa Haidar | Al Manar
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah raised on Sunday a number of questions regarding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s surprise resignation announced from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, earlier on Saturday.
In a televised Speech aired on Al-Manar TV, Sayyed Nasrsallah stressed that all circumstances surrounding Hariri’s resignation prove that the move was a pure Saudi decision and that the Lebanese PM was forced to make such announcement.
As he noted that the shape of the resignation violates Lebanon sovereignty and harms Hariri’s dignity, Sayyed Nasrallah called for calm until more details about the issue would be uncovered.
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah is keen to preserve national security and stability, calling on all Lebanese political factions and media outlets to behave with high responsibility so as to know if Hariri will return to Lebanon or no.
His eminence, meanwhile, assured the Lebanese as he dismissed rumors regarding possible Israeli or even Saudi aggression on Lebanon.
Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by saying that Hariri’s resignation was surprising, noting that Hariri had earlier assured the ministers in the Lebanese cabinet that the situation was good and that Saudi wants stability in Lebanon.
His eminence, however, pointed out to threats made by Saudi minister earlier last week, who threatened to “curb” Hezbollah and called for “confronting” the Lebanese resistance movement.
His eminence said that Hariri’s resignation was exclusively reported by Saudi-owned Al-Arabiyah news network in a recorded video.
“The shape of the resignation proves that Hariri was forced to do so and that the resignation was a Saudi decision,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, stressing that such move violated Lebanon’s national sovereignty and harmed the PM’s dignity.
“Up till now, nobody knows what really happened. We, the Lebanese, know each side’s rhetoric, and the statement read by Hariri in the video represents the Saudi rhetoric and not that of Hariri.”
Violation of Lebanese Sovereignty
The resignation certainly caused fears and concerns on the Lebanese level, Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that the shape of the resignation reveals the clear interference by Saudi Arabia in the Lebanese internal issues.
“We believe that the government had the ability to continue and to hold elections,” his eminence said, noting that Saudi stood in the way to do so.
Voicing Hezbollah’s stance regarding Hariri’s resignation, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “We in Hezbollah pause at the shape of the resignation and what holds within it of violation to the Lebanese sovereignty and harm to the PM’s dignity.”
Lebanese PM Hariri Resigns After Anti-Iranian Meltdown
By Adam Garrie | The Duran
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has delivered a rage filled resignation address from the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Hariri, who is a duel Lebanese-Saudi citizen, leads the Lebanese party Future Movement which forms part of the March 14 Allience in the Lebanese parliament. The future movement attracts few Shi’a and Christian voters and has been openly critical of Hezbollah’s assistance to Syria in its war against al-Qaeda, FSA and ISIS.
During his resignation speech, he blasted Iran and Hezbollah in a manner that is highly reminiscent of Israeli propaganda. In a phrase echoing remarks made by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, Hariri said that “Iran’s hand in the region would be cut off”, although Hariri, like Netanyahu, failed to explain how Iran has a ‘hand in the region’ in a way that violates any norms of international law. Hariri then stated that he feared for his life, should he remain in office, while providing no evidence of credible threats to his safety.
The timing of the surprise resignation is in many ways, more significant than the content of the resignation speech.
The speech came shortly after Hariri met with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and only hours after the CIA published suspicious documents which perversely try to link Iran with al-Qaeda.
The fact of the matter is, as everyone except the CIA seems to know, that al-Qaeda is a declared enemy of Iran and Iran is a declared enemy of al-Qaeda, both in terms of geo-strategic interests as well as ideology.
In 1998, Iran almost went to war with Afghanistan to avenge the slaughter of Iranian diplomats by al-Qaeda who at the time were headquartered in Taliban controlled Afghanistan.
More recently, Iran has fought with Iraqi and Syrian troops in their war against al-Qaeda and ISIS, an organisation which was founded by members of a group called al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Moreover, Iranians are targeted by al-Qaeda terrorists across the world in a ruthless fashion.
The absurdity of the CIA’s claim that Iran and al-Qaeda had attempted to work together is not only insulting to those with a sense of reality, but it obscures the fact that in Syria and Libya before that, the US has allied itself with al-Qaeda forces. The US in fact founded al-Qaeda in the 1980s when it was known as the Islamic Unity of Afghanistan Mujahideen. Members of the group even met with Ronald Reagan in the White House.
In spite of supporting al-Qaeda in Syria and Libya and helping to form what became al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the US is now trotting out al-Qaeda as a kind of strange boogieman in order to whip up tensions against Iran, a country which like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and Gaddafi’s Libya, was totally opposed to the group.
The supreme disinformation campaign by Mike Pompeo’s CIA has now been effectively regurgitated by the aloof and increasingly unpopular Saad Hariri.
Hariri’s resignation will be welcomed by his many opponents, including perhaps, Lebanon’s Christian President Michel Aoun, who has been working to restore Lebanon’s ties with Syria after a personally touch-and-go relationship with Damascus over the decades.
However, the style of Hariri’s resignation is deeply irresponsible as his speech contained inflammatory sectarian rhetoric which could potentially set off a Sunni extremist uprising in a country which was ripped apart by a 15 year long civil war.
There remains a further danger that Hariri’s anti-Hezbollah and anti-Iran tirade was calculated in order to provoke a wider conflict in and around Lebanon involving Hezbollah, Israel and Sunni terrorist groups like al-Qaeda.