BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt said rival political leaders need to tone down their political rhetoric and engage in dialogue to prevent more violence from striking the country.
“The political, ethical and humanitarian responsibility requires all rival parties, even if it has regional and foreign extensions, to tone down the level of its political rhetoric,” Jumblatt said in his weekly statement to be published Tuesday.
“As if such security deterioration, institutional paralysis, economic decline, social confusion is not enough to prompt the political partners to engage in dialogue and exit this unprecedented boycott,” he said.
The head of the Progressive Socialist Party also warned that ongoing political disputes between the country’s main parties would only push the country further into the unknown.
“The Lebanese citizen has the right to wonder whether the Lebanese political forces in both rival camps would carry on with the same approach of political and media escalation that leads at the end of to further tensions and makes the land more fertile for terrorist acts,” he said.
Jumblatt also noted that the terrorism that hit Beirut’s southern suburbs and the northern city of Tripoli “does not discriminate between one area or another area or on one sect or the other.”
“If some political leaders in Lebanon think their strength and power can fortify them from these terrorist acts, then they are mistaken given that this deliberate and calculated terrorism aims primarily at reminding these Lebanese players that they are a piece of a bigger game run by regional and perhaps international players,” Jumblatt said.
He also commented on recent steps by Hezbollah and other parties in north Lebanon who have adopted self-protection measures.
“It is important to face the theory of self-protection that makes the task of security agencies more complicated and difficult at a time when we need to embrace the agencies at a distance from our political disputes, conflicting stances on regional and local issues particularly the Syrian crisis,” he said.