BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri blasted Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Tuesday, saying the “arrogance” he demonstrated in an interview hours earlier would only raise tension in Lebanon and lead to strife.
“The first impression every rational and responsible person has is that Sayyed Hasan drowns in a sea of arrogance that will only lead to further confusion, tension and stirring of strife,” said Hariri, according to a statement from his office.
In an interview with OTV, Nasrallah said he was convinced a Lebanon-based Al-Qaeda with links to Saudi intelligence was behind last month’s bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.
He also said that Saudi Arabia considered Iran an enemy and was indirectly fighting the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain and Syria.
Nasrallah also said that Riyadh wanted governments in Arab and Muslim worlds to be under its control.
“Sayyed Hasan managed to issue from his heart all elements of hatred he harbors against Saudi Arabia and its leadership and to fall into the language that would only damage Lebanon’s relations with the Arab world,” said Hariri.
“Maybe Sayyed Hasan has forgot that Hezbollah is the primary suspect in the most dangerous explosion Lebanon has witnessed, the victim of which was martyr [former] Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” Hariri added.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has indicted five Hezbollah members over the Feb. 14, 2005, assassination of Rafik Hariri.
“And he forgot that his party is responsible for detonating coexistence between Lebanese in general and between Sunnis and Shiites in particular,” the head of the Future Movement said.
“He forgot that he sent terrorist groups to Khobar in Saudi Arabia and to Argentina, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt,” Hariri said.
“In addition to this, he pretends to forget that the history of Saudi Arabia toward Lebanon is one of construction, goodness and peace, unlike the history of his ally the Syrian regime which is stained with the blood of Lebanese from various sects and districts,” Hariri said.
Hariri also accused Nasrallah of distorting facts and “throwing sand” in the eyes of the Lebanese by justifying Hezbollah’s crimes in Syria, defending those behind bombings that targeted Tripoli in August and trying to cover up “the job of [Hezbollah’s] arms in destroying political life.”
Hariri said that Nasrallah was exploiting the deal between world powers and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program in order to launch an unprecedented campaign against all sides in Lebanon and the region that do not share his opinions and oppose the policy of implicating Lebanon in the Syrian conflict.