BEIRUT: A Hezbollah official Monday warned the March 14 alliance against wagering on a shift in the balance of power in Lebanon in the event of Western military intervention in Syria.
“We see them [March 14] today wagering on foreign intervention to destroy [Syria], just like when they wagered on foreign aggression during the [July-August 2006] war [with Israel],” Sheikh Nabil Qaouk said, referring to the devastating war between Lebanon and Israel.
“As the stage is sensitive and very dangerous and cannot withstand any losing ventures or wagering, we advice the March 14 alliance ... not to think on wagering that the outcome of foreign intervention against Syria will change internal equations,” he added.
The United States is poised to spearhead a “limited” strike against the government of President Bashar Assad over the alleged use of chemical weapons outside Damascus last week. Syria denies the claims.
Qaouk also said Israel was seeking to corner Hezbollah though foreign intervention in Syria.
“ Israel is banking on the destruction of Syria, through which it seeks to corner, bleed and weaken the resistance.”
“Israel, which knows it cannot underestimate the abilities of the resistance ..., should realize that any upcoming aggression will result only in a great victory for the resistance and a great defeat for Israel,” he said.
“Today it is trying to take advantage of any opportunity with what is occurring in Syria in order to make up for its losses in 2000 and 2006,” he said.
Qaouk said events in Syria only proved his party’s conviction that the United States and Israel were to blame for the crisis in Lebanon’s neighbor.
“The crisis in Syria has revealed the tools of strife that fuels the flames there and the Arab face that wants to destroy Damascus and not Tel Aviv. It also revealed the alliance between the Israelis, Americans and Takfiris [jihadists] in seeking to replicate the Iraqi [scenario] in Syria and spreading it to Lebanon,” he said.
Hezbollah blames foreign-backed jihadists for the conflict in Syria.
The Hezbollah official also urged the March 14 to work toward the formation of a national unity Cabinet.
“The national interest today imposes on March 14 to drop all rhetoric that is provocative, seeks to incite, or that is sectarian and quickly move toward the formation of a national unity government that does not exclude anyone and ensures effective partnership for all parties,” he said.
“By doing so we can protect and build our nation and keep it away from the fire burning around us,” he added.