BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Hussein Musawi accused Tuesday the March 14 coalition of serving Israel’s interests when it vowed to liberate Lebanon from Hezbollah’s arsenal.
“It was national weapons that liberated and restored sovereignty [after Israeli occupation],” Musawi said, according to a statement from Hezbollah responding to “those fishing in troubled waters.”
“Those who declare war to liberate the country from these patriotic [Hezbollah] weapons put themselves and their [political] team in broad daylight in the service of the enemy occupation [Israel]” he said.
On Sunday, Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora vowed that the March 14 coalition would liberate Lebanon from Hezbollah’s “illegitimate arms.”
Siniora’s remarks came as angry mourners laid to rest former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah who was assassinated in a car bomb explosion in Beirut on Dec. 27.
The bombing, which killed at least 8 people and wounded 70 others, heightened sectarian and political tension in a country already reeling under the repercussions of the 33-month war in neighboring Syria.
Shatah was an adviser to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who indirectly blamed Hezbollah for the assassination. The March 14 alliance has also blamed Syria, Hezbollah’s ally in Lebanon, for the killing.
Musawi, according to the statement, also said his party would continue to protect the border against Israeli attacks.
“Regarding remarks by some [politicians] concerning the Lebanese Army, the Army and all the people know and feel our commitment and our determination to support it [Army] in order to be capable of protecting [Lebanon’s] borders and sovereignty, together the Army with the resistance community [Hezbollah],” he said.
On Sunday, President Michel Sleiman announced that Saudi Arabia would grant the Army $3 billion to buy arms from France to help support and boost the military.