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Lebanon's Arabic Press Digest - July 14, 2014

  • Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

Al-Mustaqbal

Geagea: And who arrests those who launch rockets at the Syrians?

“I am with the detention of Hussein Atwe who launched a rocket from the south, however if during interrogation Atwe asked: Why was I arrested for launching one rocket against Israel, while others who have launched thousands were not arrested, are they Lebanese while I am not?

And if he asks them: I launched one rocket against Israel and you detained me, so why haven’t you stopped the wide Lebanese groups fighting in Syria, as Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has confessed, and launching thousands of rockets against the Syrian people? -- What would they answer him?”

Geagea confirmed his support of the detention of Atwe “because no one should allow himself to [unilaterally] take a military or security strategy that concerns the whole Lebanese population," but he asked again: “If Atwe brought to their attention the ministerial statement that confirms “the right of Lebanese citizens to resist,” what would they answer him?"

Al-Akhbar

Southern rockets “supporting Gaza”

Tel Aviv warns Lebanon: We are ready to deal with four frontiers

In the field, a Lebanese Army unit surrounded the location from where the rockets were launched. The searches that were carried out all day yesterday led to the discovery of launching pads and an unexploded bomb.

The rockets were launched a few days ago, as a UNIFL helicopter had begun sweeping the coastline area south of Tyre after receiving information from a Lebanese security force that some groups from the Rashidiyeh camp would possibly launch rockets as a reaction to the offense against Gaza.

According to a security source, the investigations are now centered on discovering how the rockets were transported, deployed and launched, and how the perpetrators escaped.

Meanwhile, an Israeli security source confirmed yesterday to Israeli Channel 10 that the IDF is doing its best to prevent a security escalation in the north, be it with Lebanon or Syria. However, he also stressed that “the eyes of the army are well open, and that it is ready to deal with four frontiers if necessary.”

The war correspondent of Channel 10 reported Israeli security sources saying that the army widely believes that Hezbollah was not behind the rockets, instead “a Sunni organization or a group from the Palestinian camps in Lebanon is responsible.”

However, other security sources for the Haaretz newspaper said that while suspicions point to Palestinian groups, the army is investigating whether they were facilitated by Hezbollah.

As-Safir

Salam: No sessions before pre-agreement

Salam might be feeling that “the magic went against the magician,” when the consensus formula that he had employed as a base to make decisions during the days of vacuum became the reason for disruption and hindrance, by allowing each of the 24 ministers to be an emperor, able to freeze any file or decision that he does not like.

It is clear that Salam’s decision to stop the Cabinet sessions meant that he had reached the peak of “disgust” during the last session that saw a “mutual disruption” between some ministers, in light of the disagreement concerning the Lebanese University. Education Minister Elias Bou Saab responded to Kataeb minister Sejaan Azzi’s objection to some details in the deans’ appointment file by refusing Azzi’s request to appoint janitors at the Labor Ministry on the basis of a “mutual treatment” principle.

Salam told As-Safir that he will not call for any new Cabinet session unless the different components agree to come back to productivity and stop the disruption. He warned that insisting on paralyzing the Cabinet will lead to gradual degradation and eventually to collapse. He also warned that the consequences of disrupting the Cabinet will not merely touch on the related files, it will affect internal security.

An-Nahar

The Parliament and the Cabinet: a mutual disruption or a session on Thursday?

Fundamentalist Groups threaten officials, Asir’s trial starts tomorrow

Sources told An-Nahar that an envoy from the Future Movement, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s chief of staff Nader Hariri, headed to Jeddah to meet former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The group went to discuss the Future Movement's stand toward Thursday’s Parliamentary session with Hariri, amid an internal disagreement over the correct course to take. On the one hand Siniora is refusing to enact the public spending bill, whereas on the other, some party members have become more flexible after the rapprochement of Future with the Amal Movement.

Fundamentalist groups have heightened their threats to Lebanese political and security officials, in light of the situation in Roumieh prison, where strong precautionary measures are in place over fears of a huge terrorist operation taking place inside the prison.

Officials have not discarded the possibility that the warnings over possible terrorist attacks are being made by fundamentalist groups affiliated with Sheikh Ahmad al-Asir, in an attempt to pressure the court -- which begins Tuesday, the trails of tens of militants linked to Asir, who were detained over the incidents in Abra last year.

 
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Summary

"I am with the detention of Hussein Atwe who launched a rocket from the south, however if during interrogation Atwe asked: Why was I arrested for launching one rocket against Israel, while others who have launched thousands were not arrested, are they Lebanese while I am not?

And if he asks them: I launched one rocket against Israel and you detained me, so why haven't you stopped the wide Lebanese groups fighting in Syria, as Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has confessed, and launching thousands of rockets against the Syrian people?

In the field, a Lebanese Army unit surrounded the location from where the rockets were launched.

According to a security source, the investigations are now centered on discovering how the rockets were transported, deployed and launched, and how the perpetrators escaped.

Meanwhile, an Israeli security source confirmed yesterday to Israeli Channel 10 that the IDF is doing its best to prevent a security escalation in the north, be it with Lebanon or Syria.

However, other security sources for the Haaretz newspaper said that while suspicions point to Palestinian groups, the army is investigating whether they were facilitated by Hezbollah.


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