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Fadlallah: Hezbollah not waiting for consensus

Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah speaks at a news conference at Parliament in downtown Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah said Sunday during an honorary Hezbollah celebration that the party stands firm in its fight against Takfiri groups in Syria, pointing out that Hezbollah’s defense strategy would not be swayed by concerns over negotiations or consensus.

“The resistance is at the forefront of defending its country, people, towns and villages from the threat of Takfiri groups,” he said, adding that the resistance “would not wait for local or defensive strategies nor would [it wait] for agreements or consensus, nor the satisfaction of one bloc or the other, because when we are subject to attack, occupation and killing, no strategies would do.”

Fadlallah expressed his belief that the wave of Takfiri groups taking over Iraq and Syria are a part of common arrangement that also targets Lebanon.

The Hezbollah MP lauded the resistance’s martyrs as well as the Lebanese Army for disrupting the Takfiri project that “if left alone would not have stopped at what it accomplished in Syria, but would have moved to Lebanon, in a bid to occupy it.”

“The Islamic Caliphate project [targeting] Lebanon is not a myth, as some forces from March 14 would [like] to think. Because at the precise moment when they [ISIS] can control and remove borders, then they would declare their state,” said Fadlallah, adding that Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria is what prevented the formation of an Islamic State across the Lebanese-Syrian borders.

“If others have abandoned their responsibility in fighting this wave and preventing Lebanon’s fall, we will not relieve ourselves from this duty,” he added.

Fadlallah also condemned the political stalemate in the country, pointing out that the political deadlock would expose the interests of March 8 and March 14 political blocs to risks.

With respect to the vacancy in the presidential post, the Hezbollah MP pointed out that "one group is negotiating with another and we are waiting for the results, in light of which ministers would head down to Parliament and elect a president who truly represents his constituency and his nation."

Clashes raging between Hezbollah and Nusra Front gunmen along the northeastern border continued throughout the week, as the party’s fighters carried on with efforts to eliminate remaining pockets of Syrian rebels in the area.

Earlier this week, seven Hezbollah fighters and 32 Syrian rebels died in clashes in the area.

The Lebanese Army deployed heavily Saturday along the Lebanese-Syrian border in the northern Bekaa valley region, hours after a report emerged that a major terrorist attack was thwarted.

The attackers were planning a massacre in the villages – the majority of which are Shiite – with the aim of drawing retaliation and plunging the northern Bekaa Valley area into sectarian fighting.

The attackers were also planning to kidnap Lebanese soldiers in a bid to swap them with Islamists held at the Roumieh prison.

Since July 12, Hezbollah fighters, backed by Syrian aerial and ground bombardment targeting rebel hideouts in the mountainous outskirts of Arsal, have engaged in fierce fighting with members of the Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army as part of the resistance party’s attempts to root out rebel groups from border areas with Lebanon.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday outlined a road map to safeguard Lebanon’s stability and protect it from the reverberations of the turmoil in Syria and Iraq, by calling for the election of a new president and the withdrawal of Hezbollah from the war in Syria.

In his blueprint, Hariri called for a comprehensive national plan to confront terrorism in all its forms and designations. He stressed that confronting terrorism is a national responsibility that lies on the shoulders of the state.





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