BEIRUT: Future Movement official Ahmad Hariri said moderation was the key to confronting Hezbollah’s practices in Lebanon and the region, which he noted were aimed at inciting sectarian strife and maintaining divisions.
“The only response to Hezbollah's practices in its political and security piracy is by refraining from adopting its own logic,” Hariri said during the party’s annual iftar Wednesday evening. “Instead, we should adopt moderation and not get dragged into the tunnel of strife and chaos, that’s Hezbollah trying to involve everyone in.”
Hariri accused Hezbollah once again of dragging the country into the Syrian conflict by "bringing in suicide bombers and car bombs, violating the Lebanese border and threatening the social fabric of the country."
Anti-Hezbollah sentiments have grown in Lebanon, particularly in the Sunni community that has repeatedly accused security agencies, especially the Lebanese Army, of turning a blind eye to Hezbollah’s behavior while cracking down on Sunnis.
Earlier this week, a Lebanese soldier appeared in a video posted by Nusra Front, saying he defected from the military and that the Army takes orders from Hezbollah and discriminates against the Sunnis of Lebanon.
The Future Movement secretary-general also equated Iran’s policy in the region with that of Israel, saying the two seek divisions, questioning the silence behind Hezbollah and its allies in Tehran over the events in Gaza.
“While we condemn the international silence toward Gaza, we also condemn this shameful silence by those who monopolized the resistance movement and indulged in giving lessons to the Palestinian people about struggle,” he said.
“Do you see them now standing in solidarity with Gaza children while they murder Syrian children?”
“Iran, whose allies boast about its unconditional support to the Palestinians, is silent. What is it saying while it is negotiating the international community on the blood of Syrians, Iraqis and Lebanese.”
“The purpose of the Israeli aggression is to deal a blow to the Palestinian reconciliation and keep them divided. This intersects politically with the Iranian agenda in the Arab region that is fueling sectarian tensions with fighters, arms and money especially in Lebanon.”