Lebanon News

Nasrallah slammed for ‘arrogance,' 'intimidation'

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center top, delivers a broadcast speech during a rally commemorating "Liberation Day," which marks the withdrawal of the Israeli army from southern Lebanon in 2000, in the southern border town of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon, Sunday May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Lawmakers from the Future Movement-led March 14 coalition said Monday Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s “arrogance” and “intimidation” were on full display during his latest Liberation Day speech.

“With usual arrogance, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, yesterday, came out to say – using muscle, not the intellectual language or the language of the law – that Hezbollah does not need anyone’s protection, but that they are those who protect [others],” Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said in a statement.

Nasrallah’s insistence, he said, to disrupt Lebanon’s democratic system “and make it clear to everyone that either they bow to reality or they don’t have a chance to lead a normal life! This is the biggest disaster we are going through in Lebanon."

In his Liberation Day speech Sunday, Nasrallah said: “We don’t want a president to protect the resistance. The resistance in Lebanon is the one that protects the state, the people and the sovereignty.”

Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat also slammed Nasrallah.

"What’s new from Hezbollah is that it is not ready for any national, comprehensive vision and [it] has nothing to do with a supreme national interest,” Fatfat told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

Hezbollah’s only concern, he said, is to protect its internal strategy and its external strategy, namely Iran.

“His intimidation speech is clear. He [Nasrallah] wants to impose conditions on all Lebanese. Either they accept or [there will be] no presidential elections,” Fatfat said.





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