BEIRUT: MP Michel Aoun, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), reiterated his backing of Hezbollah, calling it part of the Lebanese entity and saying that no man should stand against his people.
“I cannot but support the resistance,” Aoun told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reporter. The reporter was interviewing him on the occasion of August 14, the sixth anniversary of the end of the July 2006 War between Lebanon and Israel.
“I never regretted my choice to support the resistance. If the July 2006 aggression is repeated, I will have the same attitude and the same enthusiasm, because the resistance is part of our entity, and we cannot accept any attack on our land and our people,” Aoun added.
The FPM leader defended Hezbollah’s notion that Lebanon’s security is best served through the tripartite formula of the Army, the resistance and the people. Aoun added that attempts to do away with this formula aim at subordinating Lebanon to international political equations that would threaten its entity in the future.
Aoun recalled his two meetings in the past with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, and told his ally, “We are always [on the same side], and we will always support you in this difficult process from which we hope you emerge victorious.”
It has been just over six years since Aoun signed an agreement with Nasrallah. Both sides benefited politically from the agreement, but Aoun failed to become president, which is widely believed to have been at the heart of his calculations. Additionally, Hezbollah did little to help him in the 2008 presidential elections.
The 2006 conflict began on July 12, when Hezbollah kidnapped several Israeli soldiers, and lasted until August. In Lebanon, at least 1,200 people, mostly citizens, were killed; in Israel, about 160 people, mostly soldiers, were killed.