Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - July 3, 2012

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Tuesday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.


Syrian, Israeli violations of northern, southern border

Financial settlement in Parliament, split over EDL contract workers

Saudi advises its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, security plan in southern suburbs violated

Device detonated in Zrarieh as reports say Hezbollah uncovered spy network

Parliament overcame its division Monday evening and reached a settlement to the 2012 spending issue. The godfathers of the deal were former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora from the opposition and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Mikati. Head of the National Struggle Front MP Walid Jumblatt also played a pivotal role in negotiations between the two sides.

The financial settlement and the approval of a draft law to convert part-time Electricite Du Liban workers into permanent employees scored a breakthrough on the domestic level as Syrian and Israeli violations of Lebanon’s northern and southern borders took place

The violations prompted questions about the connection ... between the Syrian regime spilling the consequences of its crisis into Lebanon and Israel once again tampering with Lebanese sovereignty and international resolutions as well as fueling tension in south Lebanon.

An-Nahar has learned that the explosions [in Zrarieh] came after Hezbollah’s discovery of a new spying network among its ranks.


Making EDL contract workers permanent threatens today's Parliament session

A “friendly and harmonious” atmosphere prevailed in Parliament Monday in a meeting that brought together the rival parties. The session was not even marred by the government spending [proposal], which lawmakers approved.

The session remained quiet until the issue of making EDL contract workers permanent was raised. Those opposing the proposal, which was approved during Monday evening's meeting, threatened to boycott today's session.

The Free Patriotic Movement contacted its opponents in the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb [Phalange] Party in an effort to make them rally behind it in rejecting the bill.


Assad’s attack in north Lebanon prompts Sleiman’s condemnation

Legislature session approves EDL permanent workers and government spending

Hezbollah deals blow to security plan

Bashar Assad's forces destroyed Lebanon’s sovereignty and national security in the north as their ally Hezbollah hit what was left of government and security prestige in Beirut’s southern suburbs, dealing a painful blow to the monthlong law enforcement initiative.

In south Lebanon, an Israeli aggression was reported: the blowing up of spying devices.

Meanwhile, the legislature endorsed a draft law to make electricity fee collectors and contract workers participate in a closed contest to become full-time employees.

Regarding Hezbollah’s preventing security forces from arresting a party member in the southern suburb of Ruwaiss, official sources told Al-Mustaqbal that Hezbollah “apparently wants security measures applied to young violators without holding party members accountable.”


Kataeb, Lebanese Force, [FPM] hold night meeting [about EDL]

Leaning toward boycotting Parliament’s session in protest [at decision regarding EDL]

The most prominent description that can be given to yesterday’s Parliament session is that the meeting witnessed cross alignments between March 8 and March 14.

While the rival sides reached consensus over the thorny issue of government spending, they clashed on the issue of EDL contract workers.

The Kataeb Party, the Lebanese Forces and the [FPM] objected to the hasty way the draft law was endorsed without considering the Christian parties’ rejection of random employment. They are likely to boycott today's session in protest.

A meeting was held at the end of the parliamentary session late Monday between lawmakers from the Change and Reform bloc and MPs George Adwan [Lebanese Forces] and Sami Gemayel [Kataeb]. Cabinet minister Ali Hasan Khalil joined the meeting, which lasted well into the night.





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