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Wednesday November 15, 2006

Special Report         World Defense Review : Reporting War               

 
 
 
Hezbollah's offensive in Lebanon has begun
 
Walid Phares
World Defense Review. Novewmber 13, 2006
HezbollahAccording to sources and contacts as well as statements made in Lebanon over the past few weeks  all analysis indicates that Hezbollah is on the verge of an all out offensive in Lebanon to crumble the "March 14" Seniora Government and to seize strategic control in the country.

Following are few points deserving attention (a more comprehensive analysis will follow later):

1. As predicted since July 12, (and posted on the Counterterrorism Blog), the aim of Hezbollah's summer war with Israel, was to provoke a "strike-back" at the Lebanese Government and reshape the balance of power in Lebanon to the advantage of the Teheran-Damascus axis. Nasrallah and his allies across the sectarian divide aimed at shifting the issue of disarming Hezbollah and militias (according to UNSCR 1559) to crumbling the government, which is supposed to implement this disarming process.

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2. By mid-October, Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies had begun a political counter offensive aiming at "enlarging" the Seniora cabinet, as a way to paralyzing it further from the inside. The political discussions took longer than anticipated by Hezbollah. Hence, a decision was made in Tehran (and subsequently in Damascus ) to move forward.

3. The perceived results of the midterm elections in the U.S. were read as positive by Tehran and its allies, in the sense that it froze vigorous reactions by the U.S. against any Iranian-Syrian move in Lebanon via Hezbollah. The feelings in Tehran and Damascus, have been that if in the next weeks and months a "thrust" takes place in Lebanon to the advantage of the pro-Syrian camp, Washington will be in no position to react or counter. Ahmedinijad and Assad believe (or have been advised to believe) that "lobbies" are moving in Washington and Brussels to restrain any strong deterrence by the U.S. against the "axis." The theory is that the Bush Administration is too busy "negotiating" with the new leadership in Congress to "dare" a mass move in the Middle East. The analysis also predicts that strong lobbies within the Democratic Party are now positioned to block any serious response to a change in geopolitics in Lebanon. It is believed that the window of opportunity won't be too long before the Administration and the upcoming Congress "understands" the Tehran-Damascus maneuver and create a unified response. Thus, the expectation is that Hezbollah and its allies were told to achieve their goals before the end of the year, and before the new Congress begin business on the Hill.

4. Hezbollah has mobilized its forces from all over the country to position them in the capital and eventually use them in moves in Beirut, the central and southern part of Mount Lebanon, where most government institutions are located. Nasrallah can also bring into "battle" the supporters of General Michel Aoun, the Syrian National-Socialists, the Baathists, and the pro-Syrian Sunni militias, the Islamic Fundamentalists paid by Syria, the Palestinian radicals and the security agencies still under the influence of Syria. This "huge" army can – technically – defeat the thin internal security forces of the government. The Lebanese Army is an unknown factor, with Hezbollah supporters in control of the military regions in the south, the Bekaa, southern suburbs and other positions. In short, the "axis army" is ready to engage in battle in Lebanon. The issue is when, how, and with what outcome.

"I am in the Guiness book as I have the whole Lebanese People as hostage now."!

5. The projected scenario is as follows: Hezbollah and Amal movement ministers will resign from the Government calling for the resignation of the Government. The next move is to have Hezbollah, Amal, and their allies in the Parliament also resign, thus creating "conditions" for what they will coin as new elections and a collapse of the cabinet. Most of these moves have already been accomplished or are on the eve of being implemented. The pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud will declare the Government and the Parliament as "illegitimate," and call for early legislative elections. The latter, if they take place will be under the smashing influence of Hezbollah's weapons (a show of force was performed in the summer) and of the cohorts of militias and security agencies. Result: a pro-Syrian-Iranian majority in parliament, followed by the formation of an "axis" government in Lebanon. The rest is easy to predict: A terrorism victory.

The question today is, how to stop this from happening? While it is very late in the process, the United States must respond in a strong bipartisan way, the Security Council should move immediately to chapter 7, and the Cedars Revolution to take the streets again. Short of these developments, the worse is to be feared on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean soon.

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Dr. Phares is a visiting fellow with the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels and a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is Future Jihad, and he was the author of the memo that introduced UNSCR 1559 in 2004.
 
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Thursday November 16, 2006

Latest News

• UN report says Hezbollah supplied arms to Somalia

• Hopes Fade as Hizbullah Signals 'Civil Disobedience'
• Hizbullah Rules Out Return to Roundtable Talks
• Lahoud Urges Formation of National Unity Cabinet
• Berri Says Cabinet Meetings 'Unconstitutional' 

• Lahoud calls approval of tribunal 'invalid'
• US, France 'are acting the same way Syria used to'
• Rizk prods Salameh in Al-Madina case
• Chehayeb: Washington and Paris should butt out
• Hizbullah, Somali Islamists deny UN report 
• Egyptian envoy urges Lebanese leaders to beware
• Halutz denies plans to resign 
• Annan vows to 'speed up' formation of Hariri court

- These full articles in our [ News ] section

Latest Commentary / Analysis

• Lebanon: Hezbollah's Enduring Myth
• MEMRI: Qods (Jerusalem) Day in Iran
• Netanyahu: Iran like 1938 Germany [with video link]
• Our World: The second-worst option
• MEMRITV: Cmdr of Iran's Revolutionary Guards
• Nassrallah : we have nothing to do with current Gov

- These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

Latest Intelligence

• IDF: Hizbullah units are on border
• New war with Hezbollah likely by next summer
• Somali jihadists fought in Hizballah’s war
• IRAN, SYRIA SEEK INTEROPERABILITY

- These full articles in our [ INTEL ] section

Latest Briefs from Whitehouse / State / UN

• UN Daily Press Briefing

- These full articles in our US GOVT Docs ] section

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Wednesday November 15, 2006

Latest News

• U.N. praises Lebanon approval of Hariri tribunal
• Lebanon Prime Minister rejects "tyranny of minority"

• Prospects of Breakthrough Thin  
• Khamenei Tells Berri U.S., Israel Will be Defeated
• U.N. Report: Hizbullah Training Somalia's Islamic Forces
• U.N. Deals Blow to Lahoud
• Poll: U.S. 'Big Loser' after Isarel's War 
• Lahoud: Cabinet's Approval of Hariri Court Void

• Siniora vows to keep Cabinet afloat despite Hizbullah
• Annan vows to 'speed up' formation of Hariri court
• Israeli Foreign Ministry calls for curb on overfights
• Probe of Israeli 'war crimes' moves at snail's pace
• Fatfat tells Arabs 'Security' opens door to development
• Qabbani insists Cabinet's adopt tribunal was 'legitimate'

- These full articles in our [ News ] section

Latest Commentary / Analysis

• Lebanon: Hezbollah's Enduring Myth
• MEMRI: Qods (Jerusalem) Day in Iran
• Netanyahu: Iran like 1938 Germany [with video link]
• Our World: The second-worst option
• MEMRITV: Cmdr of Iran's Revolutionary Guards
• Nassrallah : we have nothing to do with current Gov

- These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

Latest Intelligence

• Unexplained plutonium uranium traces found in an Iranian
• Rice denies a connection - Israel-Palestinian and Iraq
• Israeli woman killed as eight Qassams hit Sderot
• Iran’s “nuclear success celebration”
• Tehran further raises tensions with Washington

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Latest Briefs from Whitehouse / State / UN

• State Department Daily Press Briefing
• UN Daily Press Briefing

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A Lebanese employee sits outside his shop waiting for customers in downtown Beirut, August 2006. Inflation in Lebanon is forecast to rise sharply to seven percent by the end of 2006 due to Israel's devastating summer offensive, the central bank governor has said.(AFP/File/Marwan Naamani)

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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in Semnan, some 220 kms east of Tehran, on November 8. Khamenei has said the United States and Israel would be defeated in Lebanon, in talks with Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, the media reported.(AFP/FARS News/File)

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US President George W. Bush addresses the press after his Oval Office meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 13 November 2006. Bush spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories as well as conditions in Lebanon and Sudan, the White House said.(AFP/File/Tim Sloan)

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Tuesday November 14, 2006

Latest News

• Hezbollah Chief Says Lebanon Government "Will Go"

• Nasrallah Boycotts , 'Clean Government' to be Restored
• U.S. to Syria: Respect Beirut's Decision on Hariri Court
• Israeli Foreign Ministry Criticizes Overflights
• Israeli Army Resumes Guerrilla Training After War
• Qaida Threatens to Topple Saniora's Gov in Statement
• Iran Rejects Hariri's Accusations Over Int Tribunal
• Government Approves Hariri Tribunal Despite Resignation
• Alliot-Marie: French Protest Stopped Mock Air Attacks

• Cabinet shrugs off crisis, approves draft on Hariri tribunal
• Sfeir reprimands Christian politicians
• Iran denies trying to block formation of court
• Hizbullah: 'There will be demonstrations'
• Israelis stop buzzing French troops in South
• Non-profit group offers free de-mining machine
• Shiite council calls failure of consultations 'national loss'
• Does the UN need Lebanon's consent for Hariri court?

• Blair - we must work with 'Axis of Evil' states
• Ahmadinejad: Israel’s destruction near

- These full articles in our [ News ] section

Latest Commentary / Analysis

• Lebanon's Factions Edge Toward Renewed Hostilities
• Does the UN need Lebanon's consent for Hariri court?

- These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

Latest Intelligence

• Nasrallah: Siniora government will soon be ousted
• Self-styled Al Qaeda Lebanon threatens to destroy Gov
• Bush: Iran must first give up uranium enrichment
• Very recent Iranian-North Korean nuclear collusion revealed
• Al Qaeda is seeking technology for nuclear device 

- These full articles in our [ INTEL ] section

Latest Briefs from Whitehouse / State / UN

• President Bush Prime Minister Olmert to the White House
• Whitehouse Press Briefing by Tony Snow
• State Department Daily Press Briefing
• UN Daily Press Briefing

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora spoke during an interview with Reuters in his office at the Grand Sray in Beirut November 14, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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Monday November 13, 2006

Walid Phares on Robert Rabil's new book  

Syria, the United States, And the War on Terror in the Middle East

Praeger Security International General Interest, March 2006. From the publishers introduction of Dr Robert Rabil's book
 

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Recent events have put the spotlight on Syria's policies and actions. After the assassination of a Lebanese politician, protests in Lebanon led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. While the withdrawal averted an immediate threat of bloodshed, the Bush administration accused Syria of being a source of instability in the Middle East, with Secretary of State Rice charging that Syria was still active in Lebanon and was supporting foreign terrorists fueling the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S.-Syrian relationship is of critical importance to the United States' efforts to promote democracy throughout the Middle East. At the same time, the United States has been pressuring Syria to clamp down on terrorism within its own borders. Rabil provides a history of the modern U.S.-Syrian relationship, putting the latest events in the context of this contemporary history, and placing the relationship in the context of Middle Eastern politics.
 
Professor Walid Phares wrote the following introduction
 
This full analysis [ HERE
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Monday November 13, 2006

March 14 points finger at Tehran, Damascus
Hariri says resignation of 5 shiite ministers 'was not a coincidence'

 BEIRUT: The March 14 Forces accused Damascus and Tehran on Sunday of planning to topple the legitimate authorities in Lebanon and re-establish Syrian hegemony over the country.

In response to the resignations of the five Shiite ministers from Premier Fouad Siniora's government, the coalition met late Sunday at the Qoreitem home of the parliamentary majority leader, MP Saad Hariri, to form a unified stance. Afterward, Hariri read out a statement in which he accused Syria and Iran of being behind the resignations and plotting to foil the international tribunal to try those accused of killing his father, former Premier Rafik Hariri...more [ News ] section

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MP Wael Abu-Fa'ur in political symposium in Bisor - Aley

MP Wael Abu-Fa'ur in political symposium in Bisor - Aley : one does not fear, and would not restore the Syrian regime which planted nails in this country, the International Tribunal for immunity only to protect Lebanon from the Syrian regime, any move against the Lebanese government we will move to the Baabda Palace, exit from the government means protecting al-Assad and his regime from the International Tribunal, Let them go to the dialogue and to the government of National Unity We Await them.

Latest News

• March 14 points finger at Tehran, Damascus
• Sfeir accuses opposition of rejecting international support
• Lebanon's crisis deepens as another minister quits 
• As Hezbollah seeks power, Lebanon is feeling edgy
• Lebanon crisis reignites wider 'cold war'
• Lebanon in tug of war between US, Syria and Iran
• Anti-Syrian majority accuses Syria, Iran of obstructing tribunal 
• Syria still meddling in Lebanon affairs, says opposition group 
• Hariri tribunal behind Shiite ministers' resignation
• Hezbollah to stage protests after unity talks fail - update
• Lahoud says Lebanon cabinet 'lost legitimacy'
• Cabinet to Convene Monday despite Resignation of Ministers
• Environment Minister Becomes 6th Cabinet Member to Quit 
• March 14 Accuses Syria, Iran of Plotting to Block Hariri Court 
• Lahoud: Saniora's Government Lost Legitimacy 
• Two French Peacekeepers Injured in Bulldozer Accident
• Crippled Cabinet will still discuss Hariri court
• Israeli general in charge of troops at border resigns
• National humiliation
• Sayyed's lawyers accuse UN team of falsifying evidence in probe
• UN envoy delivers 'final draft' on court to try Hariri assassins
• Israel and America 'explore alternatives to overflights'
• March 14, Hizbullah strike unyielding poses 
• Finns accept Israeli explanation 
• UN seeks end to 'very dangerous' overflights

- These full articles in our [ News ] section

Latest Commentary / Analysis

• Elias Bejjani: Gen Michel Aoun: Fading Halos & Falling Masks
• Blair will urge US to talk to Syria and Iran
• Lebanese Cabinet Thrown Into Crisis By Hezbollah Exit
• Lebanon: Ongoing show of sad politics 
• Michael Hirst: Lebanon in crisis Hizbollah demands more power
• Clancy Chassay: Lebanon crisis as Hezbollah quits government 
• Political shifts in Lebanon: Nasrallah, the street and Iran
• Farid Ghadry: Israelis deserve better

- These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

 
'Al-Qaeda Lebanon' group says it will will destroy the government
By DPA
Nov 12, 2006, 19:00 GMT
 
Beirut - A group identifying itself as 'Al-Qaeda Lebanon' issued a statement Sunday threatening 'to destroy the corrupt cabinet that takes orders from the US administration.'
The typewritten statement by the previously unknown group was sent to the Christian Voice of Lebanon radio station
'We have reached Lebanon and we will work on destroying this government and all the other agents. Let them know that we are after them, with God's will,' the statement said.
The statement came with the country in political crisis following the resignation of the five Shiite ministers.
All belong to the pro-Syrian Amal and Shiite Hezbollah groups. The government is headed Fouad Seniora, a member of the anti-Syrian majority in the country.

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Very recent Iranian-North Korean nuclear collusion revealed
November 13, 2006,
A disturbing piece of US intelligence was due to be laid before the US president George W. Bush’s strategy review conference with the Iraq Study Group and talks with the visiting Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert in Washington. It is bound to color the two events which both take place Monday, Nov. 13. Twelve days before North Korea’s first nuclear test on Oct.10, a secret Iranian military delegation of nuclear and missile experts was present in Pyongyang. The visitors were taken round North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor and the Punggye-ri testing site in the far north amid the preparations for the coming North Korean test.
This visit was first disclosed on Nov.10 by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 277.
 
Some US officials received the impression that the Iranians were briefed on some of North Korea’s secret preparations for the test. If true, this would point to three developments in North Korean-Iranian relations:
 
First, China was in on the Iranian visit, but ignored it, preferring Pyongyang to carry the can as Iran’s nuclear partner rather than Beijing.
 
Second, China must also have known about the coming North Korean nuclear weapons test and only pretended to have been taken unawares by Pyongyang’s ten-minute advance notice.
 
Third, North Korea not only agreed to open its most secret nuclear installations to Iranian scrutiny, but is also willing to instruct Iranian scientists and technicians in Pyongyang or on their home ground on how to set up and execute a nuclear weapons test.
 
DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s Tehran sources add: Iran’s overweening self-confidence in its ability to carry through its nuclear aspirations in the teeth of international rancor hinges heavily on its certainty of Sino-North Korean assistance.
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Qabalan urges siniora to meet ministers who quit

By Maroun Khoury and Maher Zeineddine
Daily Star correspondent
Monday, November 13, 2006

BEIRUT: The head of the Maronite Church said Sunday that certain parties "are rejecting" the international community's support for Lebanon. In his Sunday sermon, Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir indirectly criticized the resignations of five Shiite ministers on Saturday, saying some Lebanese were acting like "they want to reject international help."

"Civil society is afflicted by disorder, which we fear will expand," Sfeir said. "We fear that those who are seeking to help us will know that we cannot manage our own affairs and we are in constant need of someone to control us."

These full articles in our [ News ] section 

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unday November 12, 2006

Latest News

- Hezbollah’s missiles back in Lebanon, The Sunday Times
- Hezbollah to Stage Protests After Unity Talks Fail
- Hezbollah: Quitting cabinet a warning to ruling majority
- Hezbollah Ministers Quit Lebanese Government
- Lebanon thrown into crisis as Shiites vacate cabinet
- Lebanon PM rejects Hezbollah resignations
- Lebanese Prime Minister Rejects Resignation of Ministers
- U.N. Delivers Plan for Court in Hariri Case to Lebanon

- Lebanon Sinks Deeper into Political and Sectarian Turmoil
- Sallukh Scraps Plan to Attend Cairo Meeting
- Rice: Syrian Territory Used for Accel Arming of Hizbullah
- Olmert 'Many Mistakes' 'Israel Stopped Hizbullah Threats'
- Shiite Schools Teach 'Resistance' to Children
- War's Deadly Legacy Continues to Kill
- U.N. Draft on Tribunal to Hold 'Superintendent' Responsible 
- Pellegrini Calls on Israel to End Mock Raids
- Leaders Fail to Reach Agreement, No Date Set

These full articles in our [ News ] section

Latest Commentary / Analysis

- Regional Impact of the July 2006 War on Lebanon
- Prospect of renewed chaos looms over Lebanon
- Olmert Interview, Newsweek
- A CONVERSATION WITH EHUD OLMERT, WashPost
- Olmert: Ahmadinejad must be stopped
- Islamists infiltrate four universities
- Fluid Mideast, What Now for the U.S.? Baker/Ham/Gates?
- Judge: Arrest Ex-President Of Iran
- Diplomats Say Russia Is Trying To Delay Decision Tribunal
- Lebanon needs the International Tribunal

These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

Latest Special Report

- Iran offers to arm enemies of Israel with rocket arsenal
- Israel expects war as Hezbollah rebuilds missile arsenal
- White House calls Iran, Hezb a 'global nexus of terrorism'
- Rice: Syria a dangerous state, behaving in a dangerous way
- Iran TV broadcasts 'US ship spy plane footage'
- (Hamas) Terror groups call for attacks against US interests

These full articles in our [ Special Reports ] section

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora(2ndL) speaks with anti-Syrian Lebanese leaders Saad Hariri(2ndR), Walid Jumbaltt(R) and Samir Geagea(L) during Lebanese leaders meeting in Beirut. A UN probe into the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri lies at the heart of the resignations of five Shiite ministers from the Lebanese government.(AFP/HO/Hassan Ibrahim)

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Lebanese anti-Syrian leader Samir Geagea(L) speaks to journalists at the end of Lebanese leaders meeting in Beirut. A UN probe into the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri lies at the heart of the resignations of five Shiite ministers from the Lebanese government.(AFP/HO/Haitham Mussawi)

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora(C-standing) speaks with Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri(2ndL) during Lebanese leaders meeting in Beirut. A UN probe into the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri lies at the heart of the resignations of five Shiite ministers from the Lebanese government.(AFP/HO/Hassan Ibrahim)

Surrounded by the media, Lebanese lawmaker Saad Hariri, son of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, seen in pictures, lays a copy of the draft document setting up an international tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of his father, at his grave in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, following the political leaders' meeting. Rival Lebanese politicians failed to reach agreement Saturday on a Hezbollah demand to form a national unity government, raising fears of a showdown in the streets only two days ahead of an ultimatum set by the militant group to reach a deal or face massive protests that could bring down the government. (AP Photo/Ali Sultan)

Armed Militias in Lebanon also include Fatah: Militia from the Palestinian guerrilla Fatah faction march during a rally to mark the second anniversary of Arafat's death at the Ein-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. Arafat died in a French hospital on Nov. 11, 2004, after a two-week illness. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told an Israeli newspaper that the United States believes Syria is a dangerous state whose territory is being used for the accelerated arming of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.(AFP/Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

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Young Lebanese students - in Hezbollah Neighborhoods - listen to a teacher giving them a computer lesson at al-Mujtaba school in Beirut's southern suburb. As early as the age of four, students across the suburbs are taught about the "heroic resistance" of the militant group Hezbollah against Israel's summer war which left large parts of the area in complete devastation.(AFP/Marwan Naamani)

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Saturday November 11, 2006

Breaking News

Siniora’s Lebanese government breaks up, faces street disturbances after national unity talks collapse Saturday

November 11, 2006, 10:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

Five pro-Syrian Hizballah and Amal ministers walked out of Fouad Siniora’s government coalition Saturday, Nov. 11. Another two ministers, supporters of the pro-Syrian president Emil Lahoud, are on their way out, taking with them the government’s parliamentary majority. The two Shiite factions and the pro-Syrian Maronite leader Michel Aoun say their followers will take to the streets as of Sunday for demonstrations in Beirut and other Lebanese towns. It would only take a few shots, says Middle East sources, to spark clashes between Syria’s adherents and opponents in Lebanon.

The crisis erupted when Siniora proposed convening the cabinet Monday, Nov. 13, to approve a bill for a special court to try suspects in the Feb. 2005 Hariri assassination. He intended to propose a panel of 5 Lebanese and 3 international judges to be appointed by the UN Secretary General.

But the plan was generally expected in Beirut to run foul of Syrian President Bashar Asad’s resistance to seeing his close relatives in the dock. In line are his young brother Gen. Maher Asad, his brother-in-law and chief of military intelligence Gen. Asaf Shawqat and other high officers. Syria instructed its supporters in Lebanon to topple the government if necessary to block legislation for this tribunal.

The failure of the unity talks in Lebanon is seen as the first sign of fallout in the Middle East after the Bush administration’s election defeat this week over its unpopular Iraqi policy. Iran, Syria and the radical Hamas leaders in Damascus are moving fast to take advantage of the Bush administration’s policy setback to sow unrest in Beirut and instability in the Middle East to raise the ante for their cooperation on Iraq. Next, they are expected to stall Western efforts to bring the warring Palestinian factions into a unity government.

 

Hizbullah, Amal Cabinet Ministers Resign as Talks Collapse

Five Shiite ministers resigned from Premier Fouad Saniora's government Saturday, citing the collapsed negotiations to give Hizbullah and its allies more power in the Lebanese cabinet.

The resignation of the pro-Syrian Hizbullah and Amal ministers came after the country's top rival leaders failed to reach agreement on the formation of a national unity government.

"We have resigned because the majority insists on exercising power on its own," the head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc Mohammed Raad said, referring to the anti-Syrian majority that has baulked at forming a unity government without first having guarantees that pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud will step down.

"We don't want ministers who blindly follow the majority," Raad said. "This is about giving a warning to the majority."

Hizbullah and Gen. Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement have been repeatedly calling for the formation of a national unity cabinet. The Shiite group has also threatened street protests that could bring down the government if its share in cabinet portfolios is not increased.

In a sign of worsening tensions, Aoun said the roundtable talks in parliament had failed to produce an agreement.

"The session was adjourned without assigning a new date for another round of talks," Aoun told reporters in a terse statement.

"We failed to reach an agreement or understanding and consequently we left (the talks)," said legislator Butros Harb.

Other politicians tried to downplay the breakup of the talks. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea acknowledged the dialogue had failed to reach any agreement but suggested the talks would resume at a later stage.

"We want to continue consultations until the last minute," he said, adding that the meeting was stopped partly because Speaker Nabih Berri was scheduled to leave for Iran.

Saturday's session was the fourth this week aimed at solving differences between Lebanon's bickering politicians.

The resignations also came after PM Saniora called for a cabinet meeting Monday to endorse the U.N. draft text of the international tribunal to try former PM Rafik Hariri's killers.

President Lahoud opposed the meeting, saying he needed more time to study the draft.

Lebanon on Friday received a draft document setting up an international court to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of Hariri.

Hizbullah has two portfolios in the 24-minister cabinet which is dominated by anti-Syrian politicians. Berri's Amal movement has also two ministers, while the fifth minister to quit, also Shiite, is close to Hizbullah.

Their withdrawal does not immediately dissolve the government but it makes it more difficult for Saniora to govern.

 

In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Office, Lebanese political leaders sit around a table ahead of their meeting at the Parliament House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006. Rival Lebanese politicians failed to reach agreement Saturday when they returned to the negotiating table Saturday, a day after the government received a draft document setting up an international tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (AP Photo/Parliament Office, Hassan Ibrahim)

 
Lebanese Christian Maronite leader Samir Geagea speaks to reporters after a rival political leaders' meeting at parliament in Beirut November 11, 2006. Talks to defuse Lebanon's simmering political crisis collapsed on Saturday after anti-Syrian leaders rejected demands from Hezbollah and its allies for a decisive say in government. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

 

Today's Quote

1218 GMT -- ISRAEL -- Israel's deputy defence minister: "I am not advocating an Israeli pre-emptive military action against Iran and I am aware of its possible repercussions," Ephraim Sneh, a former general, said. "I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort."

Latest News

Consultations day 4 - Collapse

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BEIRUT: Talks to defuse Lebanon's simmering political crisis collapsed on Saturday after anti-Syrian leaders rejected demands from Hezbollah and its allies for a decisive say in government

The meeting was stopped partly because Berri was scheduled to leave for Iran

LBCI said Hizbullah representatives to the talks, however, assured the Lebanese that the group will not resort to street protests Monday as promised by its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

LBC was quoted as saying the talks were "very strained, particularly over the issue of the international tribunal."

"We did not reach a result today and the session was ended without setting a date for a new session," Christian opposition leader Michel Aoun

"We failed to reach an agreement or understanding and consequently we left (the talks)," said legislator Butros Harb.

"We want to continue consultations until the last minute," Samir Geagea said.

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Second Cedars Revolution In the Works.

A clip from the past - This Video - Walid Jumblatt Feb. 19, 2005 Calling for the Masses in the 1st Cedars Rev

March 14 Movment NOT BACKING DOWN - NO MORE GOING BACK TO APPEASING IRAN/SYRIAN WISHES - Working for the Lebanese Cause.

March 14th movement will not give in to serving Syrian or Iranian demands prior to a fair trial for the 5 time Prime Minister of Lebanon the assassinated and late, Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

Although Hezbollah and Aoun are trying to sway the March 14th movement, the March 14th movement stands strong.

Please see the Video and remember - March 14 doesn't forget what the past brought us - we look forward to the Free, democratic and independant Lebanon.

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The Baker-Hamilton Bipartisan Iraq Study Panel reports to President Bush Monday

November 11, 2006, 2:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

Their White House conference signals the post-election review of US strategy in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. It will be broadly attended by the top Bush policy-makers. Among them, according to White House spokesman Tony Snow, Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Stephen Hadley, secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, resigned defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and CIA Director Gen. Mike Hayden, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace. Incoming defense secretary Robert Gates will attend as a member of the bipartisan committee. His seat will pass to Lawrence Eagleburger, secretary of state under the first President Bush.

General Pace said earlier that the change in Pentagon leadership itself would not have a direct impact on the next moves in Iraq. “We continuously review what’s going right, what’s going wrong and what needs to change.”

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Exclusive Video of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with LBC's May Chidiac - Firm Support for Lebanon. 

 

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Video SPECIAL MUFTI MOUNT LEBANON JouZoo On Current Situation in Lebanon!

 The Mount Lebanon Mufti, Moammad Ali el Jouzoo in this special video - MUST SEE!

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Friday November 10, 2006

Today's Quote

1218 GMT -- IRAN -- The defeat of U.S. President George W. Bush's Republican Party in midterm elections is a "landmark victory" for Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Nov. 10.

Latest News

Consultations day 3 - No Headway

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BEIRUT: No headway was made on the formation of a unity government during national talks on Thursday, with parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri saying that the only positive outcome so far was that politicians have slowly "begun to trust each other." The consultations were to resume on Saturday. MP Atef Majdalani, who left the session an hour after it began, said the atmosphere in the talks was "worse than that of Tuesday's, unless Speaker Berri manages to break the ice."

March 14 Forces warn insistence on formation of 'blocking minority' within Cabinet will end talksMarch 14 Forces warn insistence on formation of 'blocking minority' within Cabinet will end talks

BEIRUT: The March 14 Forces came out strongly on Thursday against the formation of a one-third opposition bloc within the Cabinet, saying further demands for such a "blocking minority" or demonstrations would bring ongoing national talks to a close. However, while refusing to dismiss any Cabinet members to make room for representatives of Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader MP Michel Aoun, the anti-Syrian camp said reaching an agreement on an expanded government was still possible.

- U.N. hands Lebanon draft on Hariri murder tribunal

- Consultations day 3 'No Progress'
- Tueni Proposes Parliamentary Petition for Lahoud's Resignation
- Indonesians Join UNIFIL as Pellegrini Warns of Growing Tensions
- Ghazi Kanaan's Brother Commits Suicide 
- Syrian Arrested After Robbing Bank in the South
- UNDP: Lebanon's Living Standards Improved
- Lebanon, U.S. Sign Agreements on Military Equipment
- Israeli Overflights Continue Despite Repeated Calls for their End

- 12 Israeli jets violate Lebanese airspace as Paris seethes
- Cabinet puts off decision on Palestinian Embassy 
- Lebanon edges up on UN's Human Development Index
- March 14 Forces warn insistence on formation will end talks
- Army signs deal for $10.5 million in equipment from US
- Lebanese says Prophet cartoons led to bomb plot
- Summer war exposed sectarian fault lines
- Enduring gratitude: Armenian diaspora mobilizes
- Witnesses say Israel still has troops in and around Ghajar

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Special Reports - NEW SECTION

- Shiites Against Hezbollah
- SYRIA: FORMER INTELLIGENCE CHIEF'S BROTHER DEAD
- Vladimir Putin Invited to Iran
- Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki's postponed visit to Russia
- Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter Nov. 8 to Kofi Annan
- Israel preparing offensive in Lebanon if U.N. Resolution 1701 fails
- Iran: missile launch calls for U.S. to stop drills in Persian Gulf
- Israel urges action after Iran missile test
- Iran missile systems shared with friends
- Russia Defends Supply Of Missiles To Iran
- Lebanon’s May Chidiac: Still a Target?
- Shiites increasingly critical of Hezbollah

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Latest Intelligence

USS Boxer Strike Group, entered the Persian Gulf Thursday, Nov. 9, the largest US landing force to reach this water in a decade November 10, 2006

The Boxer Group has just come from joint maneuvers with the Indian navy in the Arabian Sea opposite the coast of Goa, including large-scale landing practices. The group’s commander, Capt. David Angood said that if “anything important happens in the real-world environment, the task force will deal with it in the most efficient manner.”

- USS Boxer Strike Group, entered the Persian Gulf
- U.S. NAVY GULF ENTRY
- Iran has reported the formation of an army of suicide fighters
- Iran buying 'whole villages' of converts in Syria
- Lebanon to install thousands cameras in Hizbullah neighborhoods
- Saudi rulers locked in power struggle over response to Iran threat
- In First, Hamas Calls For Strikes On U.S. Targets
- AL QAIDA SEEKS TO SMUGGLE ATGMs INTO SAUDI
- Israel must prepare to thwart Iran
- Advance batch of 125 Indonesian troops lands in Beirut

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Latest on the Cedars Blog

- Radio Iraq: "Americans voted on Iraq without hearing Iraqi voices"
- Phares Wall Street Journal: "Secretary Rice should convene a Lebanese NGO conference to revive the Cedars Revolution"

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A crowd of people packs Martyrs Square to mark the first anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in Beirut February 14, 2006. Lebanon received from the United Nations on Friday a draft document outlining the framework of a tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of Hariri, Lebanese officials said. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

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Lebanese Minister of Defence Elias Murr(2ndL) signs an agreement with US Assistant Secretary of Defence Peter Rodman(2ndR) during a meeting attended by US ambassador Jeffrey Feltman(R) in Beirut. The United States gave 10.5 million dollars of equipment to the Lebanese army in a show of support following this summer's war with Israel.(AFP/HO)

In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Office, Lebanese political leaders sit around a table ahead of their meeting at the Parliament House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006. Rival Lebanese politicians failed to bridge differences in all-party talks Thursday, but agreed to hold further discussions in efforts to try to pull the country away from a showdown between the major factions. (AP Photo/Parliament Office, Hassan Ibrahim)

 

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Rodman (L) and Lebanon's Defense Minister Elias el-Murr talk to reporters after signing an agreement, providing $10.5 million worth of military assistance from the U.S. to the Lebanese armed forces, at the Ministry of Defense in Yarze, east of Beirut, November 9, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

Lebanon's Defense Minister Elias el-Murr (L) and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Rodman sign an agreement, providing $10.5 million worth of military assistance from the U.S. to the Lebanese armed forces, at the Ministry of Defense in Yarze, east of Beirut, November 9, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

Indonesian U.N. peacekeepers leave a U.S. Air Force plane upon their arrival at Beirut international airport, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 10, 2006. A first batch of Indonesian troops, including the son of the country's president, arrived Friday in Lebanon to join a U.N. peacekeeping force monitoring the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, airport authorities said. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)

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Thursday November 9, 2006

Latest News

U.S. Official: Government Should Exert Sovereignty Over All Lebanese Territory
A top U.S. defense official said Wednesday that Premier Fouad Saniora's government should exert sovereignty over all Lebanese territory to avert another war.

The July-August war between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hizbullah "helped to clarify the picture," U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter Rodman told reporters in Amman.

"In order to prevent another crisis from happening, the Lebanese government, the Lebanese army, have to exert its sovereign control over the whole country, including the south," Rodman said on the eve of his visit to Beirut.

"Our defense department is going to do its share in helping the Lebanese armed forces to take control over the whole country," he added. .....

- Lebanese leaders resume crisis talks on government
- U.S.: Gov Should Exert Sovereignty Over All Lebanese Territory
- Syria attacks UN report of arms traffic to Lebanon
- Murr Proposes 26-Member Cabinet to Salvage Lebanon
- France Summons Israeli Ambassador Over Warplane Incident
- French Troops 'Seconds' Away from Firing at Israeli Fighter Jets
- Lebanese Troops Deploy Around Ghajar
- Nasrallah Calls for Arming of Palestinians After Gaza "Massacre"
- Murr touts impending deal on unity Cabinet
- Witnesses say Israel still has troops in and around Ghajar
- Indonesians on their way - or are they?
- Jumblatt: Dumping Rizk will hurt Hariri tribunal
- UNIFIL investigates reports of thefts by Italian troops
- Upgrade of Palestinian bureau to embassy?
- Activists meet to discuss drug abuse
- Post-conflict Lebanon: the landscape beyond Hizbullah

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- Post Conflict - The Political Landscape Beyond Hezbollah
- War on Iran: Unleashing Armageddon In The Middle East

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French United Nations peacekeepers in the southern city of Tyre, August 2006. French United Nations troops were "two seconds" away recently from firing at Israeli aircraft diving towards their position in southern Lebanon, Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said in parliament.(AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri)

A Lebanese shepherd leads his flock to a lake in the southern village of Adaisseh, Lebanon, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2006, near the divided border village of Ghajar, background. The Israeli military said late Tuesday it had transferred responsibility of the areas north of Ghajar as part of the agreements with UNIFIL but emphasized that Ghajar was still under Israeli control. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Israeli soldiers patrol the street in the occupied Lebanese part of Ghajar village in south Lebanon November 8, 2006. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher (LEBANON)

Lebanese singer Elissa attends designer Georges Hobeika's Spring/Summer 2007 collection show during 'Lux Fashion World' show in Beirut November 8, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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Quote of the Day! Hariri in a Sunday interview with LBC wondered what exactly they wanted to block, given that 99% of all past cabinet decisions were arrived at through consensus between all parties. The only exception was the Hariri tribunal.  

Second Day of consultations Concluded - tensions rose. Next Meeting set for this Thursday.

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Last week, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah caused a stir when he announced that his group wanted the cabinet to be reshuffled so as to give Hizbullah and its allies a third of the ministerial positions -- effectively veto-power.

Under tight security measures, roundtable talks began at 11:00 a.m. at parliament building after Monday's meeting served to "break the ice" by allowing participants to air their demands.

An Nahar daily headlined Tuesday: "Proceedings of the first round of consultations … Warnings of Failure and Street (protests); Strong disagreement between the two camps."

Walid Jumblatt a strong opponent of the demands of the oppostion.

These demands are seen as serving Syria's goal of having Veto Power in Lebanon - which can be used to derail the International Tribunal of the Late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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Latest News

- Lebanon Leaders to Work out Formula to Avert Showdown
- Talks Adjourned for Thursday, Berri Not for Toppling Saniora
- Indonesian UNIFIL Troops Depart for Lebanon
- Israel Begins Pullout from Around Ghajar
- Brammertz Holds Talks with Annan
- U.N.: No Evidence of Uranium-based Munitions Used in Lebanon
- Norway Asks Syria Not to Meddle in Lebanon
 
- Lebanese leaders get down to details, discuss possible reshuffle
- Prominent Lebanese politicians to go globe-trotting
- Israeli troops leave areas near Ghajar
- UN confirms Israel's use of white phosphorous shells in South
- Annan calls for freeze on use of cluster bombs
- Fatfat: Court has to order demolitions
- Norway warns outsiders to leave Lebanon alone

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Latest Intelligence

- Syrian FM Walid Mualem threatens to start “countdown to war”

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- Will Bush Lose Lebanon, Too!
- Shiites against Hezbollah
- Lebanon II: The Wider Picture
- A change of direction on Assad
- How Iran became Syria's master
- Hezbollah power grab moving to topple Lebanon govt
- Assassination of Rafik Hariri: Lebanon's Shakespearean tragedy

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) meets with Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store during their meeting in Beirut November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Dalati Nohra (LEBANON)

 

In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Office, Christian opposition leader and lawmaker Gen. Michel Aoun, left, shakes hands with Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, ahead of the political leaders' meeting, at the Parliament House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Lebanon's rival political parties on Tuesday worked to develop a formula to break a political impasse that threatens to throw the country into another bout of violence, Lebanon's parliament speaker said. The leaders have been meeting for the past two days in a bid to avert a showdown on the streets over the demand by Hezbollah for an expansion of the Cabinet that would give the militant group veto power. (AP Photo/ Parliament Office, Hassan Ibrahim)
 

Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh (R) shakes hands with his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store (L) during their meeting in Beirut November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Dalati Nohra (LEBANON)

In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Office, Lebanese lawmaker Saad Hariri, left, head of Lebanon's parliamentary majority, shakes hands with Mohammed Raad, representative of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, as Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri looks on ahead of the political leaders' meeting, at the Parliament House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Lebanon's political leaders resumed round-table talks Tuesday in a bid to avert a showdown on the streets over the demand by the Hezbollah militant group for an effective veto in the coalition government. (AP Photo/Parliament Office, Hassan Ibrahim)

A member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) holds an automatic rifle as members of the Palestine Liberation Front carry a poster showing former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during a sit-in in the Ein-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Members of the DFLP and other Palestinian factions burned flags in Sidon as they protested Tuesday the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip while members of the PLF carried posters of Saddam Hussein condemning the death penalty verdict. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Palestinian schoolchildren wave flags during a protest at Bourj al-Barajneh camp in Beirut against last week's Israeli offensive on Gaza Strip November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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Tuesday November 7, 2006

Latest News

- Lebanon leaders hold talks, decide to pursue discussions
- Lebanese Leaders Resume Roundtable Talks on Core Problems
- Lebanon rivals break ice, halt media campaigns
- U.N. Urges Immediate Freeze on Use of Cluster Bombs
- Saniora Denies Reports of Plans to Meet with Olmert
- German Navy Equipped Against Suicide Attacks in Lebanon 
- Norwegian FM in Lebanon to Support Peacekeepers
- Report: Lebanon Witnesses Improvement in Corruption Levels 
- 'Ice Breaking' National Dialogue Adjourned for Tuesday

- Lebanese politicians kick off 'ice-breaking' talks
- Jewish state claims Hizbullah, Syria planning new war
- Iraq scores next to last on index of transparency
- Fatfat: Unity Cabinet hinges on Hariri court
- 70 FPM members attend strategy meeting in Zahle
- Norwegian envoy condemns 'any' breaches of 1701

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Latest Intelligence

- Syrian FM Walid Mualem threatens to start “countdown to war”

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- Will Bush Lose Lebanon, Too!
- Shiites against Hezbollah
- Assassination of Rafik Hariri: Lebanon's Shakespearean tragedy

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Consulations DAY 2 

 

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt arrives for a rival political leaders meeting held at the parliament in Beirut November 7, 2006. Rival Lebanese leaders resumed political talks on Tuesday but hopes were slim they could reach a swift compromise on a government reshuffle that would stop the crisis spilling into the streets. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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Monday November 6, 2006

Consulations DAY 1

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Lebanese leaders meet in Beirut. Consulations Day 1, November 6, 2006. Lebanese leaders have held "ice breaking" talks on a demand by the pro-Syrian Hezbollah for a greater part in the Western-backed government, a move rejected by opponents as a Syrian bid to regain influence in Lebanese politics.(AFP/Hassan Ibrahim)

Pre Consultation Comments - Fares Souaid / Nadim Gemayel

 

Latest News

- Hopes rest on deal to avert Lebanon protests
- Top Lebanese Leaders Resume Crucial Dialogue
- Haaretz: Possible war: Syria, Hizbullah, Israel Next Summer
- Bomb Explosion Tarik Jedideh Police Station, No Casualties
- Switzerland Imposes Arms Ban on Lebanon
- Hizbullah's Iran Willing to Supply Lebanon w/Anti-Aircraft Arms
- Private Political Daily Hits Syrian stands with Cartoon of Saniora
- French Defense Minister Warns Dangers Lebanon-Israel Border
- UNIFIL Nears Strength Deemed Sufficient by Pellegrini
- Lebanese leaders return to table in bid to ease tensions
- French defense minister: Situation in South is 'stable and fragile'
- Tehran offers anti-aircraft missiles to Beirut
- First Indonesian troops due late Sunday
- Palestinian students lack funds when they need them most
- Druze council installs new sheikh aql
- Forecast calls for relief from rain, but temperatures keep falling
- Sfeir warns country faces 'lurking threats'
- Survey predicts fierce battles if early vote held
- Iran reaffirms support for Lebanon's national unity

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Latest Intelligence

- Israel's Criticism of UNIFIL

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Latest Commentary Analysis

- Fear rises in Lebanon as the tables turn
- Is Lebanon the hub of a new Cold War?

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Sunday November 5, 2006

Breaking News

Explosion in parking lot next to Makhfar Jdeideh/Beirut - Initial Reports NO ONE INJURED -  10:30pm Local LebanonTime

 

May Chidiac is interviewing Saad Hariri live on LBC TV in Lebanon 10:30 local time, 3:30pm EST.

Says he will go to Consulations - BUT HOW CAN WE SIT AND TALK AND NOT ASK OURSELVES - WHAT HAPPENED IN JULY? WHY DID THIS WAR HAPPEN? WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THIS TO HAPPEN?

SAYS PEOPLE ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO STOP INTERNATIONAL TRIAL OF HARIRI

SAYS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE PARIS III HAPPEN AND ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT CAN'T

IN REFERENCE TO THE ARMS OF HIZBULLAH - SAYS HE NEVER HAD PROBLEMS WITH HIZBULLAH WEAPONS WHEN PRESSED BY MAY

SAYS THE WEAPONS HAD AN OBJECTIVE AND THE OBJECTIVE IS STILL PRESENT - SHEBAA

MAY THEN CONCLUDES TO HIM THAT GEAGEA AND JUMBLATT ARE CLEARLY CALLING FOR HIZBULLAH TO LAY DOWN ITS WEAPONS SO YOU MUST BE THE ONLY ONE IN YOUR GROUP (MARCH 14) THAT DOESN'T CALL OUTRIGHT FOR DISARMAMENT OF HIZBULLAH

CONTINUES TO LINK ISSUES TO SHEBAA 

SAYS THE FOREIGN COUNTRIES DIDN'T HELP THE LEBANESE MAKE UP THEIR OWN ARMED FORCES FOR ALL THESE YEARS AND THAT IS WHY LEBANON IS NOT STRONG AS IT SHOULD BE TODAY.

HE SAYS HE KNOWS SAYED HASSAN NASRALLAH AND IF THE SAYED SAYS HE WILL NOT TURN HIS WEAPONS ON THE LEBANESE HE BELIEVES HIM

MAY CHIDIAC SAYS - WHAT IF HE IS PRESSURED TO USE HIS WEAPONS AGAINST LEBANON - SAAD HARIRI THEN SAID - IN THAT CASE I DON'T KNOW

SAAD SEEN AS BEING BACKED IN A CORNER WHEN PRESSED ABOUT HIZBULLAH ARMS - CLEARLY HE IS TRYING TO DIFUSE THE CURRENT POLITICAL TENSIONS TO AVOID OPPOSITION FROM GOING INTO THE STREETS AND TO TRY TO SWAY HIZBULLAH TO THE TABLE FOR DISCUSSIONS - SEEN AS LEADERSHIP THROUGH POLITICS.

MAY ASKS HIM WHAT ABOUT THE ELECTIONS THAT THE OPPOSITION IS ASKING ABOUT

SAAD SAYS - THE PRESIDENCY IS DAMAGED AND THEY ARE SAYING THAT 1/3 OF THE PARLIAMENT IS DAMAGED - THIS PRESIDENT THAT FOREIGNERS SAID WE IMPOSE ON THE LEBANESE PEOPLE AND IF THE LEBANESE DON'T ACCEPT IT THEN WE WILL BREAK LEBANON OVER THE HEAD OF HARIRI - SO WHAT HAPPENED - HARIRI DIED FOR HIS COUNTRY AND THE COUNTRY WAS DESTROYED - SO WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE 1/3 PARLIAMENT AND NOT THE PRESIDENCY - NO WAY.

PLACES OF RELIGION ARE FOR ALL LEBANESE. WHEN I GO TO SEE THE PATRIARCH I FEEL I'M AT HOME, WHEN I GO SEE THE HIGHER SHIITE COUNCIL I FEEL THE SAME.

I INVITE ALL THE POLITICIANS TO GET AWAY FROM USING RELIGIOUS PLACES IN POLITICS FOR POLITICAL GAIN.

CLOSES BY SAYING THAT THE MARCH 14 MOVEMENT WANTS WHAT IS GOOD FOR LEBANON. AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF FOUAD SINIORA CAN MAKE PARIS III HAPPEN.

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Breaking News

Jumblatt and Hariri Meet in Paris

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March 14 Forces will "counter the conspiracy on Lebanon,"

Berri said Friday "I'm afraid that going to the streets will not be mere excursion"

"Lebanon is facing a conspiracy and that the responsibility to confront it falls on the March 14 Forces," said a source close to Jumblat and Hariri.

"It's our obligation to protect Lebanon and safeguard its sovereignty and independence,"

Berri said Friday "no intentions of toppling the government"

Berri seen as walking a fine line between serving Hizbullah/Syria/Iranian objectives in Lebanon and Preserving his position in the Government.

This website has continuously said - the closer we get to an International Tribunal which will implicate Top Syrian and its Lebanese extensions - the more turmoil we will see. Brammertz Final Report due in 1 Month. 

Latest News

- Jumblat, Hariri: March 14 Counter Conspiracy on Lebanon
- Pederson Assessment of Overflights
- Feltman Backs Dialogue in Hizbullah-Government Showdown
- Portugal Sends UNIFIL Troops, Albania to Follow Suit
- Indonesian Gear Leaves for Lebanon, Malaysia Delays
- Senior U.S. Official Strong Support Saniora's Cabinet
- Germany Expects No More Shooting Incidents with Israel
- Aoun Indicates Street Protests Could Be Called Off
- Geagea March 14 Forces Get Ready for Peaceful Rally
- Feltman Denies Warning Aoun Over Alliance Hizbullah
- Germany expects no more 'incidents' off coast
- US stands behind Siniora Cabinet
- Hizbullah has 'a price' for information on prisoners
- UNIFIL reaches 'initial operating capacity'
- UN Security Council splits over of Hariri tribunal
- French analyst trouble Lebanon 'if Iran not resolved'
- Top Shiite clerics urge politicians have united stand
- Feltman says Berri and gov gained int confidence
- Aoun meets Sfeir, vows steps to unseat Cabinet

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Latest Intelligence

- Iran Test-Fires 3 New Missiles in Gulf
- Iran Missiles Capable Reaching Israel/American Bases

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Latest Whitehouse Brief / State Dept Brief

- Press Briefing by Tony Snow
- State Dept Daily Press Briefing Nov 2
- State Dept Daily Press Briefing Nov 1
- Interview With Al Hunt of Bloomberg TV
- State Dept Question Taken Funding Iran Democracy
- State Dept Question Taken Syria Muslim Brotherhood

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Latest Commentary Analysis

- Another Middle East War Is on the Horizon
- Saudi Initiative Can Be Basis For Talks, Israeli Minister Says
- U.S. Wants to Head UN Peacekeeping
- U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer
- U.S. Shutters Site With Saddam - Era Files
- U.S. Shuts Web Site Said to Reveal Nuclear Guide
- U.S. Analysts Had Flagged Atomic Data on Web Site
- Scientists Protested Web Site Nuclear Data: Report

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The seat of the Lebanese lawmaker, Bahya al-Hariri, is seen empty during the meetings of the Interim Arab Parliament's gathering that opened on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 in Damascus, Syria for three-day deliberations to discuss hot issues on the Arab arena, mainly in Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestine territories and to ways of achieving a broad Arab reconciliation. Syrian-Lebanese relations have deteriorated following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri last year, which many Lebanese blamed on Syria. Syria has repeatedly denied the charge.(AP Photo Bassem Tellawi).

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire missiles during military manoeuvres outside Qom on 02 November 2006. Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz urged the world to act after Iran claimed to have fired longer-range ballistic missiles for the first time, the defence ministry said.(AFP/Fars News/File)

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire a Shahab-2 long-range ballistic missile during the first phase of military manoeuvres in the central desert outside the holy city of Qom on November 2. Iran has announced it has successfully test-fired new anti-armour and anti-helicopter missiles on the third day of its latest war games.(AFP/Fars News/File)  

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire the Shahab-3 long-range ballistic missile in the desert outside the holy city of Qom. Iran began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear program, official media said.(AFP/Mehr News)

Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire a missile during a war game in the desert near the holy city of Qom, southeast of Tehran, November 2, 2006. REUTERS/Fars News

Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire a Shahab 2 missile during a war game southeast of Tehran, November 2, 2006. (Fars News/Reuters)

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Iranian clergymen watch a Shahab-3 ballistic missile fird in the desert Qom. Washington chided Tehran for its "saber-rattling" after Iran fired a new long-range missile for the first time.(AFP/Fars News)

A member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard fires a rocket during a maneuver in a central desert area of Iran, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards test-fired dozen of missiles, including the long-range Shahab-3, during the first hours of new military maneuvers, Iranian state-run television said Thursday. (AP Photo/ISNA, Ruhollah Vahdati)

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An Iranian Shahab-3 ballistic missile rolls past during a military parade in 2005. Iran has fired its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile on exercise for the first time as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme.(AFP/File/Henghameh Fahimi)

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A photo released by Irna news agency shows an Iranian submarine and ships of the Revolutionary Guards during manoeuvres off Larak Island in the Gulf Sea in April 2006. Iran has fired its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile on exercise for the first time as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme.(AFP/IRNA/File)

Italian Marines search a British ship carrying mock nuclear detonators, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Iranian waters, during a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) exercise held October 30, 2006. The exercise, hosted by Bahrain in international waters, started in the Gulf on Monday and will involve vessels from the United States, France, Italy, Australia, Britain as well as Bahrain. PSI was created in 2003 by President George W. Bush with the goal of agreeing to share intelligence information and work against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. REUTERS/Hamad Mohammed (BAHRAIN)

Italian Marines approach a British ship carrying mock nuclear detonators, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Iranian waters, during a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) exercise held October 30, 2006. (Hamad Mohammed/Reuters)

A FBI agent approaches a British ship carrying mock nuclear detonators, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Iranian waters, during a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) exercise held October 30, 2006. The exercise, hosted by Bahrain in international waters, started in the Gulf on Monday and will involve vessels from the United States, France, Italy, Australia, Britain as well as Bahrain. PSI was created in 2003 by President George W. Bush with the goal of agreeing to share intelligence information and work against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. REUTERS/Hamad Mohammed (BAHRAIN)

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A sample of enriched uranium. Iranian scientists have begun feeding gas into a second cascade of centrifuges to enrich uranium, defying UN threats of sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, a news agency has reported.(AFP/FARS News/File)

 

Iranian protesters burn a U.S. flag during a rally in front of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran to mark the anniversary of Student's Day November 4, 2006. Thousands of Iranians on Saturday chanted 'Death to America' outside the embassy which students stormed on this day in 1979, renewing Iran's defiance at a time when it faces possible sanctions for its nuclear work. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), background, sails alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) after arriving in the Red Sea.

061031-N-0119G-115 Red Sea (Oct. 31, 2006) - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), background, sails alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) after arriving in the Red Sea to begin its deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. While in theater, Eisenhower will perform Maritime Security Operations (MSO) which help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rob Gaston (RELEASED)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Pukin Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron One Four Three (VFA-143), lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

061101-N-1063M-003 Red Sea (Nov. 1, 2006) - An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Pukin Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron One Four Three (VFA-143), lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is deployed in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dale Miller (RELEASED)

Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron Two One One (VFA-211) display airborne refueling.

061024-N-9742R-052 Gulf of Oman (Oct. 24, 2006) - Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to the "Checkmates" of Strike Fighter Squadron Two One One (VFA-211) display airborne refueling as they fly by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during practice for an air show. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Milosz Reterski (RELEASED)

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Friday November 3, 2006

Breaking News

"WAKE UP AOUN! YOUR ALIGNED WITH DESTROYING LEBANON INSTEAD OF HELPING LEBANON, YOUR ALIGNED WITH GIVING LEBANON BACK TO SYRIA, TAKING ORDERS FROM IRAN, YOU MUST DECIDE ON ALLEGIANCE TO THE GOOD OF LEBANON, OR SYRIA/IRAN?"

Feltman Warns Aoun of "Grave Consequences" Over Alliance with Hizbullah

U.S. ambassador Jeffrey Feltman has allegedly warned General Michel Aoun of "grave consequences" over his alliance with Hizbullah, accusing the Shiite group of plotting to obliterate Lebanon.

"Hizbullah is constantly working on destroying and obliterating Lebanon as well as sowing chaos," the Lebanese daily As-Safir quoted Feltman as saying.

It said his remarks were made during a visit to Aoun at his house in Rabieh on Thursday.

The paper quoted leading sources in Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) as saying that Feltman also slammed the so-called "political understanding" between Aoun and Hizbullah.

But Aoun has reiterated his adherence to the "political understanding," the sources said.

They said that Feltman has indirectly threatened Aoun that his alliance with Hizbullah would bear "grave consequences on his political future."

As-Safir said that this was a tortuous reference to the presidency issue, in which Aoun, a Maronite, is eligible for under the Lebanese constitution.

The paper also said that the FPM has previously received similar threats from the American administration warning Aoun against establishing any "material or financial ties with Hizbullah, or be blacklisted" in assisting terrorists.
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March 14 Alliance: Not Willing to Succumb to Hizbullah Demands, Demands that Invite Syria and Iran Back Into Lebanon

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"No Way Agree to Any Expansion or Replacement of the Government … The Consultation Session Will Only Tackle a Package Deal Starting with the Replacement of the President."

"The replacement or the expansion of the government means the power will be turned in to Syria and Iran; and this is something utterly rejected by the majority forces,"

Samir Geagea: "get ready for a new quiet, peaceful and arrogant rally to prove that we are the majority."

In a Thursday night interview with the Lebanese New T.V. channel, Geagea also ruled out the formation of a national unity government.

He said the inclusion of Aoun's bloc in the cabinet was "negotiable … but (the demand) to activate the paralyzed one-third is totally rejected," in a reference to Hizbullah's allies who are not represented in parliament.

Geagea warned that if street protests turn into riots "we will be there to back up the (Lebanese) security forces anywhere and we put ourselves under their command." He refused to elaborate.(Naharnet-AFP)
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Aoun Indicates Street Protests Could Be Called Off

General Michel Aoun indicated Friday that Hizbullah advocated street protests in an attempt to push for the formation of a new government could be called off.

While Aoun adhered to "our right" in protesting, he said "strides could precede going to the street."

"It's our wish to change the cabinet," Aoun told reporters at the end of a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir at Bkirki.

Aoun and Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah have been repeatedly calling for the resignation of Premier Fouad Saniora's cabinet and the formation of a national unity government.

Nasrallah threatened to take to the streets Nov. 13 if roundtable talks in parliament failed to meet his demands on the formation of a national unity government.

Aoun's visit came a day after U.S. ambassador Jeffrey Feltman allegedly warned the Christian general of "grave consequences" over his alliance with Hizbullah.

Lebanon's Maronite Bishops expressed concern on Wednesday about growing divisions among Lebanese over demands for the formation of a national unity government. 
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ASSAD TARGETS THE HOUSE OF SAUD
Excerpted from: Eurasia Security Watch No. 138,

November 2, 2006
American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, DC

The already-chilly relations between Saudi Arabia and Syria are about to get even frostier. According to a new expose in a leading Gulf paper, the government of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus is gearing up to unleash a wave of attacks against leading Saudi figures. Syria's intelligence service, the report says, is recruiting Saudi, Algerian and Moroccan extremists who live in Syria and Jordan to target key members of the House of Saud, including Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the Kingdom's former Ambassador to Washington and current head of the Saudi National Security Council. The Syrian campaign appears to be motivated by revenge; observers say officials in Damascus blame recent acts of violence in the Ba'athist state on Saudi and Saudi-influenced extremists. (Kuwait Al Seyassah, Newspapaer)

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German former Environment Minister Juergen Trittin, member of the Greens party, stands amid destroyed buildings during his visit to Beirut, November 3, 2006. REUTERS/Gero Breloer/Pool (LEBANON) 

Lebanon's Defence Minister Michel el-Murr (L) shakes hands with his German counterpart Franz-Josef Jung, in Rabyeh near Beirut November 3,2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON) 

Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) meets with Germany's Defence Minister Franz-Josef (L) Jung in The Government palace, Grand Sray, in Beirut November 3, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)  

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Thursday November 2, 2006

Mount Lebanon mufti lashes out at Hizbullah 
By Maher Zeineddine
Daily Star staff
 
CHOUF: Mount Lebanon Mufti Mohammad Ali Jouzou had harsh words for Hizbullah and its allies Wednesday,
bluntly accusing the resistance of serving Iranian and Syrian interests.

"All of the exploits Hizbullah brags about are purely Persian deeds, and do not benefit the Arabs or Arabism in any way," the mufti said.

In comments made during a meeting with a delegation from the Progressive Youth Movement (PYP), Jouzou said that Lebanon - through Hizbullah - was being controlled by Iran.

"Whoever does not see eye to eye with them is accused of being pro-American, and that is illogical," Jouzou added.

The Mount Lebanon leader said he could not see the logic in bringing "a country to rubble" for the liberation of three detainees in Israeli prisons, in reference to the number of Leb-anese detainees held by Israel.

Jouzou added that Hizbullah's claims of having maintained close ties with former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri were unfounded, "especially given that directly following the murder of Hariri, Hizbullah organized the March 8 rally in tribute to Hariri's murderers," in reference to the Syrian leadership
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Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, pictured August 2006. The White House sounded the alarm over what it called "mounting evidence" that Iran, Syria and the Hezbollah militia were "preparing plans to topple" Lebanon's government.(AFP/File/Jean-Pierre Muller)

Two policemen secure the entrance of their barracks, background, in Beirut, Lebanon Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. A rifle-fired grenade targeted a major police barracks in west Beirut on Wednesday night, witnesses and local media said. The explosion was heard in the Corniche Mazraa commercial and residential district, in the Muslim section of the Lebanese capital. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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A United Nations flag flutters as Israeli warplanes fly over the southern Lebanese village of al-Tiri, September 2006. A defiant Israel has vowed to continue controversial flights over Lebanon despite mounting international protests that the action violates the UN-brokered truce that ended this summer's war.(AFP/File/Hassan Ammar)

A member of the Chinese U.N. Interim Force mine-clearing unit walks through a fruit farm while carrying unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs dropped by Israeli forces during the recent conflict with Hizbollah near the village of Al Hinneyeh in southern Lebanon September 5, 2006. A report by London-based Landmine Action said hundreds of thousands of unexploded cluster bomblets still litter the countryside of Lebanon, even though more than 45,000 have been cleared and destroyed. To match feature LEBANON CLUSTER. Picture taken September 5, 2006. REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files (LEBANON)

Indonesian military vehicles line up before being loaded onto U.S. cargo ship 'SS Wilson' at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta November 2, 2006. The vehicles will be shipped to Lebanon as part of Indonesia's contribution to the UN peacekeeping effort. REUTERS/Dadang Tri (INDONESIA)

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Wednesday November 1, 2006

Walid Jumblatt Interview - Today!

 

Transcript - provided by CNN 

CLANCY: All right. One of the most outspoken politicians in the March 14th pro-democracy movement is in Washington today. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt holding talks with U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Jumblatt blot spoke with us a little bit earlier about his Washington visit, and politics back at home.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

WALID JUMBLATT, LEBANESE DRUZE LEADER: This administration helped Lebanon to be freed from the civilian occupation. Now we have to inform the court, the court which is to bring to justice the people who killed Rafik Hariri. This is why now we are ahead of time, because this court should be formed before the ultimatum of Nasrallah. Nasrallah is threatening to block the court. Nasrallah is just thinking to defend the Syrian regime. We have to form the court before he delivers his ultimatum, that's the issue.

CLANCY: While you have been in Washington Hassan Nasrallah has been on television saying he is prepared to bring hundreds and hundreds and thousands of his supporters out into the streets to surround the parliament, to surround government buildings and force down the pro-Western, pro-democracy government unless he gets a deal that would hand Hezbollah more power.

JUMBLATT: If he does it, it would be a mistake, because he might ruin the so-called national consensus, which is supporting and have supported the Hezbollah, and is somewhere indirectly, or directly supporting the Syrian regime; I don't the Syrian regime, or part of it, to be bring to justice, as for the murders committed against the prominent Lebanese. Among them, Rafik Hariri. It's going to be a terrible political mistake.

CLANCY: A terrible political mistake, but few would argue that he doesn't appear to be in a position to wield that power on the streets, behind the scenes. He's also hinting that he has the negotiations at its stage where soon he will deliver the Lebanese prisoners held by Israel, as well as Palestinian and Syrian prisoners. Isn't this going to put him in a very strong public position?

JUMBLATT: He is strong of course. He has rockets. He has the prisoners. He's backed by the Iranian government and by the Syrian regime. But he needs a national consensus inside if he want to go to this order of (INAUDIBLE) inside Lebanon. It is going to be quite difficult for him and tough for him and for everybody.

CLANCY: Is there going -- if he brings his forces out into the streets, what happens with the pro-democracy forces, the March 14th movement?

JUMBLATT: I wish he's just playing on words, but if he wants to bring his forces, I mean, his people on the street, we also can do the same thing. What will happen later on? Nobody know. It's better to keep on dialoguing and exchanging conversations instead of bringing people to the seat.

CLANCY: Well, what are the issues you think then are behind it? You say, No. 1, the Hezbollah leader wants to block a court that would bring to justice the Syrian or pro-Syrian Lebanese who have been accused in all of this case but the question of disarmament and the end of a government within a government.

JUMBLATT: The main issue is the courts. The main issue is the court, and because the court might be fixed in the next couple of weeks, this is why Nasrallah gave this ultimatum.

As for the weapons, nobody in the past, nobody now thought about disarming Hezbollah by force. We thought that we could incorporate Hezbollah inside the Lebanese government and -- sorry, the Lebanese army. Well, it would take some time, the commissioning. But the main issue of the court, he wants to prevent international justice to judge the Syrian regime, or part of it.

CLANCY: Where does this leave Lebanon today? Is the democracy in Lebanon at risk?

JUMBLATT: The democracy is at risk. There is the ultimatum of Nasrallah is just he's pronouncing a coup d'etat. The Cedar Revolution, or the spring of Lebanon of 205 is at risk.

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JUMBLATT: the Cedar Revolution or the spring of Lebanon of 205 (ph) is at risk.

CLANCY: All right, our thanks to Walid Jumblatt for joining us. He's going to travel next to U.S. and the U.N. for talks with officials there about that international tribunal. 
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Breaking News

Explosion West Beirut - Corniche Al-Mazraa (shown below) An Inerga Anti-Tank Rifle Grenade fired at the internal security services - Makhfar Charles El-Helou Barracks, no injuries reported. 7pm Beirut Time

As this website has repeatedly noted - the closer we get to international tribunal to try the suspects of the former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri's Assassination - the more instability we will see.

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The White House, President George W. Bush
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 1, 2006

White House Calls for Support for Sovereign Lebanon

Support for a sovereign, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon is a key element of U.S. policy in the Middle East. We are therefore increasingly concerned by mounting evidence that the Syrian and Iranian governments, Hizballah, and their Lebanese allies are preparing plans to topple Lebanon's democratically-elected government led by Prime Minister Siniora.

Any attempt to destabilize Lebanon's democratically-elected government through such tactics as manufactured demonstrations and violence, or by physically threatening its leaders would, at the very least, be a clear violation of Lebanon's sovereignty and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1559, 1680, and 1701.

There are indications that one goal of the Syrian plan is to prevent the current Lebanese government from approving the statute for an international tribunal that would try those accused of involvement in former Prime Minister Hariri's assassination. Any such effort to sideline the tribunal will fail, however, for the international community can proceed with establishing it no matter what happens internally in Lebanon. The United States is committed to working with its international partners and the legitimate Government of Lebanon to ensure that the tribunal is quickly established and that all those responsible for the assassinations of Rafiq Hariri and other Lebanese patriots since 2005 are brought to justice.

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Daily Press Briefing The United States State Department
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 1, 2006

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QUESTION: On Lebanon. MR. MCCORMACK: On Lebanon, yeah.

QUESTION: There's a couple of things going on. The White House put out a very strong statement --

MR. MCCORMACK: Right. Saw that.

QUESTION: -- talking about -- warning Iran and Syria not to make efforts to topple the government and talked about indications and evidence that this is happening. Could you talk a little bit about what this evidence is that they're -- that they are trying to topple the government and if this is a result of the meetings that the Secretary had this week with some of the --

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, actually, and I'll try to talk about it as much as I possibly can. But I think you'll understand that there are certain strictures on that just because we gather and collect information in a lot of different ways. But first I would point out Secretary Rice actually herself talked about this during a Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation interview she had with May Chidiak, the victim of terror and the victim of an assassination attempt in Lebanon, so you go back and check the transcript on that. And John Bolton has also talked about this. (On top and below this pg)

There's a limited amount that I can say about this. Suffice it to say we do have real concerns. You saw from the White House statement it's a pretty direct statement and it's a pretty stark statement. But we believe it's merited based on what have seen going on in the region. You have had a couple of data -- public data points for you, though.

You had a recent speech by Nasrallah, I think within the past day or so, demanding the Siniora government take certain steps or Nasrallah and his compatriots would see that it falls.

You had President Lahoud talk about taking steps to block the formation of a criminal tribunal that would bring to justice those who might be accused of participating or being responsible for former Prime Minister Hariri's death. It certainly gives the appearance of trying to obstruct justice.

So -- and you look at the various connections that are here. Quite clearly, Hezbollah has its patrons in Damascus and certainly in Tehran. This is an organization that has shown that it has very few boundaries concerning what it will do and what it won't do. The most recent example is the fact that it started a war in the region, started -- you know, this group started a war with a sovereign state.

So it would seem that the benefactors of this group will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. And what they don't want to see -- what they don't want to see -- is a stable, peaceful, democratic Lebanon because that is antithetical to their point of view and antithetical to how they want to see the region develop.

It is -- the conflict that Hezbollah started was tragic in that so many innocent lives were lost. But it did provide a clarifying moment in the Middle East. And very clearly you can see on one side -- one side of the line you have Hezbollah, groups like Hamas and their sponsors in Damascus and Tehran, who want to take the region in a completely different direction than the great majority of people in that region would seem to want to take it. And that is towards greater freedom, greater prosperity and more peace. These are groups that don't want to see, for example, peace between Israelis and Palestinians. These are groups that don't want to see issues between Lebanon and Israel resolved over the long term.

So that's -- that is one of the reasons why we put out the statement today and why Secretary Rice has talked about it because we want to make it absolutely clear that the United States stands firmly with the government of Prime Minister Siniora, a government who has -- which has worked very hard to, under difficult circumstances, coming out, emerging from the shadow of 20 years of Syrian occupation, to try to do its best to lay the foundations for a democratic, peaceful, secure Lebanon, which is in the interest of the Lebanese people and everybody in the region.

QUESTION: Sean.

MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah, Michel.

QUESTION: What can you do to prevent the collapse of a Siniora government?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, you know, ultimately, what we can do is try to as best we can support Prime Minister Siniora politically, diplomatically, you know, economically. This is the elected Government -- Government of Lebanon. All that said, we don't, you know, we're not going to -- we're not going to interfere in Lebanon's domestic politics. What we don't want to see is others interfering in Lebanon's domestic politics. And I'm afraid that's -- that is our fear. You know, our fear is that you have a group like Hezbollah, which very clearly derives much support not only from Damascus but from Tehran, and you also have other forces within Lebanon allied with these external -- external patrons.

So the concern is from us as well as others is that you will see once again an attempt to turn back the clock and have the -- yank away from the Lebanese people what they have fought so hard for, and that is the right to determine their own political future. And we don't want to -- we don't want to see the clock turn back to the days when Syria occupied Lebanon or even to a state of being where you have outside governments essentially pulling the strings in Lebanon and dictating what happens.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) I think address is whether you have seen evidence of either Syria or Iran either helping to rearm or facilitating the rearmament of Hezbollah.

MR. MCCORMACK: Again, that falls into the category of we -- you know, we collect a lot of information that I can't talk about. Just suffice it to say it's something that would be of grave concern to us as well as others in that it would be a clear violation and transgression of Security Council Resolution 1701.

QUESTION: Well, Terje Roed-Larsen told the Security Council and then told reporters afterwards that there is evidence that they were smuggling arms.

MR. MCCORMACK: I'll let Mr. Larsen speak to it.

QUESTION: Is that your --

MR. MCCORMACK: I'm not going to talk about information that we may have.

QUESTION: Sean.

MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah. Same subject?

QUESTION: A follow-up on this.

MR. MCCORMACK: Go ahead.

QUESTION: You can't do anything to stop Syria and Iran from interfering in the Lebanese internal affairs?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, one of the things you can do is to ensure that they know the world is watching and that the world will not stand for that kind of -- a renewal of that kind of behavior. And one thing I'm sure that they would like is to operate below the radar screen so that people aren't aware of these things. And one of the reasons why the Secretary made the statements that she did, why the White House put out this statement, is we want to make it clear that we are concerned about these things and also we, as well as others, are watching very closely.

Yeah.

QUESTION: Tony Blair sent an envoy, I think Monday, to Syria.

MR. MCCORMACK: Right.

QUESTION: Was there any collaboration with the United States on that visit perhaps to apply pressure? I know, you know, reports suggest that they were talking about Iraq, but was there any pressure applied by the British on this issue?

MR. MCCORMACK: We -- I'll let the British Government speak to Mr. Shinewald's trip, but we certainly know about the trip. We know the message he was sending to the Syrian Government.

Yeah.

QUESTION: When you say that the world will be watching, but what else can you do? What -- I mean, to be watching is maybe not enough to prevent it.

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, you know, again Sylvie, we will do everything that we can. Part of the effort is to shine a spotlight on these efforts and to support those who want to preserve a free, stable, democratic Lebanon.

QUESTION: Sean, just to follow up on what you just said, you said we know the message sent to the Syrian Government. Does that mean specifically to what the White House statement suggested today or just any --

MR. MCCORMACK: I'm going to let the Brits speak for themselves on this. Okay?

QUESTION: What did Jumblatt provide -- sort of information about this mounting evidence of Syria and Iranian interference? Is that one of the reasons why the White House decided to release a statement because of the Secretary's discussions with Jumblatt? Did he provide more information or --

MR. MCCORMACK: You know, I haven't talked to the Secretary about her meeting with Mr. Jumblatt. I do know that they did talk about the situation in Lebanon, but I can't give you a specific answer, Sue, and I can't draw a cause-and-effect relation between the meeting and that. But again, go back and look at what the Secretary said in her interview with May Chidiac.

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US issues Lebanon 'plot' warning

The United States has said there is "mounting evidence" that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to topple the Lebanese government.

The White House said Syria hoped to stop the formation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

Spokesman Tony Snow said any attempt to destabilise the Lebanese government would violate UN resolutions.

A UN inquiry has been investigating who was behind Mr Hariri's death in 2005.

The BBC News website's world affairs correspondent Paul Reynolds says the White House statement appears to result from the tense situation in Lebanon, where Hezbollah is demanding one third of cabinet seats, thereby giving it a veto over decisions.

Such a veto would enable it to block approval of the international tribunal to try suspects in Mr Hariri's assassination, our correspondent says.

The Hezbollah leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, has threatened street demonstrations in support of his demand.

The US is concerned that this instability could result in the fall of the government of Prime Minister Found Siniora.

The statement also casts doubt on any willingness by the Bush administration to consider Syria and Iran as potential partners over the future of Iraq, an idea that the Baker commission on Iraq is expected to suggest, our correspondent adds.

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Siniora warns against Hezbollah ultimatum

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Prime Minister Fouad Siniora warned against pushing Lebanon to the abyss after Hezbollah has threatened to force his Cabinet's collapse by street protests.
"Taking matter to the verge of the abyss is not in the interests of anyone," Siniora said Wednesday, stressing that "we will resort to dialogue and consultations."

"Let no party think that it can be a winner because it is in nobody's interest for the country to collapse or become a struggle scene... Also, no party should try to push the other to a wall by saying 'either you take a certain decision or else...,'" Siniora added.

He stressed that Lebanon is passing through a very critical and sensitive phase that necessitates "patience, not tensions."
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Breaking News - Terje Roed-Larsen - says LEBANESE GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS WEAPONS SMUGGLING IS TAKING PLACE Violating UN 1701.

See it here in this UN Video

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by the Special Envoy for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, on the situation in the Middle East.
[Webcast:
Archived Video - 13 minutes]

Video of latest meeting at the UN on UNSCR1559 Here:

30 October 06

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by the President of the Security Council, the Permanent Representative of Japan, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, on the situation in the Middle East and other matters.
[Webcast:
Archived Video - 5 minutes]

30 October 06

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by the Special Envoy for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, on the situation in the Middle East.
[Webcast:
Archived Video - 13 minutes]

30 October 06

Security Council: The situation in the Middle East.
[Webcast:
Archived Video - English: 6 minutes]

30 October 06

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by the Permanent Representative of the United States of America, Ambassador John Bolton, on the situation in the Middle East and other matters.
[Webcast:
Archived Video - 8 minutes]

 

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Tuesday October 31, 2006

Breaking News

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with leader of Lebanon's Druze community Walid Jumblatt

Washington- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon's Druze community, to discuss the effort to rebuild the country following the Israeli assault on Hezbollah last summer, the US State Department said Monday. Rice was also to discuss ongoing political developments with Jumblatt and the implementation of a UN Security Council resolution that restored peace and expanded the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

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Daily Press Briefing
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 30, 2006

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TRANSCRIPT:

12:35 p.m. EST

MR. MCCORMACK: Good afternoon, everybody. I don't have any opening statements, so we can get right into your questions. Who wants to start? Go ahead, Sylvie.

QUESTION: The Lebanese leader Walid Jumblatt is in the building today and he's supposed to meet with the Secretary.

MR. MCCORMACK: Correct.

QUESTION: Why it's not on our public schedule?

MR. MCCORMACK: I don't know. We don't control -- we don't control exactly what comes down from the Secretary's office in terms of what's on the public schedule or not. So she is meeting with him. She's met with him before. They're going to talk about the situation in Lebanon, the current political situation.

She wants to get a feel for the situation on the ground, reiterate our support for Prime Minister Siniora's effort at economic as well as political reform and our full support for implementation of 1701 and also for the Lebanese people in helping to rebuild some of the infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed during the course of the conflict. We have extensive USAID operations there. Randy Tobias, who heads up our efforts on foreign assistance, was just there in Lebanon. We also have a U.S. public-private partnership that is deeply involved in getting together the funds to help our the Lebanese people for reconstruction.

So that's essentially what she's going to be talking about. Also express our full support for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions looking into the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri and for the efforts of Mr. Brammertz to get to the bottom of that.

QUESTION: Is there any progress on that?

MR. MCCORMACK: Refer you to Mr. Brammertz. I know that he is continuing his work. That is an independent investigation and they are really the only ones I think it's appropriate should be talking about -- talking about the investigation. We'll look forward to his report when it comes out.

QUESTION: And she's also meeting with the social affairs minister of Lebanon this afternoon, so it's two Lebanese?

MR. MCCORMACK: Not that I'm aware of. I'll look into it for you.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Just on implementation of the resolutions, there's still some kind of glaring holes -- the two soldiers who haven't been released. And what's happening with the disarmament of Hezbollah?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, on the first one, we want to see their immediate unconditional release. That is up to Hezbollah. They are the stumbling block in that regard. And also we would like to see the Lebanese Government over the course of time in its own way address the issue of disarmament of Hezbollah. You can't have a state within a state. We all know that. In any sort of fully functioning democracy you can't have armed groups, militias, operating outside the control of the state. The state needs to be the only authority that has resort to use of force in the interest of the state.

So these are questions that the Lebanese are going to answer. The Security Council resolutions lay out very clearly what is required of them, what the international community expects of them. But this issue is also wrapped up in Lebanon's politics and so the Lebanese people need to come to terms with how they're going to move forward down the pathway of fully restoring their democracy after a couple of decades worth of Syrian occupation.

QUESTION: Concretely, in terms of the soldiers' release, what's being -- I mean, to say you wish that they'd be released is --

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, the United States is not involved in any sort of mediation, any mediation attempts. Again, this is a terrorist group that is holding two Israeli soldiers and we would call upon -- call for their immediate unconditional release. I believe that there have been many international public statements in that regard and I think that Resolution 1701 also calls for that as well.

It just underscores that there are a number of different issues with respect to Hezbollah and its actions and its current status that need to be addressed by the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Government.

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• US voices concern about more assassinations in Lebanon
• UN urges disarming Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias
• UN: Arms still smuggled into Lebanon from Syria 
• Lebanon Press Headlines
• Druze leader seeks US backing for Hariri slaying tribunal
• Lebanon aid conference delayed
• Welch Criticizes Syria for Interfering in Lebanese Internal Affairs
• Security Council Urges Disarming of Militias, Bolton Slams Syria
• Lahoud Slams International Court, Jumblat Accuses Him 
• Tueni Attacks Lahoud's Mutiny on the International Community
• Israeli Fighter Jets Stage Mock Raids over Beirut Suburbs
• Millions of Tons of Rubble Create Ecological Nightmare
• Hizbullah warns of resignations, protests 
• Shebaa Farms to be demarcated, UN discuss Resolution 1559
• UNICEF spearheads polio vaccination drive
• Israeli Supreme Court considerscommission to review war
• Israel sorry for 'misunderstandings' in shooting incidents
• Basil Fuleihan institute celebrates 10th anniversary
• Lahoud suggests changes to Hariri tribunal
• Rights groups detail Israeli, Hizbullah legal violations

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Latest Intelligence

- Israel Air Force warplanes over-fly Hizballah Cmd Centers
- CIA chief meets Saudi king after Gulf terror alert Published
- US-Led Military Thrust Focuses Heavily on Naval Deployment

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Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) stands beside Brigadier General Gal Hirsh, head of the Galilee Division, during a visit to the Biranit military base near the Israel-Lebanon border in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) on October 31, 2006. ISRAEL OUT REUTERS/Moshe Milner/GPO/Handout (ISRAEL)

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned the Lebanese government could be the target of new assassination attempts and strongly suggested Syria was behind the destabilisation campaign(AFP/Getty Images/File/Mark Wilson)

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EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) speaks to Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif (R) during a meeting in Cairo. Solana wrapped up his Middle East tour today after spending the past few days visiting several countries, including Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, in an effort to revive stalled peace talks in the region.(AFP)  

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A huge billboard carrying the picture of slain premier Rafiq Hariri stands in downtown Beirut, February 2006. Lebanon's pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud protested his exclusion from the process of organizing an international court to try suspects in the 2005 murder of Rafiq Hariri.(AFP/Ramzi Haidar)

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Latest News
- Al-Manar Slams March 14 Forces as 'Devils'
- UN to map disputed Shebaa farms area
- Israel and Lebanon trade accusations
- Israeli FM: U.N. to Map Shabaa
- Tourism Industry Struggles to Cope with War's Aftermath 
- Israel Sorry for 'Misunderstandings' in Shooting Incidents
- Two Lebanese Killed by Storm
- Mother, Baby Die in Destroyed Bekaa Bridge Plunge 
- Solana Voices Support for Saniora's Government
- Lebanon's Political Tensions Drag on, Dialogue Postponed
- British Daily: High Radiation Level Samples Found
- Berlin confirms second incident with Israeli planes 
- EU envoy pledges support for Siniora
- Berri delays talks over key absences
- French make presence felt on border
- Spanish UNIFIL troops begin rotation
- Sunni leader denies plan to meet Khaddam, trip to France
- UN vows answers on whether Israel used uranium

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- ‘To forestall recourse to the street’ Mixed reactions Berri
- Patriarchs Blame Political Turmoil for Christian Exodus
- Fears of Inquiry Dampen Giving by U.S. Muslims

These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

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With the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the background, two Kuwaiti tourists walk in down town Beirut, Lebanon Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Lebanon's tourism industry was on track to break records this year before the war between Israel and Hezbollah broke out July 12 and brought business at hotels, restaurants and shops to a crashing halt. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Israeli Rachel Varkatt gestures as she stands on a hill overlooking the Israeli border with Lebanon, in the village of Zarit, northern Israel, Friday Oct. 20, 2006. More than two months after 34 days of bitter fighting between Israel and Hezbollah ended in stalemate, many Israelis have come to see the war as a costly failure. Those who live closest to Lebanon, though, don't see it like that, saying the war altered their lives dramatically for the better. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner)

Lebanese singer Elissa performs at a cancer benefit concert in Beirut, October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

Lebanese singer Wael Kfouri performs at a cancer benefit concert in Beirut, October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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October 29, 2006

Breaking News 

Five navies led by US begin naval exercise Sunday, Oct. 29, off Persian Gulf Iranian coast. Iran’s armed forces on high alert, its air force chief replaced

The Western navies are to practice tactics for blocking the smuggling of nuclear weapons and components. Iran’s armed forces responded at once by declaring a high state of preparedness and branding the war games “adventurous.” Their alert encompassed the joint naval units of the military and Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, while the Revolutionary Guards, the Iranian army, navy and air force were placed on “yellow” alert, one level short of full war.

Also Sunday, supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei replaced Iran’s air force chief, Karim Qavami with Brig Gen Capt Ahmad Miqani, on the recommendation of the Revolutionary Guards commander.

In September, the outgoing air force chief, a US-trained pilot, commanded Iran’s military maneuvers which tested a new air defense system, fighter planes and laser-guided bombs. DEBKAfile’s Iran sources report that Khamenei did not approve of Qavami’s admiration of America’s military capabilities – especially the US air force’s advanced aircraft and equipment. He was the one who spoke out at general staff meetings in favor of procuring a new air fleet to better  stand up to a possible US attack. His successor follows the supreme ruler without question and has complete faith in the ability of Iran and its air force to match the US and its air might.

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Monday October 30, 2006

The Security Council is scheduled to hold consultations in the afternoon on the 1559 report

UN Security Council hears a briefing on UN 1559

3.00 p.m. Consultations of the whole (closed) - Consultations Room

- Middle East (Lebanon) (S/2006/832) *

- Other matters

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* With a view to a formal meeting.

LEBANON SPECIAL ENVOY TO BRIEF SECURITY COUNCIL, MEDIA

In response to earlier questions about the Secretary-General’s latest report on the implementation of Resolution 1559, regarding Lebanon, which went to the Security Council last week, the Spokesman said that Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the implementation of that resolution, will brief the Council on that report Monday, in closed consultations.

After that, Roed-Larsen has agreed to talk to the press at the stakeout outside the Security Council.

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Nabih Berri's Consultations - POSTPONED! 

Lebanon's Political Tensions Drag on as Dialogue Postponed
Speaker Nabih Berri has postponed roundtable consultations on a national unity government for a week, ostensibly because three key members of the political elite are abroad.

Berri told An Nahar that he preferred the presence of "first rank" leaders rather than representatives because talks among "second rank" politicians would slow the consultation process.

The new date was set for Monday Nov. 6 after Druze leader Walid Jumblat, former President Amin Gemayel and Parliament's majority leader Saad Hariri have apologized from attending the session that was first scheduled for Monday Oct. 30 for travel obligations.

 

Former President Amin Gemayel called the points that Berri wants to discuss “ the demands of the alliance of 4 parties which he named as Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and general Aoun” . He welcomed the talks but criticized Berri ’s agenda and insisted that Lebanon’s needs should come first in any dialogue talks.

 

Carlos Edde , leader of the National Bloc , also criticized Berri’s agenda . He said the agenda in any dialogue should represent the interest of all parties concerned if this is to be talks about unity. He added “ it is no secret that the agenda represents only the interests of Syria and Iran and their allies."

Eddeh also said “ It is strange that these same people that are now trying to shorten the term of the current parliament are the same people that extended illegally the term of president Lahoud by another 3 years."

Many political observers are of the opinion that there can be no government of unity if the whole purpose of the talks is to bring Syria back as the main power player in Lebanese politics …. The agenda at this stage clearly does not serve the interest of the Lebanese people.

Jumblat traveled to the United States on Saturday and will meet with top U.S. officials in Washington on Monday, the day the talks were first scheduled to begin.

An Nahar said Friday that Jumblat will meet during his visit to the U.S. with Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and David Welch, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

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Lebanese singer Elissa performs at a cancer benefit concert in Beirut, on October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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 October 28, 2006

Condoleezza Rice's Interview with May Chidiac - Video at the Top of this Page.


Main Points Below:

- United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with LBC's May Chidiac in Wash.D.C.< xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" prefix="o" namespace="">

 

- Once Again Affirms Strong Support for Freedom, Democracy and Independence of Lebanon

 

- Unprecedented, Steadfast, Firm, and Unwavering Support from The United States of America to the People of Lebanon.

 

- Urges Hizbullah to Disarm and Join the Political Process on equal ground with all Lebanese Factions - as called out by the Taef Accords, and UN Resolutions.

 

- Urges the Lebanese Government to follow through with International Commitments Made under UN Resolutions. Stop Smuggling of Weapons into the Country, Disarm Militia's.

 

- We will never forget Hizbullah terrorist act killing 241 Marines in Beirut - NEVER.

 

- Confirms Syrian Countinued Meddling in Lebanese Affairs.

 

- Freedom, Democracy and Independence in Lebanon once again gets American Support.

 

 

Condi Rice: Hizbullah DISARM Join Democratic Process!

"If Hezbollah wants to be in politics... Hezbollah should be disarmed. You cannot have one foot in terror and the use of violence and the other foot in politics. It just doesn't work that way"

"Hezbollah has to decide whether it's going to maintain its terrorist wing and remain a terrorist organization or whether it's going to ... be part the political process"

"I'm counting on Lebanon to live up to its obligations, and I'm counting on Lebanon to want to evolve to a normal state" "And a normal state has an army and police that answer to the state, not to a state within a state."

"We've heard that there are people who would like to intimidate or assassinate again," she said, referring to the 2005 assassinations of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and other anti-Syrian politicians. She did not elaborate.

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Bush: It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon

The US president said Friday he was aware of “speculation” that Iran had started enriching uranium in a second centrifuge network. “Whether they doubled it or not,” he stressed, “the idea of Iran having a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.”

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 LEBANON SPECIAL ENVOY TO BRIEF SECURITY COUNCIL, MEDIA

In response to earlier questions about the Secretary-General’s latest report on the implementation of Resolution 1559, regarding Lebanon, which went to the Security Council last week, the Spokesman said that Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the implementation of that resolution, will brief the Council on that report next Monday, in closed consultations.

After that, Roed-Larsen has agreed to talk to the press at the stakeout outside the Security Council.

Asked about reports that the violence in Gaza may increase, the Spokesman said that the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Alvaro de Soto, recently conveyed to the Security Council the Secretary-General’s concern at the violence in Gaza and his call for restraint and a halt to all military operations.

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Latest News

- Rice says Hezbollah must disarm join political process
- Rice to Hizbullah: to Be in Politics You have to Disarm
- Solana in Beirut to Shore Up Support for Saniora
- British Daily: High Radiation Level Samples Found 
- Portuguese UNIFIL Troops to Head to Lebanon
- U.S. to Rebuild Mdeirej Bridge Destroyed by Israel
- Israel Expresses Regret for Ship Incident off Coast
- Alleged Al-Qaida Suspect's Wife Condemns Search
- Still few takers for Berri's invitation to new talks
- German MPs demand explanation for clash with Israel
- Fatfat says tighter security will last until end of year
- 'UNIFIL won't disarm Hizbullah' - Russian def minister
- Rice tries to put positive spin on Resolution 1701
- USAID envoy announces start of work on Mdeirej bridge
- USAID chief 'deeply encouraged' by Lebanon visit
- French Socialist leader brings message of support
- Lawyer reports working for Syria on Hariri probe
- Solana upbeat on 1701 at start of visit with 'old friends'
- IT training centre opens in Lebanon town
- Lebanon: Statement by Ambassador Randall L. Tobias

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Latest Intelligence

- Israel has recovered 39 Russian-made anti-tank missiles, including the AT-14 Kornet and AT-13 Metis, from captured Hezbollah bases in southern Lebanon, the World Tribune reported, citing military sources.

These full articles in our  [ INTEL ]section

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- INTERVIEW-Christian leader foresees turbulence in Lebanon
- D'Ancona: Media Got It Wrong in Lebanon

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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) chats with Lebanese Christian Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Bkirki, east Beirut, October 27, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) shakes hands with Lebanese Christian Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Bkirki, east Beirut, October 27, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) speaks with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana during a news conference in the government palace in Beirut October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) meets European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) in the government palace in Beirut, October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (R) is greeted by Major General Alain Pellegrini, Commanding Officer of United Nations Interm Force in Lebanon at the UNIFIL offices in Beirut October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer (LEBANON)

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Lebanon's capital Beirut. Scientists studying samples of soil thrown up by Israeli bombing in Lebanon have shown high radiation levels, suggesting uranium-based munitions were used, a British newspaper reports(AFP/File/Dominique Faget)

Samir Geagea, former Christian militia chief, speaks during an interview with Reuters in his home in the Cedars in northern Lebanon October 26, 2006. Picture taken October 26, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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“None of us should try to have a foreign ‘outlet’ of cast a look across the borders, for this would cast doubts on his national loyalty and allegiance to Lebanon...”. Bachir Gemayel

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WCCR's THE LIST

1. Strong Supporters of Democracy/Calling for implemention of UN 1701 / Democracy in Lebanon Without Ploys

Walid Jumblatt
Samir Geagea

2. Strong Supporters of Democracy/Issue of National Unity stalling the  implementation of 1559/1701, which will undermine and destabilize current Government

Foaud Siniora
Saad Hariri

3. Questions of Allegiance to Lebanon/Pursuing Ploys aimed at Toppling current Government

Nabih Berri
Michel Aoun
Hassan Nasrallah
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Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch on WALID PHARES!

The rise of militant Islam both fascinates and terrifies Murdoch. He told me that he had been reading “Future Jihad,” a book by Walid Phares, an American political scientist of Lebanese descent, who warns that foreign jihadis and their American sympathizers are almost certainly mobilizing inside the United States. “These people intend to change civilization, and they are prepared to take a hundred years to do it,” Murdoch said. “We keep having to speak politically correctly about it, saying Muslims are wonderful, it’s just a tiny minority. They are not all terrorists, of course, but the frightening thing is that it is the children of those good original immigrants who are being brainwashed in big numbers.”

Murdoch takes a hard line on Iran, too: he supports the idea of threatening military strikes to prevent the Ahmadinejad regime from acquiring enriched nuclear material. “There are no easy solutions,” he said. “We can’t invade the place, so it’s a matter of bombing and probably killing an awful lot of people. If you could really end the nuclear program for good, you might be forced to do that. It would be a lesson to other countries.”

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Dr. Walid Phares testified Sept 20, 06 before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, at a hearing titled, "The Homeland Security Implications of Radicalization.” The hearing was at 1 pm ET in room 2212, Rayburn House Building. [Testimony]

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Dr. Walid Phares: Iran Poised to Be 'Mother of All World Threats' 

Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Walid Phares

By Andrew Cochran

This week's open terrorism-related hearings in the the U.S. Congress include a hearing of the U.S. House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation on the subject, "Gauging Islamist Terrorism." Walid Phares will testify at that hearing on Thursday, September 7th, at 2 pm in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Details of the other open terrorism-related hearings are as follows:

September 6, 2006
House Judiciary Committee
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Update
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on "Legislative Proposals to Update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (H.R.4976, H.R.5223, H.R.5371, H.R.5825, S.2453, and S.2455)."
Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. 1 p.m.

September 8, 2006
House Government Reform Committee
9/11 Public Health and Safety
National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations field hearing on federally funded programs that register, screen, monitor and treat individuals who were in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC) following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Location: District Council 37, 125 Barclay St., auditorium, New York City, 10:30 a.m.

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Aug 11, 2006 "As soon as a cease-fire occurs, the 'Hezbollah Blitzkrieg' will crumble the 'Lebanese Republic of Weimar' and install its own 'Khumeinist Republic' on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The consequences of such a development are far beyond imagination for the region and the world. Hezbollah would have paved the way for Iran to create the mother of all world threats since Hitler."

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CALL THE ENEMY BY THE NAME IT CALLS ITSELF

 
The Sun Sentinel
 
Walid Phares
http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?invocationType=imageDetails&query=walid+phares&img=http://www.floridaisrael.org/walid.jpg&site=www.floridaisrael.org&host=http://www.floridaisrael.org/walid_phares.html&b=image?query=walid+phares&page=2&userid=443bd88b-0021b-06f68-e4960c40&invocationType=imageTab&clickstreamid=5825325351697931650The organized campaign against the use by government of the term "Islamic fascists" is an indication that the War of Ideas is raging in the center of the War on Terror. In this clash of words and ideas, it is the education of the public, as well as the identity of those who do the educating, that will make a difference. The less informed Americans are about the enemy's ideology, the more Islamist pressure groups can attack the president, congressional and world leaders on rhetoric, blurring the public mobilization.

The term used by the president -- "Islamic fascists" -- when referring to the al-Qaida plotters in London, triggered a wave of negative reactions by Islamist lobbies, but also by moderate Muslim groups worldwide. The president most likely meant "Islamo-fascists" when he was attempting to expose the radicals. But Islamist lobbies were quick to "interpret" it as implying that "Muslims are fascists" -- an assumption which would necessarily elicit strong negative feelings from the Muslim community, moderates included. [ Link ]

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Interviews
Aug 13, 2006

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians who failed to proceed with political change: Despite an overwhelming mandate by one and a million people on March 14, 2005, the political representatives of the masses stopped short of removing the pro-Syrian President, brought back the pro-Syrian speaker of the Parliament, brought Hezbollah into the Government, and wasted precious time in photo ops with Hassan Nasrallah, while Hezbollah was preparing for a war to suppress the Revolution and crumble the Government."
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Aug 9, 2006

Dr. Walid Phares Interview

'The jihadists are a fascist movement'

Published: Monday 7th August 2006
First published in The Business

Walid Phares, the brilliant scholar of terrorism, lived through the worst of times in < xml="true" prefix="st1" namespace="">Lebanon,

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