Times of Israel: Ex-Mossad chief: israel (apartheid state) ‘dangerously sick’ under Netanyahu’s leadership

Times of Israel: Ex-Mossad chief: Israel ‘dangerously sick’ under Netanyahu’s leadership
Five former spymasters say PM eroding country’s core values, decry ‘pervasive’ culture of corruption under his tenure

Top row: Former Mossad chiefs from L to R: Danny Yatom, Tamir Pardo, Zvi Zamir, Shabtai Shavit, Nahum Admoni and Efraim Halevy. Bottom row: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Reuven Rivlin host a candle lighting ceremony for of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at the President's residence in Jerusalem on December 18, 2014. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Top row: Former Mossad chiefs from L to R: Danny Yatom, Tamir Pardo, Zvi Zamir, Shabtai Shavit, Nahum Admoni and Efraim Halevy. Bottom row: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Reuven Rivlin host a candle lighting ceremony for of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on December 18, 2014. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Five former chiefs of the Mossad spy agency leveled harsh criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, with one saying that Israel was “dangerously sick” under his leadership.

“I feel so bad about what is happening in the country, the corruption is so deep, so pervasive,” Shabtai Shavit told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily in an excerpt of a joint sit down interview ahead of Independence Day. “There are no red lines, no taboos and add to that the deepening rift among the people.”

Shavit was joined by Zvi Zamir, Nahum Admoni, Danny Yatom, Efraim Halevy and Tamir Pardo in expressing serious concerns about Israel’s future.

“As intelligence people, our most important skill is being able to anticipate the future,” Shavit added. “So I ask myself what kind of country will my grandchildren inherit, and I cannot give an answer to that.”

Ex-Mossad director Shabtai Shavit speaks at press conference in Tel Aviv on March 11, 2015. (photo credit: Ben Kelmer/FLASH90)

“It’s a problem of values, of divisions,” Pardo said. “We need leadership that is able to navigate between crises at the right places, but unfortunately, that does not exist today.”

Zamir, the oldest of the group at age 93, fired off the sharpest criticism of Netanyahu, saying the prime minister and his powerful cronies were only serving their own interests.

“I’m not sure that for the prime minister and the senior officials surrounding him that public interests prevail over their personal interests of more money and more power,” he said.

“We are dangerously sick,” he said. “Netanyahu may have inherited a country with symptoms, but he has ushered it into a state of malignant disease.”

Yatom echoed Zamir’s sentiment, saying it was unsurprising that Netanyahu and a growing number of his associates are under investigation for corruption, because they put their own interests ahead of the country’s.

Israel, he warned, was “on a downward spiral,” and called on the prime minister to resign.

In his interview, Halevy criticized Netanyahu, saying his “need for headlines and obsession with his public image verses running the country and managing its security matters is problematic.”

Efraim Halevy (L) is interviewed by the Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, February 26, 2017. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

“I think something very bad has happened to leadership in Israel,” he added. “There is a major flaw in the political system that everything that isn’t illegal is kosher.”

88-year-old Admoni said his main concern with Israel today is the growing rift between Israelis, asserting the divide between religious and secular populations was “worse than its ever been.”

“The divide just keeps growing,” Admoni lamented.

Nearly all of the former intelligence officials have publicly censured Netanyahu in the past, though the extensive criticism leveled against him in Yedioth on Tuesday was unprecedented.

The full interview with the six former Mossad chiefs will run in Yedioth’s weekend magazine, 7 Days, on Friday.

Netanyahu is embroiled in several corruption scandals and was questioned again by police on Monday in connection with the Bezeq scandal, known as case 4000.

The probe involves suspicions that Netanyahu, who has served as communications minister for several years over his past two terms as premier, advanced regulatory decisions benefiting Bezeq controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch in exchange for flattering coverage of the Netanyahus from the Elovitch-owned Walla news site.

In addition to Case 4000, Netanyahu is also suspected of wrongdoing in so-called cases 1000 and 2000, in which police have recommended he be indicted for bribery, breach of trust and fraud.

Police investigators arrive at the prime minister’s resident in Jerusalem to interrogate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, March 2, 2018 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, amounting to some NIS 1 million ($282,000) worth of cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer, allegedly in return for certain benefits.

Case 2000 involves a suspected illicit quid-pro-quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes that would have seen the prime minister weaken a rival daily, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in return for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

Netanyahu denies wrongdoing in all the cases.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-mossad-chiefs-israel-dangerously-sick-under-netanyahus-leadership/

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Michael Cohen Tells Court Trump Directed Him to Break Law

 August 22, 2018

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US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted he violated campaign laws at the direction of “the candidate” and his former campaign manager was convicted of bank and tax fraud.

Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating campaign laws at a Manhattan court and said he was acting for the “purpose of influencing the (presidential) election”.

Cohen did not name the candidate, but was working for Trump at the time.

He told the judge that he was aware of what he was doing before pleading guilty to the charges, admitting that he worked “at the direction of candidate” when he attempted to buy the silence  of Karen McDougal, a former Playboy playmate who has claimed she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2016.

Cohen also admitted that he worked “with and at the direction of the same candidate” to deliver a $130,000 (£100,000) payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to silence her claims about an affair.

Although did not mention Trump’s name, he was employed by the billionaire businessman, then a presidential candidate, at the time the payments were made.

Cohen’s admission came minutes after the jury in the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign manager, returned a guilty verdict in eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

The jury took four days to find Manafort guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to disclose his foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud.

Cohen is known for his previously close relationship with Trump, and has repeatedly been described as his “fixer” for difficult matters. That proximity means Cohen could potentially create substantial legal headaches for Trump, whose 2016 presidential campaign is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for collusion with Russia.

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A Decalogue: The Ten Theses of American Empire-Building: A Dialogue

By Prof. James Petras

Global Research, August 11, 2018

 

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Introduction

Few, if any, believe what they hear and read from leaders and media publicists. Most people choose to ignore the cacophony of voices, vices and virtues.

This paper provides a set of theses which purports to lay-out the basis for a dialogue between and among those who choose to abstain from elections with the intent to engage them in political struggle.

Thesis 1

US empire builders of all colors and persuasion practice donkey tactics; waving the carrot and wielding the whip to move the target government on the chosen path.

In the same way, Washington offers dubious concessions and threatens reprisals, in order to move them into the imperial orbit.

Washington applied the tactic successfully in several recent encounters. In 2003 the US offered Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi a peaceful accommodation in exchange for disarmament, abandonment of nationalist allies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In 2011, the US with its European allies applied the whip – bombed Libya, financed and armed retrograde tribal and terrorist forces, destroyed the infrastructure, murdered Gaddafi and uprooted millions of Africans and Libyans. . . who fled to Europe. Washington recruited mercenaries for their subsequent war against Syria in order to destroy the nationalist Bashar Assad regime.

Washington succeeded in destroying an adversary but did not establish a puppet regime in the midst of perpetual conflict.

The empire’s carrot weakened its adversary, but the stick failed to recolonize Libya ..Moreover its European allies are obligated to pay the multi-billion Euro cost of absorbing millions of uprooteded immigrants and the ensuing domestic political turmoil.

Thesis 2

Empire builders’ proposal to reconfigure the economy in order to regain imperial supremacy provokes domestic and overseas enemies. President Trump launched a global trade war, replaced political accommodation with economic sanctions against Russia and a domestic protectionist agenda and sharply reduced corporate taxes. He provoked a two-front conflict. Overseas, he provoked opposition from European allies and China, while facing perpetual harassment from domestic free market globalists and Russo-phobic political elites and ideologues.

Two front conflicts are rarely successful. Most successful imperialist conquer adversaries in turn – first one and then the other.

Thesis 3

Leftists frequently reverse course: they are radicals out of office and reactionaries in government, eventually falling between both chairs. We witness the phenomenal collapse of the German Social Democratic Party, the Greek Socialist Party (PASOK), (and its new version Syriza) and the Workers Party in Brazil. Each attracted mass support, won elections, formed alliances with bankers and the business elite – and in the face of their first crises, are abandoned by the populace and the elite.

Shrewd but discredited elites frequently recognize the opportunism of the Left, and in time of distress, have no problem in temporarily putting up with Left rhetoric and reforms as long as their economic interests are not jeopardized. The elite know that the Left signal left and turn right.

Thesis 4

Elections, even ones won by progressives or leftists, frequently become springboards for imperial backed coups. Over the past decade newly elected presidents, who are not aligned with Washington, face congressional and/or judicial impeachment on spurious charges. The elections provide a veneer of legitimacy which a straight-out military-coup lacks.

In Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela, ‘legislatures’ under US tutelage attempted to ouster popular President. They succeeded in the former and failed in the latter.

When electoral machinery fails, the judicial system intervenes to impose restraints on progressives, based on tortuous and convoluted interpretation of the law. Opposition leftists in Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador have been hounded by ruling party elites.

Thesis 5

Even crazy leaders speak truth to power. There is no question that President Trump suffers a serious mental disorder, with midnight outbursts and nuclear threats against, any and all, ranging from philanthropic world class sports figures (LeBron James) to NATO respecting EU allies.

Yet in his lunacy, President Trump has denounced and exposed the repeated deceits and ongoing fabrications of the mass media. Never before has a President so forcefully identified the lies of the leading print and TV outlets. The NY Times, Washington Post, the Financial Times, NBC, CNN, ABC and CBS have been thoroughly discredited in the eyes of the larger public. They have lost legitimacy and trust. Where progressives have failed, a war monger, billionaire has accomplished, speaking a truth to serve many injustices.

Thesis 6

When a bark turns into a bite, Trump proves the homely truth that fear invites aggression. Trump has implemented or threatened severe sanctions against the EU, China, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea and any country that fails to submit to his dictates. At first, it was bombast and bluster which secured concessions.

Concessions were interpreted as weakness and invited greater threats. Disunity of opponents encouraged imperial tacticians to divide and conquer. But by attacking all adversaries simultaneously he undermines that tactic. Threats everywhere limits choices to dangerous options at home and abroad.

Thesis 7

The master meddlers, of all times, into the politics of sovereign states are the Anglo-American empire builders. But what is most revealing is the current ploy of accusing the victims of the crimes that are committed against them.

After the overthrow of the Soviet regime, the US and its European acolytes ‘meddled’ on a world-historic scale, pillaging over two trillion dollars of Soviet wealth and reducing Russian living standards by two thirds and life expectancy to under sixty years – below the level of Bangladesh.

With Russia’s revival under President Putin, Washington financed a large army of self-styled ‘non-governmental organizations’ (NGO) to organize electoral campaigns, recruited moguls in the mass media and directed ethnic uprisings. The Russians are retail meddlers compared to the wholesale multi-billion-dollar US operators.

Moreover, the Israeli’s have perfected meddling on a grand scale – they intervene successfully in Congress, the White House and the Pentagon. They set the Middle East agenda, budget and priorities, and secure the biggest military handouts on a per-capita basis in US history!

Apparently, some meddlers meddle by invitation and are paid to do it.

Thesis 8

Corruption is endemic in the US where it has legal status and where tens of millions of dollars change hands and buy Congress people, Presidents and judges.

In the US the buyers and brokers are called ‘lobbyists’ – everywhere else they are called fraudsters. Corruption (lobbying) grease the wheels of billion dollars military spending, technological subsidies, tax evading corporations and every facet of government – out in the open, all the time and place of the US regime.

Corruption as lobbying never evokes the least criticism from the mass media.

On the other hand, where corruption takes place under the table in Iran, China and Russia, the media denounce the political elite – even where in China over 2 million officials, high and the low are arrested and jailed.

When corruption is punished in China, the US media claim it is merely a ‘political purge’ even if it directly reduces elite conspicuous consumption.

In other words, imperial corruption defends democratic value; anti-corruption is a hallmark of authoritarian dictatorships.

Thesis 9

Bread and circuses are integral parts of empire building – especially in promoting urban street mobs to overthrow independent and elected governments.

Imperial financed mobs – provided the cover for CIA backed coups in Iran (1954), Ukraine (2014), Brazil (1964), Venezuela (2003, 2014 and 2017), Argentina (1956), Nicaragua (2018), Syria (2011) and Libya (2011) among other places and other times.

Masses for empire draw paid and voluntary street fighters who speak for democracy and serve the elite. The “mass cover” is especially effective in recruiting leftists who look to the street for opinion and ignore the suites which call the shots.

Thesis 10

The empire is like a three-legged stool it promotes genocide, to secure magnicide and to rule by homicide. Invasions kills millions, capture and kill rulers and then rule by homicide – police assassinating dissenting citizens.

The cases are readily available: Iraq and Libya come to mind. The US and its allies invaded, bombed and killed over a million Iraqis, captured and assassinated its leaders and installed a police state.

A similar pattern occurred in Libya: the US and EU bombed, killed and uprooted several million people, assassinated Ghadaffy and fomented a lawless terrorist war of clans, tribes and western puppets.

“Western values” reveal the inhumanity of empires built to murder “a la carte” – stripping the victim nations of their defenders, leaders and citizens.

Conclusion

The ten theses define the nature of 21st century imperialism – its continuities and novelties.

The mass media systematically write and speak lies to power: their message is to disarm their adversaries and to arouse their patrons to continue to plunder the world.

*

Prof. James Petras is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

العبادي والعقوبات على إيران

أغسطس 9, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– لا يمكن أن يختلف إثنان في محور المقاومة، خصوصاً من العراقيين على أمرين الأول أن إيران مهما كانت التباينات حول طبيعة علاقتها الثنائية بالأطراف العراقية هي العمق الاستراتيجي لكل قوة وطنية عراقية مناوئة لمشروع الهيمنة الأميركية على المنطقة، وهي الداعم الرئيس لكل حركة مقاومة بوجه «إسرائيل». والثاني أن إيران تواجه اليوم عقوبات أميركية ظالمة بسبب هذا الموقف الداعم لخيار رفض الهيمنة الأميركية ومقاومة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لفلسطين.

– الأكيد أنه مهما كانت خصوصيات أي حركة وطنية عراقية، فلا قيمة لوطنية عراقية أو قومية عربية بلا هذين البعدين. وبالتالي فإن موقف الوطنيين العراقيين يجب أن يكون صارماً وحاسماً من هذه العقوبات الأميركية على إيران، باعتبار هذا الموقف واحداً من موجبات التعبير عن وطنيتهم وعروبتهم. فكيف إذا كان الحديث عن القوى العراقية التي بنت حضورها ورصيدها ونجاحاتها على الكثير من الدعم الإيراني في وصولها لسدة الحكم وفي نجاحها بتخطّي محنة داعش التي خطّطها وصمّم لها ورعاها الأميركيون، وفي طليعة هؤلاء رئيس الحكومة العراقية المرشح لولاية جديدة حيدر العبادي.

– بعض القوى العراقية تحاول منذ مدة تسويق نظرية مريبة عنوانها أن العراق في سعيه لبناء أفضل علاقات مع الجيران والتعبير عن عروبته وإسلاميته معاً يجب أن يكون متوازناً بين إيران والسعودية. وكأن أميركا و»إسرائيل» ليستا موجودتين. وكأن الموقف منهما ومن مشاريعهما ليس معياراً حاسماً في تحديد العلاقات بالآخرين وصياغة مفهوم للعروبة والإسلام، وليس جديداً القول إن رئيس الحكومة العراقية حيدر العبادي من الذين يسوّقون لهذه النظرية بل يعتبرون الانفتاح على السعودية بعضاً من الترجمة للعروبة.

– إعلان رئيس الحكومة العراقي حيدر العبادي عن الالتزام العراقي بالعقوبات على إيران مستغرب، أمام التضحيات والوقفات الإيرانية مع الشعب العراقي بوجه ما دبّرته أميركا وما فعلته بحق العراق، خصوصاً في ظل موقف تركيا العضو في حلف الأطلسي والتي في سجلها ارتكابات لا تُنسى، لكن موقفها من العقوبات الأميركية يؤكد استقلاليتها عن القرار الأميركي بقياس مصالح تركية أكثر من تحكّم المصالح العراقية بقرار الحكومة العراقية الخاضع للمشيئة الأميركية.

– لا أحد يتجاهل الوضع الصعب للعراق، ولا أحد يدعو لمواجهة العراق مع أميركا كرمى لعيون إيران، مع العلم أن معاناة العراق والعراقيين ناجمة بالأساس عن ضعف التزام القيادات الحاكمة بموجبات مكافحة الفساد قبل أي شيء آخر، خصوصاً أن العقوبات على إيران ليست بسبب خلاف أميركي إيراني على شأن ثنائي، بل هي مباشرة نتاج موقف إيران من حركات المقاومة، وعنوانها فلسطين التي شكلت تاريخياً عنواناً للإجماع العراقي، ولكن رغم ذلك لا أحد يطلب من العراق الخروج لمواجهة مع أميركا.

– الأحرى بالحكومة العراقية كان إذا كانت تشعر بالحرج أن تبادر بالدعوة لاجتماع وزراء خارجية لدول جوار إيران بحضور وتمثيل إيراني لمناقشة الموقف من العقوبات الأميركية التي تخرج عن القانون الدولي وتتجاهل قرار مجلس الأمن الدولي برفع العقوبات. وسيجد العراق في مواقف دول الجوار الإيراني التي تشكّل تركيا وباكستان الدولتان الأهم فيها واللتان تتخذان موقفاً واضحاً برفض العقوبات على إيران، وقد قرّرتا مواصلة شحنات النفط والغاز والسلع التي تحتاجها أسواقهما من إيران، ما يمكّن العراق من التشارك معهما ومع دول جوار إيران كأذربيجان التي ترتبط باتفاقية تعاون إستراتيجي ثلاثية مع إيران وروسيا تتضمّن خطوط سكك حديد وربط كهربائي. ويستطيع العراق القول أنه سيواصل استجرار الكهرباء وتسديد ثمنها لإيران رغم العقوبات الأميركية. وهو يشكو من توقف إيران عن تزويده بالطاقة الكهربائية، لأن حكومته توقفت عن سداد موجباتها طلباً للرضى الأميركي.

– القوى الوطنية في العراق، خصوصاً قوى المقاومة مطالبة بجعل عدم الالتزام العراقي بالعقوبات على إيران واحداً من معايير تسمية رئيس الحكومة الجديد، والرئيس حيدر العبادي مدعوّ لإعادة النظر بموقفه بكل محبة واحترام.

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ماذا عن مفهوم الوصاية والنأي بالنفس مع طاعة وليّ الأمر؟

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يونيو 1, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– ليس جديداً على لبنان واللبنانيين حجم الاهتمام الدولي والإقليمي بما يجري في بلدهم، وهو الواقع على الحدود مع سورية الدولة الإقليمية الأهم في الجغرافيا السياسية للمنطقة من جهة، وعلى حدود فلسطين التي أقيم فيها الكيان الاستيطاني الأشدّ أهمية في حسابات الغرب لمفهوم المصالح الاستراتيجية وحمايتها. ولا بجديد على اللبنانيين اكتشاف توزّعهم الدائم بين معسكرات دولية وإقليمية تحاول كل منها فرض رؤيتها للمنطقة وتوازناتها وتبادل الأحلاف اللبنانية الداخلية مع الأحلاف الخارجية بعضاً من المكاسب والخسائر. وقد اعتاد اللبنانيون على رؤية هذا المشهد وتصالحوا معه واعتباره غير مخالف لمفهوم السيادة، وحصروا في مصطلحات السياسة الرائجة منذ تشكّل الكيان السياسي اللبناني بعد الاستقلال، تسجيل المواقف والإدانات بتحوّل هذا النوع من التموضع والتحالفات والتأثر والتأثير إلى صيغة مباشرة لإدارة خارجية للشؤون الداخلية اللبنانية.

– لا يُنكِر حلفاء سورية في لبنان أنّه في فترة ما بعد الطائف وبتغطية دولية وإقليمية مثّلها الرضا الأميركي والسعودي تمّ تكليف سورية بإدارة ملف إعادة تكوين السلطة في لبنان. ولا ينكرون أيضاً، كما لا تنكر القيادة السورية نفسها، أن هذه الإدارة قد ضاعت فيها الحدود بين إعادة بناء مؤسسات الدولة بسماعدة سورية، وهو أمر لا يجب التنكر لمساهمة سورية حقيقية فيه خصوصاً في المؤسسات العسكرية والسياسية، وبين توظيف الدور السوري في حسابات الزواريب اللبنانية الطائفية والحزبية والشخصية أحياناً، وصولاً لتدخلات لا علاقة لها بضبط الأداء السياسي أو السقوف الإقليمية المتفق عليها للمعادلة اللبنانية. وتداخل هذا الدور أحياناً مع شبكة مصالح تقوم على صرف النفوذ، الذي لا يمكن تسميته بغير الفساد، وصولاً لما يمكن وصفه بتلازم الفسادين اللبناني والسوري، وتنكّر بزيّ لا يشبهه هو تلازم المسارين المتصل بالصراع مع «إسرائيل»، والذي جسّدته القوى الملتزمة بالمقاومة، وقد كانت الأبعد عن مكاسب السلطة المحميّة بقوة الحضور السوري.

– أطلقت القوى التي ناوأت سورية، خصوصاً بعد خروجها من لبنان على هذا الدور السوري وحقبته زمن الوصاية السورية، رغم إدراكها أنه زمن وصاية مثلث سوري سعودي أميركي. وقد انتهى مع نهاية التفاهمات التي جمعت سورية بكل من السعودية وأميركا وذلك معلوم أنّه عائد لتمسّك سورية بخيارات إقليمية رفضت التسليم بما توافقت عليه السعودية وأميركا، من مقتضيات الأمن الإسرائيلي لكن يبدو أن البعض تقصّد تبرئة أميركا والسعودية من الشراكة حماية لانتقاله إلى وصاية ثنائية أميركية سعودية حكمت لبنان بين عامي 2005 و2008، مع عودة التوازن الداخلي والإقليمي بعد حرب تموز 2006 وما نتج من تفاهمات الدوحة عام 2008. وربما كانت المرّة الوحيدة التي تفرّدت فيها سورية، هي التمديد لرئيس الجمهورية السابق إميل لحود، ومنذ عام 2008 بدأ مصطلح النأي بالنفس عن أزمات المنطقة بالرواج، بصفته علامة على الموقف السيادي والخروج من كل أنواع الوصاية والتدخلات.

– دون العودة للسنوات العشر وما فيها، تكفي الإشارة إلى واقعتين نافرتين:

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أن مفهوم النأي بالنفس لم يكن إلا السلاح السياسي الذي أُريد من خلاله منع حزب الله من المشاركة في مواجهة تنظيم القاعدة وتنظيم داعش في سورية. وهي مواجهة لا يمكن لأحد إنكار عائدها اللبناني المباشر في حماية لبنان من الإرهاب.

والثانية

أن الدور السوري خلال هذه الفترة كان يعادل صفر تدخّل في السياسة اللبنانية واستحقاقاتها الرئاسية والنيابية والحكومية.

وبالمقابل واقعتان،

الأولى

أنه للمرة الأولى يُحتجز رئيس حكومة لبنان في دولة عربية يجري الإصرار على نفي تهمة الوصاية عنها هي السعودية، وأن الموضوع كان على صلة مباشرة بكيفية إدارة السياسة اللبنانية وإجبار رئيس الحكومة على طاعة ولي الأمر السعودي،

والثانية

أن السعودية مارست علناً وبصورة نافرة تدخّلاتها في مراحل الاستحقاق الرئاسي. فكان الفيتو السعودي علنياً، مانعاً تفاهمات باريس التي جمعت الرئيس سعد الحريري بالتيار الوطني الحر وجمّدتها عامين، ومن ثم الاستحقاق النيابي. وكان كلام وزير الخارجية السعودي علنياً حول رفض قانون الانتخابات، كما كان الكلام السعودي علنياً عن ربط التمويل الانتخابي لتيار المستقبل بتحالفات تعيد إنتاج جبهة لبنانية بوجه المقاومة، وصولاً للاستحقاق الحكومي الذي يعيش لبنان تعقيداته اليوم.

– ليس خافياً أن زيارة الرئيس الحريري إلى الرياض ليست عائلية ولا للاستجمام، بل هي على صلة مباشرة، بتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة والسعي السعودي لفرض حصة متضخّمة لحساب القوات اللبنانية، واستثنائها من كل معايير التشكيل التي ستحكم تمثيل القوى الأخرى بما فيها كتلة التيار الوطني الحر. وهو التيار الذي يترأس البلاد زعيمه ومؤسسه، ويملك الكلمة الفصل في توقيع مراسيم تشكيل الحكومة. وهو التيار ذاته الذي بنى رصيده على كونه رغم تفاعله مع المناخات الإقليمية والدولية، بوقوفه بعيداً عن التموضع الكامل في ضفة من ضفافها، محتفظاً بهامش أتاح له أن يكون قادراً على الحديث عن زمن وصاية سورية، من موقع سيادي لبناني، يوضع اليوم على المحك في مواجهة ما هو أبشع من الوصاية، وهو طاعة ولي الأمر. فالتشكيلة الحكومية الجديدة إذا ضمنت تلبية للطلب السعودي بحجم تمثيل القوات ستكون إعلان انتقال للبنان إلى مرتبة أقلّ من المشيخة. ويبقى السؤال مشروعاً هل سنسمع خطاباً سياسياً عن خطر الوصاية المستفحلة التي تبدو التحدي الأهم الذي يواجهه لبنان، حتى صار للنأي بالنفس معنى واحد، هو مهاجمة إيران وسورية ومديح السعودية.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: US-Gulf Sanctions Ineffective, Confident of Victory in any Coming War

 

Sayyed Nasrallah: US-Gulf Sanctions Ineffective, Confident of Victory in any Coming War

Zeinab Essa

26-05-2018 | 00:37

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah confirmed that this year’s Al-Quds Day should receive great attention at all levels in view of what the Holy city is facing, especially after US President Donald Trump’s to recognize it as the capital of the occupying entity.

2000 Victory

In a televised speech on the 18th anniversary of 2000 Liberation, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that the anniversary is a very important and national one i.e. full of lessons.

“The heroic fighters, martyrs, wounded, liberated prisoners, general public, Lebanese Army, security forces, resistance factions and the Syrian army are the ones who are credited with this achievement,” His Eminence added.

He further hailed the Syrian and Iranian support so that the 2000 liberation was accomplished.

“This victory had divine, humane and moral aspects as the resistance remained steadfast in the major confrontations,” The Resistance Leader viewed, noting that “victory has shown that the enemy has lost confidence in its army and its agents.”

This comes as he praised the sacrifices of the Resistance: “There were martyrs that gave their blood and their pure souls. They left their work and their families and lived in valleys and in fear, and spared no effort to liberate this land.”

In parallel, His Eminence underscored that “the residents returned to their homes and fields, the captives returned in pride and dignity and security returned along the border with Palestine.”

“We are living in safety, dignity and freedom thanks to this victory,” Sayyed Nasrallah mentioned.

Ready for War

Sending an assuring message to the Lebanese and a threatening one to the enemy, His Eminence vowed:

“We do not seek war. However, we do not fear it.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that the Resistance is confident of victory in any upcoming war.

US-Gulf Sanctions Ineffective

Commenting on the recent US-Gulf decision to blacklist Hezbollah and its leaders as terrorists, Sayyed Nasrallah played down the step.

“The US-Gulf blockade on the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance, including blacklisting us, is not new.”

“The US and Saudi sanctions against me and my brothers do not have material effect, as we don’t have money in banks and we don’t trade through regular channels,” he elaborated, noting that “these sanctions aim is to scare people of meeting with us.”

On this level, His Eminence went on to emphasize that the Lebanese government has responsibility towards citizens put on US terror lists and must not abandon them.

“The Lebanese government had a responsibility to all its citizens placed on US terror lists and that some of those affected were not affiliated and did not give money to Hezbollah. As they’re Lebanese citizens, the Government should defend their rights. They should reject the sanctions,” he confirmed.

Warning that this is a US-“Israeli” course and that the Gulf states are taking part in it, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that “sanctions, the terrorism lists, the blockage, and so on are part of the battle.”

“When you defeat the invincible “Israeli” army, when you advance a cultural change in the region, and stand in as an obstacle in the way of US and “Israel” schemes in the region and contribute to foiling them, it is natural that the s enemy will threaten you,” he explained.

Sayyed Nasrallah also mentioned that

“Blacklisting Hezbollah aims at scaring the allies and pushing them away from the resistance as well as drying up the Resistance’s funding sources and they’ve been seeking this since the 1990’s.”

“Resistance fighters deserved victory in 2000 and 2006 as they had honesty and made enormous sacrifice in their battles against the enemy,” he stated, noting that “when the enemies face popular resistance, they will not be able to defeat i. They will lose their battles.”

In addition, Hezbollah Secretary General praised the fact that people from diverse Lebanese societies proved their loyalty to the Resistance by voting in favor of Hezbollah during May 6 parliamentary elections.

On Syria…

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Syrian leadership and people on the liberation of Damascus and its entire countryside.

“I had previously said that the Syrian leadership and their allies would not let Damascus fall, whatever the sacrifice. Today, we also turn to Syria, its army, its people and its allies to welcome the liberation of Damascus in its entirety,” he added.

Morroco’s No Evidence

Regarding Morocco’s fabrications against Hezbollah, His Eminence stressed that there is no political relationship between Hezbollah and the Polisario, and there is no communication between the two sides

“The pressures on Iran are also part of this course,” he said, pointing out that “the Moroccan foreign minister has not offered any evidence to his Iranian counterpart backing his accusations.”

To Fight Corruption

On the internal level, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that

“Terrorism lists won’t delay formation of Lebanese government.”

“We are calling for a speedy government formation because this is in the country’s interest and because there are major files that need to be addressed and the all the developments in the region are in our favor,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

He further unveiled that “Hezbollah will not put forward a candidate to head any of Lebanon’s key ministries.”

“Hezbollah didn’t and will not demand having one of the so-called sovereign ministerial portfolios,” His Eminence stressed.

According to him, There are parties with whom we may disagree strategically, but nothing prevents from cooperating with them in fighting corruption.

“We look forward to a cabinet which would represent politicians from all factions and parties. It is important for Hezbollah to have a constructive presence in the new cabinet. Our fight against corruption is a serious and major battle, and it completes what happened in the 2000 liberation,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, revealing that “among the brother MPs in the ‘Loyalty to the Resistance bloc’, we chose MP Hassan Fadlallah to follow up the file against corruption.”

Source: Al-Ahed 

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