The Zionist lobby toppled the Baker-Hamilton policy

Via Voltaire Network 

• Collapse of Western hypocrisy over settlement
• The coup of the Information Branch and the hidden facets of the Telecommunications Ministry
• Syria and the defeat of the sabotage plan

Arab affairs

Editorial: Collapse of Western hypocrisy over settlement

Since the 1967 war and the issuance of resolution 242 and 338 by the Security Council, the international attempts to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict became the headline of the American and European strategy. And ever the since the signing of the Camp David accord between Egypt and Israel and the Israeli army’s occupation of Lebanon while supported by the North-Atlantic Alliance led by the United States, the content of these Western peace projects became the framework for Israeli hegemony over the region and the attempts to consecrate the facts imposed by the Israeli occupation over the Arab territories in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the occupied Arab Golan. Consequently, the negotiation efforts and the peace initiatives became political maneuvers, while the Oslo accord became a tool to liquidate the Palestinian cause. For their part, the Palestinians experienced the Western position which is in support of Israel, the Judaization of Jerusalem and the expansion of the settlements in the West Bank throughout twenty years of futile negotiations.
The new Palestinian awakening seen in the May 15 action on the Lebanese and Syrian borders with the occupied territories and the signs of popular resurgence in Egypt and Jordan over the Palestinian issue, point to the fact that the Arab=Zionist conflict will take new forms in light of the reality produced by the victories of the resistance forces which inspired the Palestinian youth to defy the Israeli security wall.
In his speech before AIPAC, American President Barack Obamatoppled the last illusion over the possibility of activating initiatives under the headline of the just and permanent settlement which constituted the content of the Western rhetoric that was filled with political hypocrisy during the last forty years. The truth is that the American empire is a mere Israeli colony whose major decisions are controlled by the Zionist lobby. Consequently, the Arab people and the powers of resistance and independence in the Arab countries must deal with the occupation of the land and the violation of the rights via popular and armed resistance which has already proven its efficiency and will prove it even further in the near future in Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

International affairs

Editorial: The Zionist lobby toppled the Baker-Hamilton policy

In light of the American failure in Iraq and the region following Israel’s defeats in Lebanon and Gaza, and in light of the depletion with which the Iraqi resistance afflicted the occupation army, the ruling institution in Washington produced the Baker-Hamilton document that set a framework to contain the failure based on two ideas. The first is to reach an agreement with Syria and Iran over the arrangement of the pullout from Iraq and the second is to try to get Israel to accept the settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the establishment of the Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan and the withdrawal from the remaining Lebanese territories that are under occupation.
When Barack Obama was elected as president of the United States, there were expectations in the region that Washington will immediately start implementing these inclinations. But now, following Obama’s speech before AIPAC and in light of the American hostile policies toward Iran and Syria, one could say that the Zionist lobby led by Netanyahu has completed the coup against the Baker-Hamilton document and made the United States adopt an aggressive policy to serve the project of the Jewish state and bury the idea of a just and comprehensive solution, by eliminating the Palestinians’ right of return and holding on to the new facts imposed by the Judaization of Jerusalem and the settlement activities in the West Bank. In other words, all the foundations for the talk about a Palestinian state were eliminated while the pressures exerted on Damascus, Tehran and the resistance movements aim at subjecting them all to the logic of Israel’s hegemony over the Middle East.
Between the popular turmoil in Egypt, the American-Israeli alliance at the level of the Palestinian cause and the clear failure of the attack on Syria, it seems that Washington will witness an uncomfortable stage, especially if the popular opposition voiced against the stay of the occupation forces in Iraq were to lead to a climate that would contribute to the escalation of the military resistance following the crowded marches organized by the Sadrist Movement and many national forces.
The next few months will force Washington and the Western capitals to urgently draw up a new document that would contain the failure, especially since the tests will be more difficult after Syria’s victory over the crisis and the Palestinian uprisings inside the occupied territories and along the Arab borders.

The Arab file

Egypt

• The Muslim Brotherhood absent from the Tahrir Square demonstrations. Egyptian activists organized crowded demonstrations on Tahrir Square on Friday, in order to demand what they called the fast transition toward a civil system of governance. For its part, the Muslim Brotherhood group rejected the demonstrations in Tahrir Square staged in the center of the capital Cairo to demand the hastening of the trying in court of the symbols of the former regime, thus warning against the possible eruption of clashes between the people and the army.
• The activists called for what they dubbed ‘a second revolution’ in protest against the slowness of the reforms and the trials of former officials charged with corruption and abuse of power.

Yemen

• Yemeni sheikhs and politicians warned against “A dangerous plan which might lead Yemen toward civil war in order to annihilate the peaceful revolution through the escalation of violence and infighting.”
• At this level, the secretary general of the Nasserist Party, Sultan al-Atwani, said that what was happening in Al-Hasba region between the authorities and the Al-Ahmar family fell in the context of a dangerous plan undertaken by the authorities to target the family and lead the situation towards confrontation that would achieve its plans to secure the breaking out of civil war.
He added that “this is a dangerous move by the authority to thwart the peaceful popular revolution. But this will not happen because this revolution is peaceful and will remain so no matter how hard the authorities try to generate confrontations and acts of violence.”
• For his part, Yemeni tribal leader Sadek al-Ahmar assured there was no room for mediation with Yemeni Oresident Ali Abdullah Saleh, pledging that Saleh will leave the country barefoot.
• In the meantime, tribal dignitaries allowed the shedding of the blood of President Saleh following the confrontations which have been ongoing in Sana’a since last Sunday and have left dozens of dead and wounded.

Palestine

Opening of the Rafah Crossing indefinitely

The Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip that is blockaded by Israel starting next Saturday, as it was revealed by the official Egyptian Middle East News Agency. Hamas welcomed this decision and considered to be “a courageous and responsible decision that is completely in line with the pulse of the Arab, Egyptian and Palestinian streets.”
• On the security level, Israel violated the prevailing security situation by opening fire on three Palestinian fishermen from a boat off the shores south of Gaza.
• In the town of Salwan south of the holy Al-Aqsa mosque, confrontations erupted in parallel to the inauguration of the Har Hazeetim settlement in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, with wide participation from Israeli leaders headed by the parliament speaker, a number of extremist right wing Knesset members, a number of ministers and heads of extremist Jewish settlements associations.
• And while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on denying the Palestinians’ rights while exploiting the blunt American support offered to his entity, the Palestinian official and factional levels agreed over the necessity to unify the domestic front as it was expressed by Islamic Jihad politburo member Nafez Azzam.
• In this context, Hamas said via its spokesman Sami Abu Zahri: “The practical response to Netanyahu’s speech is through the ending of the negotiations and the increase of the efforts to implement reconciliation as soon as possible.”

Libya

Libya under NATO’s bombardments

NATO sources indicated that the decision to use Apache helicopters –as it was leaked by French sources- was confirmed during the G8 summit in France.
The Libyan television announced that NATO was continuing to bomb targets in the Libyan capital Tripoli, while the pro-government Al-Jamahiriya television quoted a military source as saying: “Civilian positions in the city of Tripoli, including a technical school, were bombarded which caused human and material losses.”
• In the meantime, intelligence reports conveyed to British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi had become very paranoid, that he was hiding in hospitals at night and that his senior officials could not communicate with him.

Libyan sources: Gaddafi’s wife and daughter are still in Tripoli

Asharq al-Awsat newspaper carried an article in which a source denied that Gaddafi’s wife and daughter had fled Libya, after reports claimed that Gaddafi’s wife and daughter left the country via Tunisia and headed to Poland or Belorussia. Indeed the source said to the daily: “The reports of the international agencies are inaccurate. The two women are currently present in Tripoli and never left the country. The statements delivered by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this regard are a mere propaganda campaign against Colonel Gaddafi. As usual, Mrs. Clinton is getting her information from international news agencies and satellite channels. It is unfortunate to see the foreign minister of the most powerful state in the world relying on these sources.”

Bahrain

Between the destruction of the mosques and the arrests of civilians

The director of the Jaafari endowments in Bahrain, Ahmad Hussein, sent a letter to King Hamad Ben Issa al-Khalifa regarding the mosques and worship places that were subjected to sabotage during the last stage. According to the Bahraini Al-Wasat newspaper website on Wednesday, “the letter includes the names of 45 worship places that were vandalized and destroyed, in addition to the names of two burial grounds that were sabotaged.” A Bahraini martial court sentenced four oppositionists to one year in prison due to their participation in the demonstrations demanding reform, while the Bahraini youth association for human rights conveyed its concerns over a fifteen-year old young man who was detained and being tortured for that same reason.

Qatar

Qatar provides Israel with gas

Mohammad Basiouni, the former Egyptian ambassador to Israel, said that Egypt exported gas to Israel at much higher prices than the gas it exported to Jordan. In one of the national dialogue sessions, Basiouni said: “The gas and oil agreements will not be long-term ones due to their high cost.” He pointed to the emergence of voices in Egypt following the revolution calling for the annulment of the Camp David agreement and the banning of the exportation of gas to Israel, saying he recommended the continuation of this agreement to achieve a bond of interests between the two countries. He said that Egypt supplied Israel with 40% of its gas needs and that in case the agreement were to be annulled, Israel had other alternative countries from which it could import gas such as Qatar and Russia, indicating that Israel was willing to supply Israel with gas.

Kuwait

Call for Friday of wrath in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Al-Rai al-Am daily assured that while youth groups were preparing to organize protests next Friday with parliamentary support from different, the Interior Ministry assured it will not hesitate to hold accountable and pursue all those who try to undermine security, whether through illegal gatherings, the blocking of the roads or the obstruction of the work of the citizens.
And while a number of deputies announced their support of the demonstration which was dubbed by Deputy Muslem al-Barrak as ‘the Friday of wrath’, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ali Rashed assured that the government believed in freedom as guaranteed by the constitution, hoping that this freedom of expression will not undermine others.

The Israeli file

President Obama’s speech before the AIPAC conference was the most prominent topic tackled by the Israeli papers issued last week. For its part, Haaretz pointed to a noticeable rise in Netanyahu’s popularity following his speech before Congress, adding on the other hand that the opening of the Rafah crossing was one of a series of benefits which the new regime in Cairo was offering Hamas in exchange for its approval of reconciliation with Fatah.
• On the other hand, Maariv revealed there were secret negotiation channels between President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.
It added that Peres and Abu Mazen had secretly met in London before Peres met with his American counterpart, a meeting which most likely carried an impact on Obama’s speech. The newspaper added that Peres became extremely angry when he learned about the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The Lebanese file

UNIFIL targeted again

In a fourth incident targeting UNIFIL since 2007, 6 soldiers from the Italian contingent were wounded following an explosion which targeted a military vehicle on the coastal road in Rmayleh north of Saida. The security forces estimated that the size of the bomb was between 10 and 12 kilograms of TNT.
The incident was met with great condemnation on the Lebanese political, official and partisan levels, especially from Hezbollah that issued a brief statement in which it considered that the explosion was a criminal act and called on the specialized Lebanese authorities to investigate it, expose the perpetrators and sanction them.
For his part, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon harshly condemned the incident and believed it was unfortunate, especially since it coincided with the international day for the UN peace keeping forces.
Italy condemned via its defense minister and its ambassador in Lebanon the cowardly terrorist attack which prompted comprehensive and strong condemnation from the different Lebanese political forces that believe in peace, stability and democracy and reject violence as a means to settle a political conflict.

Nahhas prevented from entering his ministry

Minister of telecommunications in the caretaker government Charbel Nahhas, was prevented by forces affiliated with the Information Branch on Thursday from entering a building that is part of his ministry in Al-Adliye area, to monitor the equipment of the third Chinese GSM network. Indeed, the Internal Security Forces directorate did not respect the commands of the authority to which it is affiliated, i.e. the Interior Ministry, which had ordered it to evacuate the building.
This raised a massive wave of reactions, following which Minister of Interior and Municipalities Ziad Baroud indicated: “It seems to me that logic is on vacation after the law has become a matter of viewpoint. It has become clear during the last few days that the problem is much greater than it appears to be.”
He thus announced he was liberating himself from the Interior Ministry because he did not wish to be a “false witness” in the absence of the language of reason and not because he was eluding the responsibility.
• Lebanon celebrated the eleventh anniversary of the liberation and resistance while recollecting the historical accomplishments achieved on May 25, 2000 when the resistance – and in light of numerous sacrifices – was able to get the Israeli enemy to withdraw from most of the occupied territories in the South and West Bekaa without any restraints and conditions. Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said during a celebration in the Bekaa: “The resistance will remain loyal to its goals, its path, its sufferings and the blood of its martyrs.” He added: “Fear was in Netanyahu’s eyes two days ago when he was speaking before Congress about Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s missiles… we are neither frightened by Netanyahu nor by Obama and all their fleets. We belong to a land that has vanquished all the fleets and we are not scared by anyone’s threats, intimidations or accusations.”

The Lebanese affairs

Editorial: The coup of the Information Branch and the hidden facets of the Telecommunications Ministry

What happened at the Lebanese Telecommunication Ministry was a military coup or a rebellion against the law and the regulations in place, carried out by the Internal Security Forces or rather the Information Branch. In this context, the stringent position of Interior Minister Ziad Baroud revealed the reality of what happened, after a general director in his ministry refused to implement his decision to pull out from the building whose occupation he had ordered. It thus became clear that a security apparatus in the state is receiving its orders from a political authority, i.e. the leader of the Future Movement.

Had it not been for the stringency of Minister Nahhas and General Michel Aoun, no decision would have been issued to extinguish the rebellion and assign the Lebanese army to gain control over the situation, while the militia-logic would have continued to impose itself and raise dangerous questions over the future of the state and the institutions in Lebanon. This file with all its dimensions requires the formation of a parliamentary-judicial committee enjoying wide prerogatives, based on which it would be able to summon whoever it wants, interrogate them and open a comprehensive file that would pave the way before the instatement of accountability. If this is not done, the country will face more deterioration toward anarchy and the law of the jungle.

News analysis: Syria and the defeat of the sabotage plan

All the signals seen on the Syrian street this past week, point to the fact that the security incidents that were provoked in several areas were retreating after the state was able to extinguish the armed rebellion and fight the gangs of Takfir and anarchy. The rebellion attempts, as well as the acts of violence and terrorism erupted in light of protests which were provoked by objective factors and incentives but were exploited by political opposition forces representing a minority to turn them into an opportunity to impose a military control that would lead to a foreign interference which was revealed by Abdul Halim Khaddam in his recent statements.

The opposition which is linked to the United States and the plan aiming at sabotaging Syria fell in the weapons trap, thus provoking an overwhelming popular insistence on the national centralized state and stability. In the meantime, this opposition had dangerously fell in sectarian instigation exposed by the presence of Takfiris fatwas and satellite channels airing form the Gulf and targeting Syria through mobilization and the instigation of civil war. This led the opposition towards failure and the exchange of accusations and would explain the presence of major disputes within its ranks despite the American, Turkish and Qatari efforts deployed to form a political entity that would combine all its elements.
The retreat of the incidents and the emergence of new facts regarding the sabotage plans and the external and internal forces involved in it imposes the progress of the dialogue led by President Bashar al-Assad over reform in the next stage, in order to consecrate partisan and media plurality and instate new foundations for the parliamentary and local elections


 

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Lebanese Army Takes Control of Telecom Ministry Building

Lebanese army took control of a Telecom Ministry building in Adliyeh late on Friday.

“A Lebanese Army unit took control of securing the second floor of the telecoms building in Beirut’s Adlieh district and imposing security in the area,” according to a statement released by the army command on Friday.

According to the Head of the Internal Security Forces (ISF), Brigadier General Ashraf Rifi, an “agreement” was reached for the transfer of control”.

The step on Friday came after the developing events that occurred on Thursday between caretaker Telecom Minister Charbel Nahhas and the ISF unit that banned him from entering the ministry’s buildings.

A telephone network known as Ogero-Mobile was operating on the second floor. The system, which was considered Lebanon’s third GSM network, was established in 2007, but has not yet been made available to the Lebanese people.

Nahhas had previously posed major questions on the nature of the private network and the purpose of its existence, but all his calls for investigation had been snubbed.

In order to clarify the Ogero-Mobile’s position, the minister, along with a number of technicians, decided to inspect the facility in person, but was faced with the ISF.
Nahhas then refused to enter and left the building immediately.

In this context, high-level sources revealed that the security operation in Adliyeh region aimed at covering up a wiretapping process carried out inside the Syrian territories.

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MP Nicolas to Al-Manar Wesbite: Telecoms Ministry Incident Very Dangerous

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MP Nabil Nicolas to Al-Manar Wesbite:

  • What Happened in Telecoms Ministry Very Dangerous
  • Rifi’s Statement Untrue; Baroud Should Have Sued Him
  • No Trust Crisis with Miqati from Our Side
  • If Miqati Wants to Visit Aoun, He’s Welcome… Otherwise, He’s Free!

Member of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc in Lebanon MP Nabil Nicolas slammed as “very dangerous” Thursday’s events at the Telecoms Ministry where some 400 heavily-equipped members from the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch banned Telecoms Minister in the caretaker government Charbel Nahhas from entering the second story of the building attached to the ministry in Beirut. According to reports, a third telephone networks existed on the second floor; one that was established in 2007 yet not made available to Lebanese. The Information Branch’s behavior posed major questions on the nature of the Ogero-Mobile network and the purpose of its existence. MP Nicolas said that the incidents “signal a very dangerous development” and wondered who could guarantee that the recently-discovered network is not one for spying on the Resistance.

In an exclusive interview with Al-Manar website, Nicolas rejected the statements made by ISF chief Ashraf Rifi about a personal conflict with Minister Nahhas as untrue. He said Interior Minister in the caretaker government Ziad Baroud should have referred Rifi to the concerned justice authorities.

The MP found strange the news about Dar Al-Fatwa’s (top Sunni religious authority in Lebanon) intention to sue Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun for “inciting strife” according to a WikiLeaks document in which former Justice Minister Charles Rizq, not Aoun, was quoted. He wondered why Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohamad Rashid Kabbani only acted now, and was not provoked with slogans such as “the Sunni giant woke up”. (In reference to pro-Future Movement journalist Mohamad Salam’s remarks during the bloody events in Tripoli, north of Lebanon, earlier this year)

On the cabinet crisis, Nicolas denied the presence of a confidence crisis, at least from the FPM side. While wondering about the reasons behind what he described as “the battles launched by Miqati against Aoun”, he stressed that “no one asked Miqati to declare the cabinet from Aoun’s residence in Rabieh”.

WHAT HAPPENED IN TELECOMS MINISTRY IS VERY DANGEROUS

Commenting on the incidents which erupted on the second story of the Telecoms ministry building attached to the ministry in Beirut, Nicolas noted that the security forces deployed to protect the network did not correspond to the number of personnel usually deployed to protect an official building. He called on the judicial authorities to assume their responsibilities in this regard.

Nicolas urged Attorney General Judge Said Mirza to act, as well as the presidency and speakership. He stressed the need for all authorities to take action to deal with the situation. “Who can guarantee us that the recently-discovered network is not aimed at spying on the resistance?” he asked.

RIFI’S STATEMENT UNTRUE

While noting that all coups in the world start from the Telecoms networks, Nicolas slammed ISF Chief Brigadier General Ashraf Rifi’s comments about old problems with Telecoms Minister Charbel Nahhas as untrue.

Commenting on Rifi’s claims that he was carrying out orders by OGERO’s director Abdul Menhem Youssef, Nicolas noted that Minister Nahhas was still Youssef’s supperior. “Therefore, when the minister asks something which contradicts the demands of his employees, the minister’s opinion must be taken into consideration,” he said.

Nicolas stressed that what happened was “actually a riot”. He said that the FPM’s allies should be asked about their stances towards these incidents.

BAROUD SHOULD HAVE REFERRED RIFI TO JUSTICE AUTHORITIES

The Lebanese lawmaker said he had wished Interior Minister in the caretaker government Ziad Baroud had taken his decision to “refer Rifi to justice authorities first, and then let him do whatever he wants.”

He said that Baroud’s cry was “righteous, as he could not make achievements in his ministry while being pushed by President Michel Sleiman towards complete fiasco”.

According to Nicolas, Baroud’s statement was tantamount to holding President Sleiman responsible. “Baroud spoke about a direct responsibility of the head of the state who is believed to be the Constitution’s guardian”. He wondered “why the president did not order the army to evacuate the building from Information Branch personnel and end the riots”.

The MP denied the fact that Minister Baroud had no power to take a decision against Rifi. “After the Taef agreement, the minister became everything in his ministry,” he pointed out.

He rejected what some say is fear of vendetta against Rifi and other officials by the new majority in Lebanon. “Any officer who assumes his duties should not fear revenge. However, some should be questioned, especially in such a sensitive ministry.”

DOES CHARLES RIZQ HAVE ANY CREDIBILITY?

Nicolas tackled, during his interview with Al-Manar website, the news about Dar Al-Fatwa’s intention to sue Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun for “inciting strife”, based on the contents of one WikiLeaks document.

He clarified that the document was not about a meeting between Aoun and the Americans, but about a meeting with former Minister Charles Rizq who claimed the statement was false, given that Aoun has sued him.

However Nicolas did not doubt the accuracy of the WikiLeaks documents, but questioned the credibility of Rizq himself, whose experience with former President Emile Lahoud is notorious.

Nicolas also wondered why Dar Al-Fatwa was seeking to create a sectarian problem in the country especially that Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohamad Rashid Qabbani was not provoked by slogans such as “the Sunni Giant woke up.”

He also asked why Dar Al-Fatwa did not sue other officials who incited Americans against the Resistance and who frankly called for assassinating Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

NO ONE URGED MIQATI TO DECLARE CABINET FROM RABIEH

On the cabinet crisis, Nicolas agreed with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah that foreign pressures are delaying the cabinet formation. “Nothing can be said after Sayyed Nasrallah,” he said. Nicolas recalled reminded of recent visit by US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman to Lebanon and predicted “things could not be resolved following that visit and that something would happen”.

The FPM MP said the effective confidence crisis with Prime Minister-Designate Najib Miqati was from the latter’s side, not the FPM said. “We are the ones who gave him our confidence,” he noted.

Asked about Miqati’s refusal to announce the cabinet from Aoun’s resident and that he’s not willing to visit Aoun, Nicolas said that “no one asked Miqati to visit Aoun. If he would like to visit the General, then he’s more than welcome. If not, he’s free to do whatever he wants,” Nicolas said.

LET MIQATI TELL US THE NUMBER OF HIS BLOC LAWMAKERS

Asked whether it was helpful that Miqati and Aoun do not meet while they should be cooperating to form the government, Nicolas answered that “Power Minister Gebran Bassil as well as Hezbollah Secretary General’s political assistant Hajj Hussein Khalil and Speaker Nabih Berri’s political advisor MP Ali Hasan Khalil are dealing with the issue, and this is fair enough.”

The MP wondered whether Miqati was expecting Aoun to visit him on a daily basis “to be satisfied”. “No, this is too much for Miqati,” Nicolas said. “First, Aoun is a former premier who once enjoyed the president’s authorities. Even more, Aoun heads a parliamentary bloc, which includes 28 lawmakers. Let Miqati tell us how many lawmakers he has in his parliamentary bloc,” he went on to say.

Asked about whether he agrees with Marada movement leader MP Sleiman Franjieh who said that the new majority did not make a mistake when it nominated Miqati to form the government, Nicolas said that “the whole majority agreed on nominating him. However, love from one side is not possible.”

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Nahhas: ISF Information Branch Mounts Coup against State’s Authority

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Caretaker telecommunication minister Charbel Nahhas said Thursday that Internal Security forces Information Branch was mounting a coup against the state’s authority.
Some 500 members of the Information Branch prevented Nahhas and two managers accompanying him from entering sealed-off rooms in the ministry’s headquarters in Beirut.

In a press conference, the caretaker minister said that he visited the building on Thursday morning and encountered “400 armed personnel, military and civilian, with their weapons ready” when he tried to go up to the second floor.
“They had taken the second floor of the building and prevented the ministry’s technical teams from performing routine maintenance work”.

Nahhas added that caretaker interior minister Ziad Baroud was not aware of the situation and, once notified by the telecommunications minister, issued an order requiring the personnel to leave the building.

He stated that these units have not left the building and are therefore rebelling against the state, accusing the ISF Directorate-General of defying the Interior Ministry’s orders.

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Egyptian Spy Confessions Lead to Three Espionage Cells

24/12/2010 The confessions of an Egyptian accused of spying for the Israeli enemy have led to three espionage cells being dismantled in Lebanon and Syria, where an agent was executed in November, Cairo newspapers said Friday.

Tareq Abdul Razzak, the 37-year-old owner of an import-export business, is accused of having spied for the Zionist entity together with two wanted Israelis.

According to Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, Egypt informed Lebanon and Syria of his activities in recruiting agents after Abdul Razzak’s arrest in May.

The suspect has allegedly confessed that his two Israeli contacts had tasked him with making visits to Damascus with a fake passport and identity under the guise of business trips. The aim of the missions was to deliver sums of money to a Syrian holding a “sensitive” post with the security services.

Al-Shuruk daily said Abdul Razzak has provided investigators with copies of reports he had passed on to Israeli intelligence from a Syrian chemist working for the security services in connection with a Syrian nuclear program. The Syrian expert had been spying for Israel for 13 years, according to the confessions. He was executed in Syria last month, said Al-Shuruk, which did not give sources for its report.

On September 6, 2007, Israel launched an air raid on northern Syria that destroyed an alleged secret nuclear reactor.

The Egyptian trader is to be tried in Egypt’s High Security Court on charges of spying for Israel and recruiting agents to report on telecoms secrets in Egypt, Lebanon and Syria, a judicial source said on Monday. Arrest warrants have been issued for his two Israeli accomplices, the source said, without giving a trial date.

Abdul Razzak is accused of supplying Mossad between 2007 and 2010 with the names of potential recruits employed in the telecommunications sectors in Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

According to a court statement, Abdul Razzak’s first contact with Mossad was in 2007, when he received an email while looking for work in China. The same year he met the Israeli agents in Thailand, where the Egyptian was asked to set up an import-export business back home as a cover for his real work with Mossad.

Abdul Razzak also set up a website that offered telecommunications jobs in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, with the aim of looking for more potential recruits, the statement said.
(AFP)

Al-Akhbar Daily Publishes Tareq Al Rabaa’s Recruitment Story with the “Israeli” Mossad

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Al-Akhbar Lebanese daily published the nature of affairs of “Israeli” agent Tareq Al Rabaa for nine years, during his employment as a telecommunication engineer in the Lebanese Alfa GSM company, and how he was recruited by the “Israeli” enemy.

The newspaper mentioned the following:
The “Israeli” intelligence’s relation with its agent Tareq Al Rabaa exceeded locating the resistance positions or taking pictures of bridges, where Al Rabaa conducted telecoms network schemes, planned by the enemy.

In May 2009, “Israeli” intelligence officer, Leonel Martinez, and an “Israeli” telecoms engineer, requested from agent Al Rabaa during a meeting with him in France, to conduct a big project in Lebanon.

This project includes installing a tower, known as a “back bone”, on top of one of the buildings in the Mar Taqla area in the Lebanese Hazmiyeh region.

The condition was that old devices should be installed over that tower, which should be connected to the telecommunication headquarters in Alfa, Sin Al Fiel area, and in another third location, and in return, Al Rabaa will be granted $100 thousand.

In the beginning, Tareq said that it is hard to purchase and equip a tower with old tools and devices, but the “Israeli” engineer insisted on Al Rabaa, so the latter promised to do what he could.

When Al Rabaa came back to Beirut, Mar Taqla area, he tried to convince some of the building owners in the area to install a tower on top of their building, yet his requests were refused.
Al Rabaa informed his “Israeli” employers of the result.

After that, Tareq Al Rabaa went to an area in Hazmiyeh, 800 meters away from the first location in Mar Taqla, and there he found an owner who accepted his request to install a tower on top of the building.

In 2010, Al Rabaa was asked to look for a “back bone” that would connect him to the location of the mobile phone transmitter station, which connects Dahr Al Baydar and Beirut, in order to wiretap phones in the Bikaa region.

Al Rabaa was incapable of starting with this project, because Leonel retired, and before he was able to meet Leonel’s successor, the Lebanese army intelligence arrested Charbel Kazzi on 24-6-2010.

After Kazzi’s arrest, Tarq Al Rabaa was afraid he would meet the same fate, which pushed him to destroy all communication devices which used to keep him in touch with his “Israeli” employers, before the army arrested him.

His Recruitment
In 2001, Tareq Al Rabaa received a phone call from someone abroad, someone who introduced himself as “Michel Manio”, saying that he is talking on behalf of an employment company and works for a major international company.

Manio told Al Rabaa that he wants to recruit him in a very important company, adding that head of employee affairs will be contacting him to talk to him about details.

After a short while, a lady called Al Rabaa and explained that she is talking from a Finish telecoms company, and wants his help in planning and drawing networks. Manio called Tareq after a while, and invited him for a meeting in Cyprus.

During the meeting, Manio asked Tareq about the nature of his work in Cellis (which is now known as Alfa telecoms. Company), then introduced him to his manager, “Miguel Aydo”, who interviewed him.

Aydo then gave Al Rabaa the company’s website, and asked him to conduct a study about a specific type of telecoms network.

After returning to Lebanon, Tareq worked on completing the study, working on it two hours a day for two months. When he was done with it, he emailed Miguel Aydo, who asked Tareq to meet him in France, in 2002.

Tareq handed his study to Aydo in return for $1500, in addition to travel and resident expenses. Tareq expressed resentment to the low price he received in return for his study, and then returned to Beirut.

Couple of days later, Manio called Al Rabaa and told him that Aydo was satisfied with his work, but Al Rabaa refused to work for them.

Aydo then called Al Rabaa and asked to meet him in Holland to settle the misunderstanding concerning the money given to Tareq in return of his work.

In their meeting, which took place by end of 2002 in Amsterdam, Tareq met with his “manager” who then gave Tareq $5000 for the study, and both sides agreed on constant communication.

The following meeting took place in Thailand, and as usual, Aydo took care of the expenses of the hotel reservations and the flight ticket.

When they met, they went on a public bus, and then Aydo started asking Al Rabaa about the Cellis Company, with further requests on details about his work.

Tareq complained that he does not receive any promotions, and that he wants to quit his job, but Aydo urged Tarq to stay in Cellis, gave him $2000, and then asked him not to tell anyone they are meeting.

Although Tareq did not understand the reason behind this request, he didn’t feel suspicious to the extent to break up the relation.

In the testimony he presented before the intelligence investigators in the army, Tareq always mentioned the meeting in which Aydo did not request anything, although he gave him some big amounts of money.

For example, Aydo requested a meeting with Tareq in Turkey in 2003, and then gave him an amount of $6000. Al Rabaa confirmed that in their meeting, they did not talk about anything serious.
The following year, both sides met in France, but this time, in a more serious atmosphere, where Aydo introduced Tareq to Leonel Martinez, and claimed the latter to be the auditor of the company.

The year after, another meeting took place in France, but this time only with Martinez, who informed Al Rabaa that Aydo has passed away in a motorcycle accident, and from then on, Martinez will be following up with Tareq.

Tareq was subject to a polygraph machine test during that meeting, and was asked several questions, including whether he has told anyone about his meetings with Aydo, and whether he dealt with Lebanese security firms or with the resistance.

By the end of the test, Leonel told Tareq that he had failed in the test, saying that he was from the NATO intelligence, and wanted him to work for them, but they don’t need him anymore.

Communication stopped between Tareq and Martinez until March 2005, where Leonel once again called Tareq and asked him to meet in Athens.

The meeting aimed at restoring relations with Al Rabaa.

Martinez, along with another engineer, asked Tareq about the status of the Alfa Company (previously known for Cellis), and about the bids it’s conducting to buy new devices and equipments.

Tareq answered the questions, and then referred that he will do his best so that the bid will adopt Alcatel.

Three meetings were held between both sides before Leonel gave Tareq an amount of $ 10 thousand, and scheduled another meeting within 2 months in Copenhagen, hoping that Al Rabaa will bring more information.

In August 2005, Tareq met Leonel in the Danish capital, and a meeting was scheduled with head of the intelligence agency, a man in his sixties, who goes by the name of “Patrick Antonelli”.

Tareq complained to Antonelli about the polygraph test he was subject to, requesting an increase in the money he was receiving. Patrick promised that the amount of money will be increased, affirming to Tareq that his career future is with them.

Tareq told Leonel and the engineer that when he went back to Beirut from Athens, he was surprised that the Alfa Company was deciding on signing a deal with the Siemens Company, which has presented a better deal than Alcatel.

Tareq said that he argued with his Alfa manger, Felix Wass, and asked him to check all Siemens devices to know whether they meet the company’s needs.

Leonel then stressed on Tareq not to get into any dispute with the Alfa Company, and should do whatever he is requested. Leonel afterwards gave Tareq an amount of $10 thousand.

Meetings between both sides continued on being held each two months, in which Tareq gave out all information he could gather about the Alfa Company, and in each meeting, Tareq used to be given an amount of money not less than $8000.

In May 2006, Al Rabaa presented a detailed explanation for his employer about the back bone of the Alfa Company, in addition to a detailed map for all stations and all available information.

During the July 2006 war, Leonel called Al Rabaa, and asked him to go to the Alfa Company so that the administration would not think that he doesn’t care.

After war, Leonel Martinez asked Tareq to locate the damages that affected the telecoms network, and the locations which were bombed, in addition to Tareq’s car register number, which he uses in Lebanon.

Tareq did what he was asked to, and in the following meeting, he was asked to give the names of all working employers in the Alfa Company, and all information he could purchase about them.
Tareq Al Rabaa gathered the requested information after he came to Beirut, and then presented them in a USB device in the next meeting.

In 2007, Tareq set a plan to expand the Alfa Company, and gave his outline to Leonel.

Tareq also presented a study to the Alfa Company, to spread the Company’s towers in the south, where he proposed to adopt Alcatel devices.

In January 2009, Leonel brought along to Turkey a new engineer called “Collin”, who on his part requested from Tareq details related to the company’s operating systems.

Al Rabaa informed Collin of the new bid to install new devices in south Lebanon, adding that his company had two choices: either adopting Alcatel company for equipping, or to get the equipments from the Chinese Hawawi Company.

In this level, Leonel stressed that the Chinese company’s request should be rejected, and the old equipments in the south should remain, and if wanted to be renewed, it should be with Alcatel equipments.

The “Israelis” achieved what they wanted, for the stations in south Lebanon were equipped with Alcatel devices, the company which also equipped Alfa with devices for tens of stations in Beirut and its suburbs.

During one of the meetings, Leonel Martinez stressed that the southern network shouldn’t be subject to extra protective systems, in order to maintain the ability of wiretapping.

Tareq on this level told Leonel that Hizbullah does not use the mobile network, or the landline, adding that it has its own network. Leonel then said, “We have recruits all over the south, and we want to protect them”.

In May 2009, Tareq was requested to install a back bone in Mar Taqla, and when he failed to install it in the requested location, they insisted on knowing the reasons, which they did not believe any of.

In further meeting, Al Rabaa was subject to many polygraph tests, and was informed that he hadn’t passed any of them.

In April 2010, Leonel called Tareq and asked to meet him, along with another engineer, who asked Al Rabaa to look for a back bone that would connect him to the location of the mobile phone transmitter station, which connects Dahr Al Baydar with Beirut, in order to wiretap phones in the Bikaa region.

Tareq said that this request was hard, but he will do his best to achieve what they needed.

The following day, a meeting was held between Tareq and Leonel, during which the latter informed Al Rabaa that he will retire and that someone else will communicate with him via internet, and then Leonel gave Tareq $20 thousand.

Tareq Al Rabaa came back to Beirut, at the time when the Lebanese army intelligence arrested his colleague Cahrbel Kazzi, for the charge of dealing with the “Israeli” intelligence.
Tareq felt terrified, and then destroyed all devices given to him by Leonel Martinez.
Eighteen days later, Tareq Al Rabaa was arrested.

Tareq told the army intelligence, that he doubted that his employers were not part of the NATO, but rather were from the “Israeli” Mossad.
He said that he searched their named on the internet but couldn’t find any of them, but these doubts did not lead him to break up his relations with them.

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Fisk is holding his breath – As usual he never been honest in his Lebanon’s reports

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I found this BS in Palestinian Idiot Hasbara site, assigned to smear Hamas, syria, Iran, and indirectly Hezbollah

Lebanon holds its breath over leaked revelations

By Robert Fisk in Beirut

Condoleezza Rice Makes Surprise Visit To Lebanon

Rice-Feltman and Marwan Hmadi on July 24, 2006 in Beirut,2006 While Lebanon under attack

Friday, 10 December

Julian Assange may claim that WikiLeaks’ disclosure of US documents is for the good of the world, but in Lebanon they have had an incendiary effect. The Hezbollah party is using the cables as proof of UN involvement with Washington – and thus, by extension, with Israel – and politicians are desperately denying that they gave intelligence information to the Americans about Hezbollah’s secret communications system.

For weeks, the Hezbollah’s secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah, has been denouncing the UN’s tribunal into the murder of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri as an American-Israeli plot. He says that anyone giving security information to the Americans is an Israeli spy.

Beirut newspapers have devoted pages to the unexpurgated US cables, in which Lebanese officials revealed the names of suspected assassins to American diplomats, an act which – in this country – can end in a flowered coffin and crocodile tears from the murderers. Mercifully, opposing sides in Lebanon have chosen to accept the weird and unbelievable denials of those involved.

An outbreak of violence would be blamed on the Americans, not on WikiLeaks. (So it’s WikiLeaks, not Usrael???)

The UN tribunal’s forthcoming accusations – which may be mercifully delayed – have already caused the Beirut government to divide into opposing camps. Now the US cables reveal that the UN has indeed been cooperating with the United States, asking for aerial reconnaissance pictures of the Bekaa Valley and sending DNA samples from Mr Hariri’s suspected killer, Ahmad Abu Adass, to FBI headquarters for examination.

One of the most damaging reports is a conversation between the Lebanese defence minister Elias Murr and then US ambassador Jeffrey Feltman that his government had “intercepted conversations that link Fatah al-Islam [Islamic extremists who fought a war against the Lebanese army in 2007] and the Syrian regime”. Mr Feltman “urged Murr to share that information via intelligence channels”. ( And he did consequently….)
At a separate meeting, the Lebanese interior minister Hassan Sabah told Mr Feltman that “Fatah al-Islam is under the direct tactical control of Syria”.

Mr Murr has been the target of a failed assassination attempt. (A hint that syria did it)

Yet more dangerous still is a 2008 cable stating that former Lebanese telecommunications minister Marwan Hamadeh provided the US with maps detailing locations of Hezbollah’s communications network. The network, according to former US ambassador Michele Sison, “covers the Palestinian camps, and the Hezbollah training ca
mps in the Bekaa, and is penetrating deep into the Christian Metn and Kesrwan areas”.
Mr Hamadeh, who denies these details, had also earlier been the target of an attempted assassination in which his bodyguard was killed. (Another reminder)

Only weeks after this conversation, Hezbollah (On May 7th)took over West Beirut, after gun battles with pro-government forces in which more than 100 civilians died, because of the government’s demand (On may 5th) to break the Hezbollah’s networks. (THE ONLY NETWORK NOT CONTROLLED BY ISRAEL)

There are some details in the cables on Lebanon which are provably wrong. A claim by Samir Geagea, a right-wing Christian politician, that Iran had provided Syria with 15 submarines, was palpably untrue. Mr Geagea has refused to comment on this cable. (WHY?)

Another allegation – that missiles were smuggled into Lebanon on board planes carrying first aid during the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli war – is provably untrue: Beirut airport was bombed on the first day of the battles and never reopened until the conflict had ended.

Added to this is a cable showing that although the UN no longer believed that four Lebanese security officers imprisoned after the murder of ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri were in any way responsible, Mr Feltman wrote that he feared their release might prompt one of them to take “revenge” against the US embassy in Beirut. The generals, released much later, remained in prison.

All of this is causing the Lebanese to hold their breath for more revelations. And for those named in the cables to hold their breath even more fearfully.

“Sister” Syria is known to have taken its own revenge for much less. (Fisk is holding sister Syria, not Wikleaks, not Israel is responsible for the lifes of his friends in March 14)

As for the Hezbollah, their MP for Tyre, Hassan Fadlallah, says the cables prove “that the US is using the court and the investigation committee as a tool to target the [Hezbollah] resistance”. (He said as for Hezbollah. only Hezbullah, not the majority of Lebanese)

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Lebanon told allies of Hezbollah’s secret network, WikiLeaks shows

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Cable exposes deep regional and international concerns about volatile situation in Lebanon following 2006 war
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 5 December 2010 21.30 GMT 



Lebanese communications minister Marwan Hamadeh
Lebanese communications minister Marwan Hamadeh told the US that
the network covered Palestinian camps, Hezbollah training camps and
penetrated deep into Christian areas. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

 Lebanon‘s western-backed government warned its friends that “Iran telecom” was taking over the country two years ago when it uncovered a secret communications network across the country used by Hezbollah, according to a US state department cable.

The discovery in April 2008 came against a background of mounting tensions between the Beirut government and the Iranian-backed Shia organisation, which escalated into street fighting in the capital just weeks later.

The US document, classified secret/noforn (not for foreign eyes) exposes deep regional and international concerns about the volatile situation in Lebanon amid fears of a new clash with Israel following the 2006 war.

Information on the Hezbollah fibre optics network, allegedly financed by Iran, was immediately passed to the US, Saudi Arabia and others by Lebanese ministers. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy was “stunned” by the discovery, the US embassy reported.

The Lebanese are bound to assume that the information also went to Israel, for whom Hezbollah is a significant enemy and priority intelligence target.

The US cable is one of several that have been published in Beirut by the leftwing al-Akhbar newspaper which has apparently been leaked as part of the WikiLeaks cache obtained by the Guardian, the New York Times and three continental European publications.

Al-Akhbar has highlighted contacts between the March 14 movement led by the current prime minister Saad al-Hariri, the US and the Saudis, prompting denials or defensive reactions from those named.

Marwan Hamadeh, the Lebanese minister of communications, warned the US charge d’affaires of the risks involved after Hezbollah indicated it would see any action against the telecoms network as “equal to an Israeli act of aggression”.

Hamadeh also reported interference with Lebanese mobile communications by Syria and Israel.

The discovery of the telecoms system was linked to the demand, anchored in UN resolution 1701 but never implemented, that Hezbollah disarm after the 2006 war with Israel. Hezbollah told Lebanese intelligence that the communications network was “a key part of its arsenal”.

Hamadeh told the Americans that the network ran from Beirut, into the south below the Litani river and back up through the Bekaa valley to the far north, covering Palestinian camps, Hezbollah training camps and penetrating deep into Christian areas. He cited the Iranian Fund for the Reconstruction of Lebanon as the source of the funding. This group had been rebuilding roads and bridges since the 2006 war and had been accused of installing telecommunications lines in parallel with new roads.

Other leaked US cables underline the nervousness of the Lebanese government over the fibre-optics affair: “A … public accusation against Hezbollah would beg the same question as to why the government of Lebanon did not remove Hezbollah’s tanks, and entailed military risks for the government,” the embassy reported later.

“Hamadeh highlights the system as a strategic victory for Iran since it creates an important Iranian outpost in Lebanon, bypassing Syria,” Washington was told. “He sees the value for the Iranians as strategic, rather than technical or economic. The value for Hizballah is the final step in creating a nation state. Hizballah now has an army and weapons; a television station; an education system; hospitals; social services; a financial system; and a telecommunications system.”

Hamadeh has described the US cable quoting him as “a story full of slanders and fabrications” and declined to comment further to Lebanese media.

Lebanon’s defence minister, Elias Murr – reported in other leaked documents as telling US officials that the army would not involve itself in a future Israeli attack on Lebanon – said the allegations sought to cause unrest. “The information posted by WikiLeaks is not complete and is not accurate,” said an aide, George Soulage. “The aim behind this is to sow discord in Lebanon.”

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Resistance Triumphs Again: Israeli Spy Attempt Thwarted

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03/12/2010 Once again, the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon was able to prove to the Israeli enemy that all balances have changed…
Once again, the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon proved to the Israeli enemy and the whole world that the Resistance is strengthening day after another and that the days of undermining it have gone forever…

On Friday, the Islamic Resistance announced that it has succeeded in thwarting an Israeli spy attempt on its telecommunications network in Wadi al-Qaisiyeh near Majdal Silim in South Lebanon.
In a statement it released, the Islamic Resistance emphasized that the Israeli enemy blew up its espionage device soon after it was discovered by the Islamic Resistance fighters and technicians.

The statement said that the Lebanese Army has started investigation into the new Israeli violation of the Lebanese sovereignty.
The statement concluded by stressing that the spy attempts of the enemy come in the framework of the continuous Israeli assaults on the national Telecommunication network, which are aimed at violating and therefore controlling it, what constitutes a violation of the sovereignty.

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