Hizbullah Says Dialogue Must Be on Defense Strategy, Not Arms
Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Hassan Fadlallah on Thursday said that Hizbullah was willing to engage in a national dialogue “on the basis of building a defense strategy for Lebanon, but not on the basis of dialogue over the Resistance and its weapons.”
“Because we don’t believe there’s a dialogue topic called weapons or the Resistance,” Fadlallah added, stressing Hizbullah’s keenness on “rapprochement, cooperation and understanding” among the Lebanese.
“We have always said ‘come to the dialogue table and demonstrate what you have and we will confront argument with argument and evidence with evidence’,” the Hizbullah lawmaker said, addressing the rival March 14 camp.
“Those who would usually evade dialogue are the ones who have no rationale or valid arguments,” Fadlallah added, accusing the rival camp of “avoiding dialogue through … creating an uproar and waging a distortion campaign.”
“Can this camp offer guarantees to any Lebanese that Israel would not attack Lebanon another time? Can it say that there is a formula in Lebanon that is capable of protecting the country other than the army-people-Resistance formula? Can it offer us a defense strategy for protecting Lebanon?”
Fadlallah stressed that no one in Lebanon or outside Lebanon can change the so-called army-people-Resistance formula.
The other camp “chose to step down from power when it contributed to drafting the unjust (Special Tribunal for Lebanon) indictment,” the legislator added.
“Today, we can confidently and sternly say that this tribunal -- through which they wanted to target, harm and distort the image of the Resistance – has disintegrated and fallen apart, and no one can employ it any longer to create political changes in Lebanon,” Fadlallah said.