Hariri Rules Out 'People-Army-Resistance' Equation, Says 'Only Death' Separates Him from March 14 Allies

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Hariri: We are now paying the price of Hizbullah's irrational decisions. almost 6 years
Hariri: The Syrian National Coalition took a brave decision to participate in the Geneva II talks and if there is something called terrorism, it is embodied in Bashar Assad. almost 6 years
Hariri: I support the Syrian opposition politically but I am not sending thousands of fighters to get involved in the war and return dead to Lebanon. I am against any Lebanese fighting in Syria. almost 6 years
Hariri: I have never said I want to return to Lebanon via the Damascus airport, but via Rafic Hariri International Airport. almost 6 years
Hariri: We are not against Iran arming the army but this did not happen. almost 6 years
Hariri: President Michel Suleiman is the person who worked on securing the Saudi donation and exerted all the efforts to help the army. almost 6 years
Hariri: Supporting the army is a defense strategy and the Saudi donations were never conditioned. almost 6 years
Hariri: When KSA supports the army, it means that the kingdom is supporting the state's institutions. It also supported Paris I, II, and III and built people's house after the July 2006 war. KSA said it wants that the army becomes the protector of all Lebanese. almost 6 years
Hariri: Moderation is embodied in the party that took the decision to enter Nahr al-Bared camp and end Fatah al-Islam. almost 6 years
Hariri: There is one Takfiri only and it is Bashar Assad. all his supporters are also Takfiris. almost 6 years
Hariri: Moderation is what get Muslims out of this impasse. Extremism does not serve anyone and accusing Tripoli and Arsal of terrorism is nonsense. almost 6 years
Hariri: Hizbullah chief Nasrallah must return to Lebanon and withdraw from Syria, and also hand over the suspects in Rafik Hariri's assassination. almost 6 years
Hariri: The Free Syrian Army is fighting ISIL and other extremists and hence, what is Hizbullah's mission in Syria today? It must drop the "fighting the Takfiris" justification. almost 6 years
Hariri: The people of Arsal are heroes and I am worried about them from the atrocities of the criminal Bashar Assad. I wish Hizbullah knew this criminal does not want any good for Lebanon. almost 6 years
Hariri: Where are the army intelligence forces in Tripoli? Why aren't they doing their job after a 19th round of clashes? almost 6 years
Hariri: Some people have a silly mentality as they refuse to work on an old plan to improve some aspects in the city just because each minster is asking for their share. almost 6 years
Hariri: Who is the party benefiting from the chaos in Tripoli? Whether from Jabal Mohsen or Bab al-Tabbaneh, the army must act with an iron fist. There are some third parties involved in Tripoli's clashes. almost 6 years
Hariri: Those putting the security of Tripoli at risk must be punished. almost 6 years
Hariri: We are exposed to being assassinated any day but we will not lose hope. We have faith in Lebanon and in its youth to elevate Lebanon's statue. almost 6 years
Hariri: I am with amending the constitution so that a president can run for two terms. President Michel Suleiman said he is against the extension of his mandate and I think he is the best representative of Lebanon, despite disagreeing with him at one stage. almost 6 years
Hariri: When we play by democratic rules, we avoid vacuum. The constitution is clear we should have several candidates, go to the parliament and elect a president. almost 6 years
Hariri: Saudi Arabia always wants Lebanon's best interest and has offered the army a 3 billion dollar donation to express its support to the state's institutions. almost 6 years
Hariri: We will nominate a March 14 candidate for the presidency and we want a president that rejects foreign orders and that puts Lebanon's interest first. almost 6 years
Hariri: We will not derange the presidential elections and we want to elect a new president. We are against vacuum. almost 6 years
Hariri: If it was up to me, I would form a cabinet that half of its members are females because they understand politics more then men and work seriously. almost 6 years
Hariri: Mohammed Shatah was a huge loss for me, my family and for Lebanon. He was a thinker and he had principals but knew how to work around them using diplomacy. almost 6 years
Hariri: Some things are unacceptable and today there are some positive vibes and we are responding to them. almost 6 years
Hariri: I will return to Lebanon but I am the one to decide when to come back. Each time I decide to come back, someone's assassinated. almost 6 years
Hariri: Our duty is to protect the country and to stand strong even after being killed. We will not leave the country. almost 6 years
Hariri: Hizbullah's decision to get involved in the Syrian war caused the explosions in Lebanon. almost 6 years
Hariri: Those who killed Rafik Hariri will be tried and will not escape justice. I reiterate that I am not covering the suspects in any of the assassinations. almost 6 years
Hariri: Our followers on Facebook and Twitter must know that I read everything they write and I tell them that I take decisions based on logic, not my desires, to preserve the country. almost 6 years
Hariri: We have no problems with Salam or with Suleiman regarding the distribution of ministries. almost 6 years
Hariri: We will participate in the cabinet with a positive attitude and everyone knows what is the policy we adopt. almost 6 years
Hariri: There were some positive signs from March 8. Suleiman and Salam must go with the cabinet's formation and of course there would be a rotation in the ministries. almost 6 years
Hariri: We are still communicating with our allies, whether the Lebanese Forces or with other parties. We explained our point of view to them and I hope Samir Geagea would rethink his stance on the cabinet. And whatever was his decision we are always with him. We will never leave his side. almost 6 years
Hariri: I am not the one forming the cabinet and President Suleiman and PM-designate Tammam Salam are saying that it will be formed this week. We cannot leave the country and cause the escalation of political tension or else I would be acting against Rafik Hariri's will and I prefer to be assassinated instead of allowing them to kill him for a second time. almost 6 years
Hariri: We don't have the power to create destruction in the country as we do not have weapons or explosives. But the others do possess these tools and can drive Lebanon to vacuum. almost 6 years
Hariri: During three stages when al-Mustaqbal party was excluded, there was an economic recession in the country because we are the experts on economy. almost 6 years
Hariri: I reiterate that I am not covering for the fighting in Syria, neither for gunmen or for the suspects in Rafik Hariri's assassination. These are things that I am not willing to change. almost 6 years
Hariri: The people-army-resistance equation is completely rejected and this is final. almost 6 years
Hariri: We insist on our stance and if they say they do not want to reconsider their conditions regarding the ministerial statement, we will not change ours as well. almost 6 years
Hariri: We do not want to impose conditions on other parties and they as well cannot impose their conditions while there are major constitutional deadlines coming up. almost 6 years
Hariri: There are major disagreements with the March 8 forces and what we want is to serve the people's interests. almost 6 years
Hariri: I have said before that I am in the March 14 camp and nothing but death will stand between me and my allies. No one should think will will form a four-party alliance. almost 6 years
Hariri: Rumors saying I will cover for Hizbullah's presence in Syria are not true and I am convinced that its involvement there brings chaos and destruction into Lebanon. almost 6 years
Hariri: Our participation in the cabinet is controversial and we will tackle disagreements in the council of ministers. Even if I am aware that Hizbullah will not withdraw from Syria and I will demanding it does. almost 6 years
Hariri: Bashar Assad is the one distributing sweets when a political figure is assassinated and we will not let anyone impose a cabinet on us. almost 6 years
Hariri: We perceived some retreat by the March 8 camp and we have asked several questions, on some of which we got positive answers. almost 6 years
Hariri: What is happening in The Hague is a very significant matter that can cause severe problems in the country. My duty is to use logic. I have said there are many disagreements with the March 8 camp, especially with Hizbullah, and I said we are against the third number of ministers with the veto power, and we support rotation of ministries and the Baabda Declaration, not the people-army-resistance equation. almost 6 years
Hariri: Al-Mustaqbal bloc does not want to exclude any party and our problem with the other camp is their insistence on the 9-9-6 cabinet lineup, and other conditions. We told them before that we are ready to give them the government they want but that they have to withdraw from Syria. We told them to form a neutral cabinet for people's sake. almost 6 years
Hariri: They accused me of abandoning the STL but it has become a reality and it is continuing its work. Other suspects may be revealed in the future. almost 6 years
Hariri: If I though about this matter from an emotional perspective only, I would not hold dialogue with other factions in the future. But I want to think from a logical perspective, thinking of what the late PM would have done in my place. almost 6 years
Hariri: I looked at the faces of the victims' families and I thought of what would I have had become if later PM Hariri was still alive. What would he have done if he were in my place today and was observing the trial of someone else's assassination? What would he have done in front of all of these proofs and evidence? almost 6 years
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in an interview on Future TV: Two days ago in the first session of the STL trial, lawyers mentioned who late premier Rafik Hariri was under surveillance whether near the parliament, in Beirut or in Faqra and I recalled that I was with him in some of his trips. almost 6 years

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Monday his total rejection to the people-army-resistance equation, stressing also that he will never abandon his allies.

“The people-army-resistance equation is completely rejected, full stop,” Hariri said in an interview on Future TV.

Hariri explained his controversial decision to take part in a cabinet with Hizbullah ministers.

“If I though about this matter from an emotional perspective only, I would not hold dialogue with other factions in the country in the future,” he said.

“My duty calls for using logic. I have said there are many disagreements with the March 8 camp, especially with Hizbullah.”

Hariri continued: “Our problem with the other camp is their insistence on the 9-9-6 cabinet lineup, as well as on other conditions. We told them before that we are ready to give them the government they want but that they have to withdraw from Syria. We told them to form a neutral cabinet for people's sake.”

“We are against giving them the one third number of ministers with the veto power, and we support rotation of ministries and the Baabda Declaration, not the people-army-resistance equation,” he added.

The former premier stressed that he insists on this stance.

“And if they say they do not want to reconsider their conditions regarding the ministerial statement, we will not change ours as well,” he stated.

Despite the disagreement with some March 14 parties regarding taking part in the cabinet, Hariri assured that he will stand by his allies “till death.”

“We are still communicating with our allies, whether with the Lebanese Forces or with other parties. We explained our point of view to them and I hope (LF leader) Samir Geagea would rethink his stance on participating in the cabinet.”

He assured, however, that he will stand by Geagea regardless of the decision the LF leader takes.

“We will never leave his side,” Hariri said.

The interview with the Sunni leader comes few days after the works of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was launched to try the suspects accused of killing his father, former premier Rafik Hariri.

“They accused me of abandoning the STL but it has become a reality and it is continuing its work and other suspects may be revealed in the future," Saad Hariri said, reiterating that he is not covering the suspects in any of the recent assassinations in the country.

He added: “What is happening in The Hague is a very significant matter that can cause severe problems in the country.”

“Those who killed Rafik Hariri will be tried and will not escape justice.”

Earlier in the day, Hariri told France's Europe 1 radio that while "the accused are Hizbullah members. Everybody knows it was (Syrian President) Bashar Assad who gave the order."

"For 50 years, political assassinations were part of Lebanese politics," Hariri said commenting on the STL's work to Europe 1.

"For the first time a court is trying to put an end to impunity."

Hariri also denied in Monday evening's interview covering Hizbullah's presence in Syria.

“I am convinced that its involvement there brings chaos and destruction into Lebanon,” he stated. “Hizbullah's decision to get involved in the Syrian war caused the explosions in Lebanon.”

Addressing Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, he reiterated calls for withdrawing from Syria and returning to Lebanon.

“The Free Syrian Army is fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremists and hence, what is Hizbullah's mission in Syria today? It must drop the 'fighting the Takfiris' justification,” he pointed out.

Hariri wished Hizbullah would realize that Assad is a “criminal that does not want any good for Lebanon.”

“There is one Takfiri only and it is Bashar Assad. All his supporters are also Takfiris.”

He also urged Nasrallah to hand over the suspects accused of assassinating late premier Rafik Hariri.

On the presidential elections, Hariri stated that a March 14 candidate will be nominated to run for office.

“We will nominate a March 14 candidate for presidency and we want a head of state that rejects foreign orders and that puts Lebanon's interest first,” he stressed.

The former premier also expressed that President Michel Suleiman represents Lebanon “very well.”

“I am with amending the constitution so that a president can run for two terms. Suleiman said he is against the extension of his mandate and I think he represents Lebanon very well,” Hariri elaborated.

Separately, Hariri called for punishing those putting the northern city of Tripoli's security at risk.

“Who is the party benefiting from the chaos in Tripoli? Where is the army intelligence? Why aren't these forces doing their job after the 19th round of clashes? the army must act with an iron fist.”

“There are some third parties involved in Tripoli's clashes,” he noted.

On his highly anticipated return to Lebanon, he said he will come back when “he decides it's time.”

"But each time I take the decision to return, someone is assassinated,” he remarked.

In his interview with Europe 1 radio, he had said earlier on Monday that "he will return to Lebanon for the elections and will one day become prime minister."

Hariri thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for offering three billion dollars in aid to arm the military institution, considering that the donation indicates that KSA supports the states' institutions.

He revealed also that Suleiman was the person who sought after the donation.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 52
Thumb lebanon_first almost 6 years

If you come back to lebanon and find a way to work with HA and build a coalitoin that prevents Lebanon from becoming a victim of HA's adventures, then you will deserve the premiership.

Your first step in doing that is courting the FPM. And you are doing just that. Keep at it.

Thumb lebanon_first almost 6 years

roar. I guess a compromise on the ministerial statement will determine the extent of their will to work together.

If that happens, then I definitely agree on your perspective. keep feeding us with positive news...

Thumb geha almost 6 years

I do hope m8 guys are really seeing this interview :)

maybe they will realize now that hi\bushaitan is something of the past based on the assurences given by iran to the international community :)

we are regaining our country :)

it is time to rejoice :)

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

totally agree with bani, only a neutral cabinet would do.
Hariri making 2 mistakes : cabinet with HA and coming back to lebanon...

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

Hizballa will murder him and they'll murder Geagea too. Mark my words.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Paula has intelligence and brillance, you have a total lack of both ya Bani. Lack of...whatever, :) :)

Missing people-power almost 6 years

phoenix: take the chip off your shoulder. Learn to move on, instead of looking to pick a fight.

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

Excellent source @mckinl! Do you believe in astrology?

Thumb geha almost 6 years

@mckinl

you are confirming part of my info :)
yes Bandar is sidelined as his current role is done after iran agreed to disband hizushaitan.

all extremists will be wipe out if they resist.

Thumb geha almost 6 years

has anyone hear about today's report on Syria?
a trial is on its way to judge the Syrian regime for crimes against humanity :)

Thumb mckinl almost 6 years

@ geha and ice-man ...

The entire narrative of Assad using chemical weapons has fallen apart with the new disclosures around Ghouta and other attacks. Which leaves the question: Who staged these attacks?

It has now become obvious that Bandar bin Sultan was the agent behind the madness. This includes the premeditated murders of hundreds of women and children hostages as was described by a Nun.

And geha this is why Assad will now be charged with crimes against humanity at this time ... It can never be admitted that the KSA through Bandar has committed such atrocities, this is the cover up.

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

Look @mckinl, I respect your views when it comes to the IMF and the Abyss, but when it comes to chemistry, biology, and astrology, please sorry!

Thumb geha almost 6 years

@mckinl

again with the cover up theories :) back to the kennedy assassination / :)

whatever, what is important to me is that hizbushaitan will be disbanded, and calm and prosperity is coming back to Lebanon.

Thumb geha almost 6 years

guys, the days of hizbushaitan murdering anybody are over.

this is a transitional cabinet, that will be followed by presidential elections, and the most important: parliamentary elections.

from here on, you will start to see rifts in the shia community, with people drifting away from hizbushaitan and a lot of moderates finally being able to come to light.

this will produce a different parliament at the level of the shia community :)

Missing people-power almost 6 years

Ice..... how can you compare Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NBC, and Time versus some unregulated blog that requires no fact-checking or accuracy?

Thumb mckinl almost 6 years

Oh please ice-man ... your list of US-Zionist propaganda were the same sources that said Sadam had nukes and chemical weapons after inspections.

These same sources had 40% of Americans believing Sadam was the mastermind behind 9/11/01 ...

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) almost 6 years

Beirut intl airport will be glad to receive u mr saadeldin

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

He is a good person and is well connected internationally, as well as having the majority backing of his community. Thus he is a good candidate for Prime Minister.

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

thefact the point of splitting the PM/President/Speaker is that so each community can elect a powerful executive. if we leave it all to a simple majority then Shia would elect all the executives (which has actually been the case for the past few years...Mikati put into power by 2011 intimidation and Pres. Suleiman in 2008 by May 7 events..)

Thumb thefool almost 6 years

I'd rather Have Hariri (or Seniora) than any other, (especially newly emerged Takfiris). I respect the Hariri legacy, especially the father, and "I am Christian". .. Had to mention it, otherwise I would have sounded Cliche.

Missing marhaba almost 6 years

The fool: Saying "I am christian" is a cliché in itself.

Thumb eli-g almost 6 years

If they have to choose between their families and their masters Lebanese will choose their masters always.

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

And that is sad but did u ever vote to some unknown independant?? Really?? Not to make points but if u did it is rare and if there is true indenpandants (or politicians) worth voting for...
Banana republic (not bc geagea used it i can't...) :)

Thumb eli-g almost 6 years

wait wait if they have a choice they will always choose money.

Missing watan-libnan almost 6 years

First of all fools he ( Saad Hariri ) is one of the most recognised people in lebanon. Lebanon relies on tourism as it's major income , lets see now who would you want to represent lebanon nasrollah as the face of lebanon yeah right lets see who else Aoun the epitome of senility, so if you look high and low the rest are all crooks and war criminals at least hariri is young and intelligent frankly i don't know why he wants such a crap job as lebanese PM its thankless and highly risky but obviously the man loves his country which is more than i can say for the rest of the rif raf

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

You remind me of Martin Luther King!

Missing TOKAIB almost 6 years

ouch!! you fools have hurt watan-libnan's pay-master!! shame on you lol

Thumb lebanon_first almost 6 years

The fact. I see your point. But i think, Let us HOPE Hariri becomes premier again. True, in the past, Saad made some mistakes. However, look at the alternative:

By definition, in all arab countries sunnite parties are extremists. (nahda, moslem brotherhood, wahabis, salafis...) Our homegrown lebanese sunnis are the most moderate. Partly because their shephard Rafic Hariri (RIP) was a moderate peace loving individual. And Hariri's influence will stay for a whole generation. Whatever happens. Because Rafic lifted tens of thousands of people out of poverty by providing them with higher education.

So sunnis will choose his son. And that is a good thing for Lebanon.

Thumb geha almost 6 years

there are assurances that iran will disband hizbushaitan as part of their agreement.
this is why he will come back.

Thumb lebanon_first almost 6 years

geha.

Any source? Else you are living in la la land.
"Disband" HA... waow....!!!!!!!!!!!

Thumb geha almost 6 years

OK, let us wait and see :)

did you expect hizbushaitan to back down for the cabinet formation?
well tomorrow you will hear about more backing down from hizzbushaitan :)
and each day more and more....

Thumb chrisrushlau almost 6 years

Someone on this page should use the word "equal". Note I do not use it in al Rahi's sense of "the thirty percent who are Christian are equal under the law, in terms of Parliamentary representation, with the seventy percent who are Muslim, and this is God's merciful will."

Thumb cedars2 almost 6 years

Its true Chris, under the law Christians are equal, that's the law that everyone agreed on. Since you're on that subject give the Lebanese that immigrated or live outside Lebanon the right to vote and your calculations will be way off.

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Or lets go for a secular progressist modern state (capitalism or socialism can be solved later..)
Who do u think would oppose?

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

It is the national Lebanese will that our Christian partners get 50% of the parliament despite representing less than this demographically...I think it is a good policy, since Lebanon losing its liberal character would be a tragedy. It is our main strength, and the only thing protecting our culture against the inner-land Arabia.

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

Since your name is Chris, I am assuming you are some American or Canadian or something who fancies himself a champion of human rights, trying to teach us dumb Arabs about democracy. Don't worry, of all the things Lebanon is doing wrong, giving the Christians more power is not one of them.

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

In fact it's the third seat, the second is bery's (or the head of the parlement, but it is with him for so long now...)

Thumb general_puppet almost 6 years

“The people-army-resistance equation is completely rejected, full stop”… No more BS motto!

This was a good speech by Hariri. If the militia wants to be part of the Lebanese government they have to accept the responsibilities that come with it. Let them recall their forces from Syria, Let Assad fight his own war. They need to disarm like Everyone els and their allegiance must only be to Lebanon not to the so called Axis.

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

Absolutely right on!

Default-user-icon Fondassio Blijak (Guest) almost 6 years

The guy forgot that he said he will not accept a government with Hezz ya Nawa3em wel sama zar2a. And you believed him right friggin on, absolute idiot.

Thumb shab almost 6 years

The people-army-resistance equation is completely rejected and this is final

Missing VINCENT almost 6 years

"The Free Syrian Army is fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremists and hence, what is Hizbullah's mission in Syria today? It must drop the 'fighting the Takfiris' justification." O.K., fair statement so long as your masters backed them 100% and address any and all legitimate concerns of H.A. for fighting the extremists in Syria.

Missing VINCENT almost 6 years

"Moderation is what get Muslims out of this impasse. Extremism does not serve anyone..." Well said. This is what all Lebanese must demand and practice.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Paula Yacoubian interviewing Hariri holds the same sway as OTV interviewing Michel Aoun and Al Manar TV interviewing Sayed Hassan and NBN interviewing Nabih Berri. But the average Lebanese person working flat out to make a living, who is asking him for his views?

Thumb popeye almost 6 years

It seems you have an issue with where the interview was done rather than the content. If you have anything against what he said then fine. Otherwise, your comments are nonsense.

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

This speech was impeccable. Some of my favorite parts:
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Hariri: Who is the party benefiting from the chaos in Tripoli? Whether from Jabal Mohsen or Bab al-Tabbaneh, the army must act with an iron fist. There are some third parties involved in Tripoli's clashes.
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“I am with amending the constitution so that a president can run for two terms. Suleiman said he is against the extension of his mandate and I think he represents Lebanon very well,” Hariri elaborated.
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“We are still communicating with our allies, whether with the Lebanese Forces or with other parties. We explained our point of view to them and I hope (LF leader) Samir Geagea would rethink his stance on participating in the cabinet.”

He assured, however, that he will stand by Geagea regardless of the decision the LF leader takes.

“We will never leave his side,” Hariri said.
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Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

1) Agree completely, and confirms my suspicion that Hariri and the political elite have agreed to face some of the extreme Sunni elements that have popped up (which will protect Lebanon's safety and maintain FM position within the community).

2) Agree, no need to further elaborate.

3) I was hoping for Hariri to make a statement like this regarding the LF. Forever the FM and LF are partners of the Cedar Revolution, the only ones who stuck to it 100% and never faltered.

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

let us put Geagea and you can make his power as strong as you want

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

still high?

Default-user-icon Marion (Guest) almost 6 years

How can you take Chameleon's and liars like Saad Hariri seriously? The man suddenly changes his words(not actions) and he is hailed as a hero??? Lool!

Default-user-icon Astica (Guest) almost 6 years

The 3rd party that are in tripoly creating these chaos are the ones u brought in Mr.Hariri

Thumb beiruti almost 6 years

Hezbollah will, of course insist on the People-Army-Resistance formula. Hezbollah engages in all sorts of illegal operations justified by its legitimacy as a resistance which is given by the Policy Statement. Hezbollah is even smuggling guns and ammunition from Lebanon into the Syria War and selling to the FSA at a maximum profit. So, Hezbollah is fighting on the regime side in the war, and is arming the FSA in the same war.
This is out of the Israeli playbook where Israel would buy weapons from the US and sell them to Iran during the Iran-Iraq War at a profit.
Hezbollah=Israel. There is not much difference in how they operate.