Jumblat Says Power Ships to Blame for Deficit, Not Refugees

W300

Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat stressed Monday that the Turkish power ships are “the main reason behind the budget deficit” and not the presence of Syrian refugees.

“Enough with the underestimation of people's intelligence by saying that the Lebanese economy could collapse due to the presence of the homeless Syrians,” Jumblat tweeted.

“Stop that cheap racist campaign. As if the collapse is needed in order to weaken Lebanon, impoverish it and keep it vulnerable without any immunity after Daraa was handed over to the (Syrian) regime,” he added.

“Put an end to the Turkish (power) ships, which are the main reason behind the budget deficit,” Jumblat went on to say.

Comments 16
Missing phillipo 3 months

Years ago you could have made peace with Israel and then amongst other things joined her National Electricity Grid and could have saved Lebanon millions.

Thumb s.o.s 3 months

In Lebanon, politicians fill their pockets with ports, fuel, and power ships. There are no biddings and transparency, the person who negotiates with XYZ is the one making hundreds of millions, and for some billions of dollars. They’re don’t want people to save money because they also control the generators mafias. SME specialized in these generators offer power subscriptions for amps, 5/10/15/20 and so on. These mafias are directly controlled by the warlords and the political class, they don’t want he state to provide 24/7 because they’d lose money. That’s how rotten Lebanon is and frankly, you Israelis can steal our oil, because it’ll at least benefit millions of people. If Lebanon gets to extract it, we won’t get a nickel on the dollar.... take it, cadeau, free of charge.

Missing bigjohn 3 months

Criminal Settler thief!

Thumb ado.australia 3 months

Phillips, true but the 200k Palestinians that Zionist Israel expelled into Lebanon that caused the civil war and destroyed our nation are still stuck and exiled in Lebanon! Without these Palestinian refugees and the PLO exiled from Jordan, Lebanon would not need Israel’s power grid! We would not have idiot Lebanese blaming the Lebanese government for the strain on national resources and threatening national security... just like how now we have the same idiotic Lebanese politicians blaming the lebanese government for trying to provide electricity instead of acknowledging the strain that 1.5 million refugees have on our infrustructure!

Missing phillipo 3 months

Ado. How about checking your historical dates.
The Lebanese left their homes in Israel in 1948. When exactly did the Civil War break out? Years and years later so there is no connection.
On the other hand if Lebanon would have absorbed them letting them live a free life working as they wished then they wouldn't have been a strain on the national economy. On top of that remember if they had money it would have been quite feasible that many of them would have emigrated to other countries, perhaps even following you to Australia.

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

Phillipo peace works both ways, if Israel sees a huge advantage in a peace agreement with Lebanon then it would have happened by now. Israel was able to broker a far more complex peace agreement with Egypt and Jordan, but only because it wanted to. Lebanon possibly had little to offer or that Israel sees an advantage to Lebanons predicament.

Missing phillipo 3 months

Do you forget that in the late 1980's a preliminary draft for a peace treaty was signed between Lebanon and Israel, but when the Lebanese delegation returned to Beirut your then Syrian occupiers tore it up in your faces.

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

That was not a comprehensive peace Phillipo. I remember quite well it was based on agreement with a segment of the Lebanese and not in its entirety. A proper peace agreement would need to include all the Lebanese just like it did in Egypt. Israel is quite resourceful and influential on the global political arena and is quite capable of making it a reality. At the time too if you recall there was not a true consensus in Israel over this agreement and it was never really ratified by all there either.

Thumb ado.australia 3 months

Phillipo, your Israel caused the fire! Only way for real peace is when all the Palestinians exiled into Lebanon can return or leave Lebanon. Leave Shebaa Farms with no more Palestinians in Lebanon and there is undisputable peace with Lebanon. Stop destroying Lebanese infrastructure every 10 years or threatening our Mediterranean gas fields and there is peace with Lebanon! Peace is not difficult

Missing bigjohn 3 months

Mandela and the ANC did not become famous and brought down Apartheid by making peace with it. Mandela continued to demand an end to colonial rule after many decades of western support of Apartheid. Mandela's ANC made sure they necklaced any indigenous collaborators.

The settlers cannot get ANY electricity and water without STEALING the land and and it's resources from the NATIVES.

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

Big John Africa is a huge nation and would welcome your proven approach of war mongering there. After all wars in the Middle East have proven very effective in the last 80 years and as you can see each Arab country prospers with peace, culture and a very progressive future due to these wars. Go ahead migrate to Africa and create you very own Crescent of war, I am sure your peaceful nation of Iran would love to contribute its loving efforts.

Thumb patriotic 3 months

no peace with a terrorist state which uses its army as snipers to kill children and women in Gaza.

hezbollah leader asked the zionist occupiers to leave peacefully to where they came from, the contrary the Palestinians one day will be majority and will vanish them, no one in Middle East will run to help nor recieve them.

whyaskwhy, the problem is Israel and traitors like you which allow such entity to be within middle east, a middle east which was prosper and efctive beofre the proceso of colonization and later occupation of Palestine..... so, to be prosper again, the arab must get rid of Israel and "fellows" like you and avoide more colonization.

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

Dear Patriotic,
As you obviously are not aware from the region's history Syria was ruled by the ottomans between the 16th century till its dissolution in 1922. During that era Syria was not in a glorious era as per your delusion but rather a ruled satellite state that was in a constant state of war within itself and its neighbors. The area saw several genocides during that period not to mention the great famine of Lebanon between 1915 and 1918 which half the population died. So please before you preach I would suggest that you try read a bit about the areas so called glorious past before you try preach to the rest of us. On the topic of traitors I support Lebanon and not Palestine nor Iran, not your Khomayni or religious zealots who have an easy time brain washing kids like you.

Thumb patriotic 3 months

the period you mention belongs to colonial time too .... before, the arab were great.... try to expand your knowledge...

Missing phillipo 3 months

Question to ado.australia and patriotic.
From 1948 to 1967 the West Bank was occupied by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Gaza Strip was occupies by the Kingdom (later Republic) of Egypt.
So my question is why did these two countries for those 19 years not allow the refugees to return to their homes in the occupied territories?

Thumb whyaskwhy 3 months

Phillipo your wasting your time on an ignorant child who thinks the Ottoman was a European nation and that the Arabs had it great during the last era. As the old adage goes when arguing with a fool prepare to lower your standards to his and lose.