Jumblat to Nasrallah: Palestinians Should Be Allowed to Decide their Fate Themselves
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat noted on Monday that years ago Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has sought to liberate all of Lebanese occupied territory, but the party is now seeking to liberate the whole of Palestine from Israeli occupation.
He said in response to Nasrallah's recent speech: “Let the Palestinians decide their fate themselves.”
He made his remarks in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website.
“We back Nasrallah's call to liberate Lebanese land, meaning the Shebaa Farms, but Palestinians should be left to decide Palestine's fate,” he added.
During a speech on Friday, Nasrallah had declared: “Entire Palestine, from the sea to the river, must return to its people. No one in the world, no king, prince, sayyed, leader, president or state has the right to give up a single grain of sand of Palestine's land.”
He added that Hizbullah will continue to “protect our country alongside the national Lebanese army" and that it will not "abandon Palestine.”
Addressing local developments, Jumblat lamented the failure to form a new government, warning of the spread of vacuum in a number of officials posts.
“The National Struggle Front believes that the political deadlock can no longer continue, especially ahead of next year's presidential elections,” he stressed.
“The Front is therefore studying a number of solutions that may help end the deadlock away from theories of conspiracies,” he stated.
On this note, the MP praised former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's recent initiative in which he voiced his readiness to resume dialogue with or without the formation of a new government in order to resolve pending disputes, most notably devising a national defense strategy.
Hariri announced this position during a speech on Friday.
Moreover, Jumblat lauded Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's recent remarks in support of President Michel Suleiman.
Aoun had voiced last week his rejection of media campaigns against Suleiman, saying that despite differences in positions, the presidency should not be targeted in such a “debased” manner.