Nasrallah's dilemma over Hariri probe
Should the Hezbollah chief agree to hand over evidence that, as he alleges, proves Israel murdered former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri or not?
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is facing a dilemma this week: Should he agree to hand over evidence that, as he alleges, proves Israel murdered former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri or not?
The charges Nasrallah has made - which were aimed more at the credibility of the international tribunal investigating the assassination than at Israel - are beginning to turn against him. Immediately after the leader of the Shi'ite Muslim organization appeared on television with "evidence," Daniel Bellemare, who heads the United Nation's International Independent Investigation Commission, asked the Lebanese government to relay any additional evidence in its possession.
Bellemare, looking to ensure that the credibility and independence of the commission he heads is retained unblemished, turned the tables on Nasrallah. If the Hezbollah leader does not pass on the evidence, not only will the charges against Israel evaporate, but the efforts made to besmirch the commission will as well.
On the other hand, if the evidence is handed over and Nasrallah's claims are proven to lack any basis, he will no longer be able to accuse the UN tribunal of failing to investigate evidence against Israel.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri is trying to find a way out of the investigation without undermining the country's stability or giving Nasrallah another opportunity to create yet another dangerous political crisis.