Hezbollah Threatens 'New Era for Resistance' Unless Lebanon Shuns Hariri Tribunal

Hezbollah is demanding that the government end its financial backing of the international tribunal as a precondition for staying in the government.

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Tensions remain high in Lebanon, with the report of the international tribunal investigating the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri soon to be released and Hezbollah's threats becoming more vocal.

The report is expected to implicate key Hezbollah figures in the assassination.

Over the weekend, senior officials in the radical Shi'ite organization threatened that if a compromise is not reached between the followers of the current prime minister, Sa'ad Hariri, and their own followers, Lebanon will "enter a new era."

The head of the Hezbollah faction in the Lebanese parliament, Muhammad Ra'ad, said that his party had given a last chance to efforts by Syria and Saudi Arabia to reach a compromise that would restore calm in Lebanon, but he warned that "time was short."

Ra'ad said that in a few days, those that collaborated against the "resistance," as Hezbollah likes to call itself, will have to make good use of their time.

Otherwise, they warned, Lebanon will enter a new era and Hezbollah will close accounts with all those who opposed the "resistance."

The Lebanese government is due to convene Wednesday, following weeks when it did not meet at all because of tensions surrounding the international tribunal's report.

The meeting will be headed by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, who is trying to draft a compromise agreement.

Hezbollah is demanding that the government end its financial backing of the international tribunal as a precondition for staying in the government.

But Hariri has refused, and the issue will be discussed on Wednesday.

Also on the meeting agenda is the case of Defense Minister Elias Murr.

Documents released on WikiLeaks suggest that Murr provided the U.S. government information about Hezbollah sites that Israel should bomb.

According to the two-year-old documents, he demanded that the Israelis avoid hitting Christian sites.

Murr apparently also instructed the Lebanese army to refrain from joining the fighting and to make do with civil defense operations. This information was relayed to U.S. diplomats during a lunch meeting.

Murr's plan was for the army to stay out of the fighting and, following a Hezbollah defeat at the hands of Israel, to take over the areas controlled by the Shi'ite group.

At the time of the meeting, in 2008, Suleiman was chief of staff of the army, and he was ordered by Murr not to interfere if Israel attacked.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, May 25, 2001.Credit: AP



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