Lebanon’s opposition leader Walid Jumblatt has expressed his support for Hizbollah after a surprise meeting with Hasan Nasrallah.
Despite calling for Syrian troops to leave, he signalled that Hizbollah is a patriotic nationalist movement, and that they are the only group capable of liberating the disputed* Sha’ba Farms area.
He also said he wont support any Parliament which is anti-Syrian. He has repeatedly called for good relations with Lebanon’s neighbour. A few days ago he said:
“Despite all that has happened, it was Hezbollah that liberated Lebanon from Israeli occupation. Hezbollah is a segment of Lebanese society on the basis of the collective enmity towards Israel. … We will stretch our hand, despite our wound, to Syria for the sake of maintaining our historical, political and social relations with it. We will do so also to protect Syria.”
So will this make Jumblatt the next target for ‘assasination’?
*Sha’ba is occupied by Israel. Lebanon and Syria claim it is Lebanese territory, the UN says it belongs to Syria. If the UN gets its way, it means no Lebanese territory is occupied, and Hizbollah has no right to its ‘resistance’.