Hezbollah, the defender of Israel
When it comes to the assassination of some of its commanders, Hezbollah exonerates Israel
When former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated, Hezbollah narrated strange theories calling Israel as the main culprit behind the crime. We remember Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah’s famous speech in which he showed maps and videos to back up the party’s theories. Whatever he showed, however, contradicted the cause and the sequence of events.
Nasrallah wanted to exonerate his party and the Syrian regime from the responsibility and wanted to distract people. He was attempting to end the controversy surrounding the car used in the assassination, which international investigator Detlev Mehlis said came from Beirut’s Dahiyeh.
However, when it has come to the assassination of some of its commanders, Hezbollah exonerates Israel. During his recent appearance on television, Nasrallah insisted that Mustafa Badreddine was the victim of what he called “takfiri” groups. He excluded Israel from this whole narrative on Badreddine’s assassination.
Following the assassination of Hariri, Hezbollah always asked the question: “Who benefits from killing Hariri?” However when it comes to Badreddine, it’s asking another question: “Who is the enemy?”
The militias that exonerate Israel, or hold it responsible based on their own circumstances and interests, are more dangerous than IsraelTurki Al-Dakhil
Hezbollah’s militia is fighting the Syrian people and the moderate opposition. It is fighting a battle against the rights of the Syrian people. However, what is strange is that Hezbollah exonerates Israel from Badreddine’s murder but insists on involving it in the assassination of Hariri. This exposes its logic as conveyed via the story of Abu Adas and other futile media fabrications.
Days have gone by since the indictment was issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. People learnt that Hezbollah, its commanders and the Syrian regime were responsible for the murder of political figures just because they disagreed with them. But fate has its ways and Hezbollah is now drinking from the same cup as Gebran Tueni, Samir Kassir and Rafiq Hariri.
What is more dangerous than Israel are the militias who exonerate Israel or hold it responsible based on circumstances and interests.
This article was first published in Okaz on May 22, 2016.
Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.
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