Nasrallah affirms Israeli breach in speech

Ahram Online, Sunday 28 Nov 2010

In a speech today, Hezbollah chief asserted that Israel infiltrated the Lebanese telecommunication sector and affirmed Lebanese sovereignty of Al-Ghajar

Nasrallah televised address
Reuters: Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a screen during a graduation ceremony in Beiruit's suburbs on 28 November 2010.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that “the Lebanese telecommunications sector was infiltrated by Israel, which has acquired information on Lebanese phone holder’s identification and geographical location.” The secretary general also questioned the UN tribunal probing the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

He spoke, in a televised speech, at a graduation ceremony for 2950 university students in the southern suburbs of Beirut (Al-Dahia Al-Janoubia). Nasrallah declared that technicians in the resistance, the army and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, had discovered the Israeli breach.

“We must thank them for their technical discovery”, he stated, adding that “some Lebanese don’t want to thank the Ministry of Telecommunication, because they are spiteful.”

The Shia leader called on the Lebanese state “to develop a plan to prevent this aggression and violation”.

Nasrallah attacked the Special Tribunal, saying that at every turn they have changed the laws and procedures for evidence gathering, until the tribunal turned into a “legislation, implementation and judiciary authority”.

Posing several questions in his speech, the Hezbollah chief challenged the performance of the court proceedings, asking, "Are there any precedents in international tribunals for trials in absentia? Are there precedents for the current international reticence in declaring the witnesses’ identity? Furthermore, are there precedents in obtaining an affidavit from a witness without his presence?

“The entire history of this court indicates that it seeks to issue a predetermined political judgment” he said.

Commenting on regional tensions, Nasrallah said that “ the problem surrounding Iran stems from their state development plans and programmes to push them scientifically forward in the world”, adding that the West seeks only to maintain regional imitators and followers.

On the subject of the border village of Al Ghajar, the Hezbollah leader said "all that is done by the Israelis is a public relations game, to give a good image of the occupation in front of the international community”.

“What we want and require is to return the full Lebanese sovereignty to Ghajar”, he said, commenting that, “If the government wants to send an army or security forces they are free to do so, we wouldn’t mind”.

“We won’t allow Israeli to enter to it again.”

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