Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Monday that Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is provoking the United States, European countries and Gulf regimes against the new Lebanese government by claiming that it is controlled by the Resistance party.
In a televised speech broadcast by Al-Manar Channel, Sayyed Nasrallah warned certain Lebanese political parties from joining the Israeli campaign against Lebanon’s new government, adding that this would impose more foreign pressures on the country.
“Since Hezbollah has several enemies in the Middle East and the whole world because of its stances toward various causes in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and other countries, claiming that the Lebanese government is controlled by the Resistance party will let the entire country pay the price of all Hezbollah acts,” his eminence explained.
Sayyed Nasrallah categorically rejected alleging that the new Lebanese government is controlled by Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader called on the various parties to stick to political calm after the cabinet formation, adding that this does not deny their right to run debates and discuss any issue.
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that none of the political teams can impose its plans and strategies on the government, adding that the cabinet sessions must seriously discuss the ministerial portfolios and take the suitable decisions “which must be as much consensual as possible”.
“Let us stick to partnership in making difficult decisions because everyone will be responsible for their consequences, whether positive or negative,” he said, noting that “the government has major responsibilities.”
Sayyed Nasrallah further urged the new government to assume its responsibilities of coping with the economic crisis in Lebanon and fighting corruption, confirming that tackling the socioeconomic conditions must be a priority as well.
“The first step to sustain the financial situation should be through combating corruption and the squandering of public money, and we must have an anti-corruption government,” he added.
“What I know is that no political team has agreed with another teams on the governmental plan; all projects will be discussed during the cabinet sessions, away from majority and minority considerations.”
Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that the Lebanese Health Minister Dr. Jamil Jabak is close to, not a member of, the party, adding that this would give him a wider margin of movement to achieve the expected success in handling this portfolio.
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah may never exploit the capabilities of the health ministry in favor of partisan interests, emphasizing that the new minister would serve all the Lebanese citizens fairly.
“The money of the Lebanese state belongs to the state and there is a legal and ethical responsibility towards this money, because the minister and the ministry are entrusted with this money.”
“We don’t want projects, business or anything and we don’t want to be accused of anything, seeing us our primal concern is humanitarian,” he confirmed, noting that the Ministry of Health’s funds will be available to the Central Inspection and the Audit Bureau.”
Highlighting the importance of the alliance with the Free Patriotic Movement, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that it contributed to the victory achieved against the Israeli enemy in 2006.
“The enemies attempts to break the bonds between Hezbollah and the FPM stresses the significance of the ongoing alliance.”