The "moderate" Lebanese leaders courted by the international community made clear this week that they are not all that different from the Hizballah terrorist militia that is shunned by the world. In fact, they openly support Hizballah in violation of international law.
Top Lebanese newspaper as-Safir reported that in a meeting with top government officials on Tuesday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a favorite of Washington and European capitals, encouraged Hizballah to continue acquiring SCUDs and other illicit weapons for use against Israel.
According to the report, Hariri said he "supports [Hizballah] acquiring anything it can to defend the borders and sovereignty of Lebanon, and this includes Scud missiles, in order to face any Israeli attempt to strike Lebanon."
When told that his remarks were angering the US, Hariri replied that he cared for nothing but the interests of his nation.
Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt also joined in the Israel-bashing. Jumblatt told the BBC that "Lebanon does not want peace with Israel, even it if offers to withdraw from its occupied lands."
Jumblatt said Lebanon could never accept living in peace with the Jewish state under any circumstances.
Jumblatt, widely regarded as a "moderate" force in Lebanon, was once believed to tacitly support Israeli action against Hizballah due to his movement's firm opposition to Syria. But since reconciling with the Syrian leadership, Jumblatt has insisted that it is no one's business where Hizballah gets its weapons, or how much firepower the group has.
Want more news from Israel?
Click Here to sign up for our FREE daily email updates