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LEBANON: Hezbollah accuses Israel in Rafik Hariri assassination

Nasrallah_APSheik Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the militant group Hezbollah, accused Israel of plotting and carrying out the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri based on confessions from former Israeli spies and purported Israeli surveillance video.

Nasrallah, speaking during a highly anticipated news conference Monday night, unveiled never before seen video allegedly intercepted from Israeli surveillance drones that appears to show close monitoring of the Beirut site where Hariri and 22 others died in a massive explosion on February 14, 2005.

"These scenes that I will show you are not all the evidence, which would require much more time…they are examples of Israeli surveillance over time, taken from different angles and at different times," he said. "Why were the Israelis looking at these places specifically when there are no resistance [Hezbollah] offices there?"

Nasrallah was careful to add that the evidence presented was not conclusive, but that it raised questions about possible Israeli involvement in the killing of the former prime minister and 22 other people, as well as the string of assassinations that followed over several years. However, he added that Hezbollah would only hand over the evidence to the Lebanese government because the group does not trust the U.N.-backed international tribunal.

The news conference comes after weeks of tension following reports that Hezbollah operatives may be indicted in the U.N.-backed tribunal that investigating Hariri's assassination. Indictments are expected to be handed down in coming months. 

Nasrallah did not give a clear reason why, if Israel was involved, his group waited so long to bring allegations against its arch enemy. In response to a question from a journalist, Nasrallah seemed to imply that the evidence was not presented earlier because it would have drawn suspicion on Hezbollah.

"If I presented the evidence in 2005, 2006 or 2007 they would have said, 'Why are you talking about it? You are not accused,' " he said.

Nasrallah built his case on what he claimed were Israeli attempts to drive a wedge between Hezbollah and Hariri dating back as far as 1993; he cited the recorded testimony of a Lebanese agent of Israel that the Israelis worked to convince Hariri that Hezbollah was planning to assassinate him.

The Hezbollah leader went on to present biographies of several other spies who confessed to monitoring Lebanese politicians, including figures in the U.S. and Saudi-backed parliamentary majority, and assisting Israeli forces carry out operations inside Lebanon.

— Meris Lutz in Beirut

Photo: Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. Credit: Associated Press

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NOW the terrorists who one moment have guns in their hands quickly rush into a crowd of women and children and by magic,loose their masks and become joe public,seem to be loosing their grip now they cant even remember who they have killed ,going to kill,or trying to kill,just kill each other of totaly, and blame israel we will not mind,as every-thing is always our fault anyway.
reading a couple of days ago about jewish gentleman who gave 55,000.dollars to help a muslem child,and then to hear that the mother hopes that he will grow up to be a suicide bomber,just tells you that even though we try we are wasting our time with these people.
if you are un lucky enough to live next to one watch your back, you never know when they will turn on you,and you will most likely end up by being blown up by a 5year old. all our courtries are at risk,and daily they brain wash more sheep to do their dirty work the sheep have never felt so important,these sheep could be your children,so sleep with one eye open.

If Hezbollah had evidence that Israel killed Hariri, it was their duty to present it, as soon as they got it. Nasrallah refuses to hand over to the UN, but that doesn't explain why it has not handed it over the evidence to the Lebanese government. It has been 5 1/2 years. Why have they been hide all this "evidence"? Because this is just a ploy. The prosecution has them, so they are pointing the finger at Israel, hoping that everyone will be stupid enough to forget the real evidence, and believe what they say. We used to call that, "waiving the bloody shirt". Look it up.

So now Israel made Hezbollah do it. LOL

Hezbollah is again trying to use diversionary tactics. This and a murder on the Border of Lebanon/Israel. Even the UN agrees Hezbollah attacked Israel on Israeli territory. Hezbollah got caught and now is having a temper tantrum


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