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By Al Arabiya
The Americans refused to supply Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft
or anti-tank weapons, the former Hezbollah Secretary General, Sheikh
Sobhi Tfaili, told Al Arabiya on Friday.
He confirmed that the Lebanese Shiites will have two options after the
fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime; either Israel or the
The former Hezbollah leader made his comments during Al Arabiya’s weekly
Noqtat Nezam (Point of Order) program, aired on Friday. He called on
the Lebanese Shiite leadership to avoid adopting a policy which will
lead them to choose between defeat or alliance with Israel.
Tfaili urged Hezbollah to
reconsider its political position towards Syria, so it can play a
constructive role against the rise of sectarian conflicts in the region,
and he refused the idea that the Shiite leaders could participate in
the big crime committed against the Syrian people.
“You have to reconsider your affiliation with the Syrian regime in its
civil war so that you are not shocked by sectarian war in Syria and
Lebanon, which could lead to an undesirable outcome. This is exactly
what I said and I repeat this today and I demand they reconsider their
relationship with the government – don’t join in what is going on in
Syria. It is a massive crime against the Syrian people. We need to put
out the fire and not be with the part that ignites it,” he said.
Tfaili denied establishing any contacts with the leaders of the Syrian
opposition, noting that he only helps the “rebels” by speech and by
providing shelter to the poor Syrians, declaring that Syrian minorities
should not support a regime that kills its own people by planes and
“I tell the minorities that in no way is it permissible to stand by a
regime that is wrecking the country with tanks, airplanes and
helicopters out of fear of the possibility of being attacked,” he said.
He reminded the viewers of the statement he made at the beginning of the
Syrian revolution, when he said that “Syria is heading to a war that
will transform it into ashes, and that a group of Syrians will support
the regime based on the fact that the regime is theirs, and these are
the Alawites,” adding that the Alawites think that they can establish
their own country in Syria, but this is far from becoming a reality,
wishing that a political movement assumes power and governs following
the Turkish model.
“I address them quietly – I wish that you would listen to me without
frustration, without being offended because I am thinking of your
future. An Alawite nation in Syria will not be. This is a dream that
will not be realized. All Arab nations will stand against the division
of Syria,” Tfaili said.
He stressed that Turkey, the Syrians and the Arabs will all oppose the
partition of Syria, and that the West will not take the risk of
upsetting the Arabs by accepting the partition of Syria, blaming some of
the Lebanese Shiites for not interfering to promote peace and
According to Tfaili, what stops the war from breaking out in Lebanon is
that the Sunnis feel helpless against the system of Hezbollah. He
pointed out that Hezbollah should seek common ground with the forces of
March 14, which didn’t try to build a state and were part of the
He added that fractions of both sides in Syria try to turn the conflict
into a religious war, advising that “we need just and democratic
regimes, diversity is the people’s right in Syria, and minorities should
participate in power efficiently,” and he concluded by saying that “not
all the Shiites in Lebanon and Iran are followers of Hezbollah and the
Iranian regime. There is a group within Hezbollah that doesn’t agree on
its political positions.”
“In Syria, rest assured that despite the propaganda heard from some
media outlets in the Arab world that enflames Sunni-Shiite tension --
and I tell those that if you wish for a victory for the Syrian people or
the Sunnis; what you are doing is harmful, luring all the Shiite with
the current political situation that affects Shiites whether they are in
Iran or Lebanon,” Tfaili said.
“I tell you all and I assure you that there are influences greater than
Iran against this regime. There are different currents even within
Hezbollah, my brothers; the situation is not as you think. Many are
worried about this politics. I hope you reconsider your letters and
speeches. Don’t push people into sectarianism and internal killing and
suicide,” he said.
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