Feltman Pledges Hezbollah Defeat in 2013 Parliamentary Campaign
Yet some political observers have noticed that dieting can make Jeffrey a little cranky at times. So perhaps we should not be shocked last Monday at a reception at the U.S. Capitol’s Cannon Office Building, Feltman, appearing before a gathering of the right wing pro-Israel-Saudi “Lebanese American Organization” was undiplomatically aggressive. In fact Jeff unloaded vitriol on Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and anyone who even looked like they might support Resistance to US-Israel Middle East hegemony. During his remarks, Jeff did not fail to repeat his trademark mantra of “no US interference in the internal affairs of Lebanon and full American government respect for the country’s independence, sovereignty and right to run their own affairs.”
“The Lebanese people must join together to tell Hezbollah and its allies that the Lebanese state will no longer be hijacked for an Iranian-Syrian agenda.”
Jeff called on Lebanese voters to organize immediately for the coming election and
“to once again show the world how they can transcend fear and use the 2013 parliamentary elections to defeat the remnants of the Syrian occupation, the pillar of which is Hezbollah, and reject the apologists of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s butchery.”
Jeff also addressed the Syrian situation, saying,
“no one outside of Syria has more of a stake in the correct outcome than the Lebanese.”
Jeff’s pep rally for the coming Lebanese Parliamentary elections that will help determine the next Lebanese government which will affect US plans for the region, has set the tone and scaffolding for his team’s soon to be announced electoral platform. Organizing the campaign for the pro-US-Israel Saudi team will likely once again be supported by staffers at US Embassy Beirut and also worked on by Jeff’s State Department Bureau.
- record prices for vote purchases that during the 2009 election saw the purchase price of a vote sometimes rise as high as $5000 plus fancy mobile phones for the sellers teenagers and cars for some dads;
- intense demonization of Hezbollah among its Shia base plus scare tactics and silly whispering campaigns claiming that the party will ban alcohol, institute chadouri dress codes, revive the discarded idea of an Islamic republic, buy up property in other sects neighborhoods, corruption, and more indictments coming from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL);
- other key US based actors preparing to weigh in on next year’s Parliamentary elections in Lebanon are more than 40 US pro-Israeli organizations that are available to target Lebanon with anti-Hezbollah propaganda. This week, a day long “policy forum” at the AIPAC created Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). Featuring Michael Braun, David Asher,Matthew Levitt and other Zionist operatives well connected to the US administration and Congress, presented sweeping but instantiated claims that Hezbollah was basically running the World’s money laundering and drug businesses aimed at targeting the US.
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Feltman’s team knows well that if it is to succeed in toppling the current Hezbollah led government it must sow serious Sunni-Shia discord and the sooner the better. The campaign to defeat Hezbollah in next year’s Parliamentary elections will bombard Lebanon’s Sunni Muslim and Christian community with the old bromide warnings of grave dangers that Shia Muslims pose in Lebanon. This, despite efforts by Hezbollah to allay sectarian fears and the fact that the party still has strong multi sectarian partners including close to a majority of the Christian community. Hezbollah has earned the respect and partnership of many Christians by working for and sharing common goals on a variety of social and political issues.
Some Sunni supporters of Hezbollah, and there are many across Lebanon who support its domestic programs and Resistance stances, are urging the Party to preempt the Feltman team plans to divide Lebanon’s Muslims and to take a courageous and bold political initiative in Parliament that would reach out to the Sunni community.
That action would be to immediately enact in Parliament the right to work on temporary home ownership laws (pending their Return to Palestine at the first opportunity) for the Palestinians refugees in Lebanon, 95% of whom who Sunni Muslims. Every Sunni in Lebanon knows this is the right thing to do as does everyone else in Lebanon and beyond who know about the legalized discrimination against Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Hezbollah would also thereby help thwart the U.S.-Israel effort to reset Middle Eastern politics in terms of a serious Sunni-Shi'ite schism while quite likely defeating Washington-Tel Aviv plans for next year’s Parliamentary elections. Those plans, as Jeffrey Feltman made clear this week, are to install their own team in the Grand Serail that may well determine the course of regional and Lebanese politics for years to come.
Franklin Lamb in doing research in Libya and can be reached c/o email@example.com
He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon. Dr. Lamb is Director, Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace, Wash.DC-Beirut Board Member, The Sabra Shatila Foundation and the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign, Beirut-Washington DC
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Source: Al - Manar