The anti-Islamic Resistance March 14 political coalition headed by pro-West billionaire Saad Hariri, son of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated by Israeli Mossad - won 71 seats in the 128- member Lebanese parliament on May 8, 2009 election – giving it 14-seat lead over Hizb’Allah and its the Muslim-Christian opposition allies which captured 57 seats.
The news that Hizb’Allah would not be part of the future Lebanese government – sent a sigh of relief in Washington, Tel Aviv, London, Paris, Riyadh, Cairo, Amman, and at the UN headquarter. Barack Obama called the results: “The strongest indications yet of Lebanese desire for security and prosperity….The power has to be maintained through consent and not coercion,” – indirectly admitting that Hizb’Allah is far more stronger challenge to Israeli terrorism than Lebanese Armed Forces. Al-Safir daily quoted a senior US State Department official: “Obama administration believes that dealing with a Lebanese foreign minister who is not an ally of Hizb’Allah would be easier”. British foreign secretary David Miliband and UN general secretary Ban Ki-Moon while congratulating the pro-West Fauod Siniora government on its victory – demanded that now it’s in the position to fulfil its international obligation to disarm Hizb’Allah according to the UN Security Council resolution after Israel’s military humiliation in its 2006 war with Hizb’Allah.
The ‘Gaurdians of western interests’ in the Muslim world – the Saudi ‘royal’ could hardly control their glee over the victory of Riyadh-Washington backed Siniora government. Tariq alhomayed, editor of daily Asharq al-Awsat (owned by the family of Riyadh governor Prince Salman, a brother of King Abdullah) called Siniora victory as “the fall of Iranian project in Lebanon” – adding “This is above all a victory for the Arabness of Lebanon. …The important thing is Lebanese protected their country from subject status to Iran….”
As’ad Abukhalil, a Lebanese political professor in the US – says that Saudi Arabia topped the funders in Lebanese election, followed by Iran and the US.
Hizb’Allah while accepting the election defeat – blasted Obama pro-Israel government’s interference in Lebanon’s political affairs – before and during the recent elections and its joyness over defeat of Hizb’allah coalition.
Now, George Michell, Obama’s Zionist envoy, is set to fly from Tel Aviv to Beirut to meet Lebanese president Michel Suleiman to get Lebanon involved in a future Fatah or Damascus negotiations with the Zionist entity. However, according to Lebanese political analysts – the new Siniora government would not dare to engage in dialogue with Tel aviv until it implement the UN Security Council resolutions on Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Shebaa Farms, Kfar Shouba Hills, Ghajar village, and handover of all the maps showing the locations of the cluster bombs planted in 2006 invasion, a halt to Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace and resolving the Palestinian refugees stranded in Lebanon for decades.
Looking behind the anti-Hizb’Allah ‘jingoism’ – it would helpful to see the true enemies of Lebanese people, judging by the reactions of the two states which had the most impact on the security of Lebanon – Israel and Syria. While Damascus extended hand of friendship to the future government: encouraging conciliatory spirit shown by Lebanese parties in the wake of the elections - Tel Aviv issued a warning (Foreign Ministry on June 8, 2009): “The Lebanese government is responsible for any military or otherwise hostile activity (Islamic Resistance) that emanates from its territory”.
In Robert Fisk’s opinion - The Lebanese have stopped Lebanon becoming an Islamic State bordering Israel. On the other hand, there would be no pro-West government either – but a government of “national salvation” in Beirut run by a former Christian army general President (who stated his appreciation of Hizb’allah in protecting the sovereignty of Lebanon in the past) with ever-increasing powers.
“The Lebanese, a very shrewd people, have been reading the foreign press and listening to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, even Fox News. They knew that for foreigners – the ajnabi – there was only one story: Lebanon becomes a finger of Iran or Syria – or it remains in America’s hands. More dangerously, the Israelis would be able to claim it was a “terrorist” state if Hizbollah won. But then the Israelis would claim it was a “terrorist” state if even one minister was a member of Hizbollah. They will have their way,” wrote Robert Fisk.
The next wish of Tel Aviv-Washington-Riyadh axis is a regime-change in Tehran on June 14 election.