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On reports in Israeli media that Nasrallah said the fall of Bashar means the fall of Hezbollah

In recent days I was struck by Israeli media reports which purported to say that Nasrallah had said the fall of Assad meant the fall of Hezbollah (at some point).

And indeed – this seems to be what Nicholas Nassif is reporting in Al-Akhbar.

An excerpt below from tonight’s daily briefing (for a free trial email


On May 5, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Nicolas Nassif: “The meeting between President Michel Aoun and Sayed Hassan Nasrallah reasserted what was already certain between the two of them: the fact that theirs is a solid alliance with no room for debate, doubts or suspicions. However, the meeting also sketched the limits of what’s allowed and what’s forbidden in their dealing with the internal arena.

“Last Thursday’s discussion between the head of the Change and Reform Bloc and Hezbollah’s Secretary General showed that they each have different concerns over different issues, which is the reason why the meeting took such a long time, i.e. 4.5 hours… Nasrallah told Aoun that Hezbollah is aware of the threats that it is facing; and that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime will not fall because his fall means the fall of the party itself and the fall of the rejectionist axis. He also indicated that the latest military actions in Syrian between the regime and its opponents are nothing but oscillating hour hands: at times they point to winning, and at other times they point to losing.

“This is what the war there has highlighted in the past six years. However, Al-Assad hasn’t fallen. His interlocutor also pointed to the – [probable] – impossibility of restoring control over Syria entirely. However, the most dangerous part consists of the idea of having territories in Syria like the case of Iraq. The only possible conclusion for the party is that there’s no choice but to proceed with the war in Syria without backing away. He said: the battle there is long and will not come to an end. He also reassured Aoun with respect to the Party’s will to fight. On the local files that have been a source of concern for the head of the Change and Reform bloc, the two men stressed on that the alliance and solidarity between them is not debatable.


Written by nickbiddlenoe

May 7, 2015 at 12:30 am

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