Al-Akhbar says Nasrallah speech tomorrow will fiercely back Aoun
From tonight’s Daily Briefing (for a free trial email firstname.lastname@example.org):
On August 13, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Nicolas Nassif: “…In the speech that he will be making tomorrow, Friday, on the occasion of the victory in the July 2006 war, the Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, is expected to be addressing [former] President Michel Aoun in an unprecedented manner and tone so that all the others may hear him very well. He will probably go further than the former instances when he clang to the alliance between the two men and between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic movement. He will go further than the phrases “We will cut the hand that touches the movement,” “we will not allow for singling the movement out,” and “we are both one” to saying the phrase: “Aoun is our partner in victory.”
“In essence, all what he [i.e. Nasrallah] will be saying tomorrow will serve to refute all that has been recently said on Hezbollah having turned its back to its Christian ally in the confrontation that the latter have been engaged into concerning the military and security appointments, mainly the appointment of a new army commander. Of course, the Party has repeatedly voiced out its approach concerning the issue of stability and how it is clinging to it when it said that there will be no resignation from the Tammam Salam cabinet, there will be no boycotting and no taking to the street.
“This statement was interpreted as indicating a clear difference between the two allies, a difference that caused Aoun to stand alone in the battle of the military and security appointments thus losing the confrontation and allowing his adversaries to impose the postponement of the officers’ lay off. However, Nasrallah is expected to make an announcement tomorrow where he tells Aoun that their projects are common, that targeting one of them implies that they both are being targeted, and that their response will be a joint one…”