Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri slammed Hezbollah’s intervention in the war in Syria, on Sunday, accusing it of using the Palestinian cause to fuel Iran’s expansionist ambitions.
Hariri reiterated his opposition to Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war during a speech Sunday night, warning of its consequences on Lebanon. “Going to war in Syria will not protect Lebanon,” he said. “When you play with fire, expect that you will get burned.”
Responding to a speech made by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on the occasion of Jerusalem Day, Hariri said that the “road to Palestine does not pass through Zabadani or Damascus.”
“The road from Beirut to Tehran passes through Syria and Iraq, but the road to Palestine, certainly not,” he said, accusing Hezbollah of using the Palestinian cause as a front for Iran’s expansionist ambitions.
Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet said that “the road to Jerusalem is forbidden to the henchmen of tyrants, as victory begins only from the Arab capitals that are liberated from tyranny and dictatorship. Meslet’s remarks come as a response to a speech delivered yesterday by Hezbollah chief Nasrallah who claims that the road to Jerusalem runs through Zabadani and every Syrian city.
“It is the utmost aberration when one indulges in murder and violation of human sanctity under the slogan of looking for the road to Jerusalem. He who takes part in the killing of civilians demanding freedom and dignity will not find the road to Jerusalem even if he was standing right on it.”
“Nasrallah is a direct partner in the crimes committed against the Syrian people for over four years,” Meslet added. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)