On December 27, 2012, Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Hamdy, in an interview with Lebanon’s daily The Star, said that Cairo would pursue a relationship with Lebanese Islamic resistance as a “real political and military force. However, he cautioned the resistance to work solely for the interests of Lebanon.
“You cannot discuss politics in Lebanon without having a relationship with Hizballah. It is a real force on the ground. It has a big political and military influence in Lebanon,” said the ambassador.
“Resistance in the sense of defending Lebanese territory, that’s their primary role. We think that as a resitance movement, they have done a good job to keep on defending Lebanese territory and trying to regain land occupied Israel is legal and legitimate,” added the ambassador.
Egypt which maintains the largest military force among the Arab nations – have failed to defeat the Jewish army. Contrary to that, Hizballah fighters have defeated Jewish army twice, in 2000 and 2006. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan had blamed Hizballah for Israel’s 34-day war on Lebanon which was fought between 30,000 Jewish soldiers and 1,5000-2,000 Hizballah fighters – and resulted in Israel’s first major military defeat.
Ashraf Hamdy who served as Egyptian ambassador in Syria during Hosni Mubarak era said that western imported democracy may not be appropriate for Syria. However, he repeated Egyptian president Dr. Morsi’ views that his government would like to see a regime change in Damascus - an ‘Israeli Project’ which Hizballah opposes.
Hizballah has been very critical of Egyptian rulers since country’s president Anwar Sadat accepted the Jewish occupation of Palestine in 1979 for an annual American bribe of $1.5 billion. The relations became worse when Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah asked Hosni Mubarak to provide military support to Hamas during Israel’s 23-day invasion of Gaza Strip in December 2008. In May 2007, Egypt along with Jordan and Saudi Arabia, provided financial and military support to rebels who sieged Palestinian refugee camp Nahr el-Bared (Tripoli). The agenda was to draw-in Hizballah fighters against 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon since they were kicked out of Palestine by the armed European Jewish terrorist militias in 1948-49. However, Hizballah leadership remained neutral in the rebel-Lebanese army conflict. The army succeeded in flushing out the armed insurgents in September 2007.
Some leaders of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood are hoping that removal of Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist (secular) regime will bring their Muslim Brothers into power under the western patronage. Members of Syrian Muslim Brotherhood have joined the 22-month-old rebellion against Bashar regime. The rebel groups are armed, trained and financed by the US, France, Britain, and the so-called “Sunni belt”, like Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Hizballah considers Bashar regime as part of the ‘Axis of Resistance’ and will do whatever it takes to oppose foreign interference in the internal affairs of Syria and let it turned into another pariah state like Libya.
Hizallah (Party of Allah) is active in three fields; armed resistance against Israel, social works and national politics. It has 12 MPs and three cabinet ministers in 30-member Lebanese governmet. Hizballah is classified “a terrorist organization” by Israel and its two poodles, the US and Canada.
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