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October 25, 2011

Now Lebanon - Zahra responds to Nasrallah’s interview, October 25, 2011

Lebanese Forces bloc MP Antoine Zahra on Tuesday responded to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Monday night interview with Al-Manar TV.
“How does a Lebanese party have the right to [force] a whole country to [adopt] its opinion, as if it was a destiny that all the Lebanese people should give in to?” Zahra told As-Sharq radio.
“Hezbollah’s great cause is not Lebanon, but the whole Islamic nation. Lebanon’s sovereignty is an unimportant detail for it.”
Zahra also voiced surprise at Hezbollah figures’ repeated statements against funding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
“How much does Hezbollah contribute the country’s finances? How much customs tax does it pay for the state?” he asked.
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday evening that his party is against paying Lebanon’s share of funding to the STL because of the international court’s “aims, gaps and behavior.”

Zahra also commented on the “Our Lady of Mountain” gathering, saying that it “represents Christian civil society and follows up on local and regional developments.”
“The presence of the Christian community [in the Middle East] is based on openness and interaction [with Muslims], and is not at all based on being classified as a minority that needs protection.”
The “Our Lady of the Mountain” gathering met earlier on Sunday to reinforce a Christian position against dictatorships in the region.

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