Lebanese writer Hazem Saghieh said in a November 28, 2021 interview on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) that it is impossible to fix the situation in Lebanon unless the problem of Hizbullah’s weapons is resolved. He said that the issue of Hizbullah is unique because its military power equals and even exceeds that of the state. In addition, he said that after Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, the Shebaa Farms became a pretext for the existence of Hizbullah’s weapons. Later in the interview, Saghieh explained how the “Syrian-Iranian” interpretation of the Taif Agreement was forced upon Lebanon through a political assassination carried out by Hizbullah.
Former Iranian diplomat Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi said in a November 24, 2021 interview on Al-Alam TV (Iran) that U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has threatened Iran with military action ahead of the Vienna negotiations, but that he is releasing hot air, because if the U.S. initiates war with Iran, then all the American bases and armies will be destroyed. He threatened: “Their body parts will be shipped [back] to the U.S.” Afghahi also said that the U.S. is applying pressure on Iran ahead of the talks, but that this will not deter Iran, because it is “in the right.” For more about Afghahi, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 9169, No. 8977, No. 8163, and No. 7945.
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