Erdogan in Lebanon ahead of ‘Israeli Project’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Lebanon on a two-day visit to discuss the political crisis in Lebanon over a US-backed STL probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (father of the current pro-US Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri) in February 2005 as result of an Israeli false-flag operation.

On Wednesday, Erdogan had a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (a Christian). Erdogan urged rival political factions in Lebanon to unite, calling it the only way to overcome the possible national crisis linked to the probe.

“The premier stressed the importance of stability in Lebanon and the need for all parties to come together and find solutions to all matters related to the international tribunal,” said a statement issued by the Lebanese presidential office following a meeting between Erdogan and President Michel Sleiman.

Both the US and Israeli government leaders have already indicated that the UN Special Tribunal on Lebanon (infiltrated by American and French agents working for Israel) would blame some of top Hizbullah members for the assassination of Rafik Hariri.

Immediately after the assassination, the US, Israel and France blamed Syria being behind the assassination. The Israeli allies used the tragedy and sponsored the Cedar Revolution to force Syria to withdraw its military from Lebanon (which it did), so that Israel can finish Islamic Resistan (Hizbullah).

The United Nations cannot be trusted for the probe. The UN’s investigator Detlev Mehlis issued his initial report to the then UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, in October 2005, which blamed top-ranking Syrian security officials for the deaths. His conclusion was based on pure supposition without any shred of proof.

The German magazine Junge Welt later revealed that Mehlis, who resigned half way through, was the alleged recipient of a $10 million (Dh36.78 million) slush fund to rig the outcome against Damascus. Mehlis also ordered four pro-Syrian Lebanese generals to be imprisoned without charge. They were eventually released after four years due to lack of evidence.

Hezbollah, which has vehemently denied any role in the killing, has dismissed the US-backed tribunal as an “Israeli project” aimed at undermining the resistance movement and creating division in the country.

Erdogan also attended a public gathering in the Turkmen village of Kwashra in the northern Lebanese region of Akkar, where he called on Israel to remedy its mistakes and apologize to people in the region.

Israel “must realize that if there is peace and security in the region, it will also benefit,” Erdogan told a cheering crowd of hundreds gathered in the village of Kwashra.

“But in the event of war, the citizens of Israel will also be losers. We will raise our voices in order to recover our rights as concerns Gaza and al-Quds (Jerusalem).”

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