Daily Israel Report

Hizbullah: UN Tribunal President 'Close' to Israel

Hizbullah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah accused the Special Lebanon Tribunal president of being "close" to Israel. Four terrorists are indicted.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/3/2011, 1:57 PM / Last Update: 7/3/2011, 2:04 PM

Al Manar TV

Hizbullah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah has accused the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon of special connections with Israel. Tribunal President Antonio Cassese was a close friend of many Israelis, the terrorist leader claimed.

“The one who is supposed to govern the tribunal is a great friend of Israel and hold prejudices against the resistance. He thinks the resistance is a terrorist organization... he is prejudiced and thinks we are terrorists,” Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast Saturday.

Four members of the terrorist organization were indicted Thursday by the tribunal, with Nasrallah insisting they were unjustly accused of involvement in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Their names were quickly revealed by Arab media.

The massive 2005 suicide bombing that killed the Sunni leader and ,ore than 20 others came from a truck packed with close to 1,800 kilograms (3,960 pounds) of explosives).

In a 75-minute video address televised in Beirut, Nasrallah attacked the tribunal, claiming it served only the interests of the United States and Israel.

“We know it is impossible to annul the tribunal because this is an American project anyway,” he claimed in the broadcast from his hideout. “Its goal is to tarnish the image of the resistance (Hizbullah) and even to create civil strife in Lebanon.”

Nasrallah added, however, that there would be no such strife, especially between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims.

The terrorist leader is almost never seen in person since the group's 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel due to fears he will be assassinated himself. Nevertheless, his frequent broadcasts have maintained his popularity and that of his organization -- which currently controls the Lebanese government with its pro-Syrian partners..

As a result, which he pointed out, those who have been indicted by the tribunal are actually quite safe.

Even were the newly-formed Lebanese government to attempt to carry out a U.N. Directive, Nasrallah said, “it will not be able to carry out the warrants and arrest the indicted people. I don't think that they will be able to arrest [them] in one year, two, nor in 60 or 600 years.”

Lebanese authorities have 30 days in which to arrest those who have been indicted and deliver them to the tribunal. If they are not caught, trials can proceed with with the accused in absentia if need be.