Israel benefited from 2005 Hariri assassination, ex-intel chief admits; Saad Hariri absolves Syria of blame for father’s murder


‘Israel benefited from Rafiq Hariri murder’

PressTV (Iran); October 28, 2010

[Israeli] Major General Amos Yadlin said on Wednesday that Israel has been able to launch more than one operation in Lebanon following Hariri’s killing.

In 2005, Hariri was killed in a massive car bombing in the capital city of Beirut.

He also admitted that Tel Aviv carried out the terror assassination of Hezbollah’s commander Imad Mughniyeh in Syria two years ago.

The former official noted that Israel restored a huge number of espionage networks inside Lebanon and managed to assassinate Mughniyeh through the very same spy rings.

Yadlin claimed Mughniyeh’s murder helped Israel enter a new stage in its conflict with Hezbollah, adding that the Israeli Military Intelligence should proceed with such plans in Lebanon.

Earlier reports had revealed that chief of Israeli spy agency Mossad Meir Dagan personally planned the assassination at orders by former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert.

Mughniyeh, who was one of the most prominent Hezbollah figures, was assassinated in a car bomb explosion in the Syrian capital on February 12, 2008.

Hezbollah held the Israeli regime responsible for the assassination of Mughniyeh, but the regime’s officials at the time denied having any role in the assassination.

The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/148593.html

 

‘Iran-funded book accuses Israel of Hariri assassination’

The Jerusalem Post (Israel); October 17, 2010

LONDON — Iran is accused of trying to propel Lebanon into a conflict with Israel by sponsoring a book which accuses the Jewish state of being behind 2005’s assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

According to a book, about to be published in English, it was Israel which carried out the assassination using a missile manufactured in the United States.

Thierry Meyssan, the French-born author, is alleged to have been paid one million dollars by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to write the book.

The revelations come as heightened tensions in the region following a controversial two-day visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A tribunal backed by the United Nations has been investigating the 2005 Beirut car bombing, which claimed the lives of Hariri and 21 others, and is expected to lay the blame for the killings at the door of Hizbullah.

According to a profile he has posted on the business website LinkedIn, Meyssan is now residing in Beirut, but the 53-year-old has spent half of the last year researching the book in Iran.

Titled L’effroyable Imposture II (“The Big Lie 2”), it is a follow-up to his 2002 book “9/11: The Big Lie,” which claimed that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by a rogue element within the US military.

Meyssan sparked fury within the US Senate by insisting that the Pentagon was hit by a US missile and not American Airlines Flight 77. In 2005, the US State Department took the unprecedented step of identifying him as someone who was actively promoting misinformation about America, saying he was persona non grata.

The book, which spawned a whole host of conspiracy theories, was translated into 26 languages, becoming a bestseller in the process.

Meyssan’s new book details what he claims is a cover up between Israel and America designed to hide the fact that they jointly carried out the assassination of Hariri.

He had hoped to keep its publication secret until a launch in Beirut later this month but leaks have already been appearing on various websites in the US and Lebanon.

According to a blogger on the 9/11 conspiracy website TruthAction.org, Meyssan is using evidence provided to him by Hizbullah showing that an Israeli drone was tracking Hariri long before his assassination.

Hizbullah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah held a press conference in Beirut in August [see below] in which he claimed his scientists had hacked into the electronic data on the drone and been able to reproduce photographs it took of the former prime minister’s movements.

The full text of the above article can be found here: http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=191638

 

‘France denies killing Hariri witness’

PressTV (Iran); April 10, 2008

Paris denies accusations that French agents murdered a witness in the probe into the assassination of ex-Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri.

“I formally deny these accusations,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Pascale Andreani, said on Thursday. His comment came as a response to the claim made by Imad al-Siddiq that French agents had killed his brother Mohammed Zuheir al-Siddiq.

Siddiq was detained in October 2005 in a Paris suburb in connection with the February 2005 assassination of Hariri. He was then under an international arrest warrant requested by a Lebanese prosecutor.

“The French authorities helped facilitate the disappearance of Mohammed Zuheir al-Siddiq with the aim of his being liquidated by another party or they liquidated him themselves,” Imad al-Siddiq said on Wednesday.

Paris refused to extradite Mohammed Zuheir to Lebanon because it had not been given guarantees that he would not be held liable to the death penalty there if convicted of a crime.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/51105.html


‘Hezbollah urges STL misleaders probe’

PressTV (Iran); October 23, 2010

Hezbollah has stressed the need to investigate the case of false witnesses, who misled a UN tribunal on the assassination of Lebanon’s ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Friday that a close examination of the case of those who bore false witness to the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) would prevent disunity in the country, ISNA reported.

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon was set up by the world body and the Lebanese government in May 2007 to investigate the case.

The Hezbollah official made the comments during a meeting with Wiam Wahhab, the head of the Lebanese Tayyar al-Tawhid movement.

For his part, Wahhab identified the STL as a politicized court and called on Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to settle the issue.

On Wednesday, Lebanon’s government postponed a study of the case of the UN tribunal false witnesses.

Western-backed parties in Lebanon accused Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement of involvement in a February 2005 explosion in Beirut that killed Rafiq Hariri along with more than 20 others, a claim vehemently rejected by both Damascus and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah categorically rejects the allegations and has called the tribunal an “Israeli project.”

Former Lebanese commander Jamil al-Sayyed said recently that Hariri’s death was being exploited to fight Syria and the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

Early in September, Saad Hariri admitted to have wrongly accused Syria of being behind his father’s assassination and acknowledged that the accusations were politically charged [see below].

Hezbollah and Syria believe a UN-backed tribunal charged with investigating Hariri’s killing was marred by witnesses who gave false information.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/147829.html


‘Hezbollah: STL spied for West, Israel’

PressTV (Iran); October 28, 2010

Hezbollah says the UN tribunal investigating the former Lebanese premier’s assassination has been channeling data on the country to the West and Israel.

Under the guise of solving the murder, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has been penetrating “every single sector” within the country to obtain information, the Lebanese resistance movement’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday.

It would then direct the data to the Western intelligence services and Tel Aviv, he added, addressing the faithful in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed alongside more than 20 other people in a massive car bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The STL was subsequently set up by the United Nations and the Lebanese government in May 2007 to investigate the assassination. The court is expected to announce its findings by the end of 2010.

Nasrallah said in July that he had been informed by the slain leader’s son and successor, Saad Hariri, that the court “will accuse some undisciplined [Hezbollah] members.”

He has rejected the allegation and warned that the plot was part of “a dangerous project that is targeting the resistance.”

In an August speech, Nasrallah presented evidence proving that Israel had masterminded the assassination. The televised address featured video materials captured by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had been behind the killing.

Nasrallah said the investigators had been infiltrating deep into the country even before the tribunal took its current form.

Why do the investigators want “medical files of women” who are related to members of Hezbollah? Nasrallah questioned after exposing that the team had asked for more than 7,000 of such files.

He said the intrusion impinged on the honor of the Lebanese.

“We always know the magnitude” of the scheme, the resistance leader said, but warned, “We stop here.”

He said the movement has been silent on the matter so that it is not accused of disrupting the investigation and causing tension within the country.

The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/148695.html


‘Hariri comes clean on Syria accusations’

PressTV (Iran); September 6, 2010

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri acknowledges that he made a mistake to accuse Syria of the murder of his father in a 2005 bombing in Beirut.

“At some point, we made a mistake,” AFP quoted Hariri as telling the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat on Monday.

“At one stage, we accused Syria of assassinating the martyred premier…that was a political accusation, and that political accusation is over,” he told the London-based paper.

“There is a (UN) court that is doing its job, and we for our part must reassess what happened,” he went on to say.

Former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri was killed, along with more than 20 others, in a massive bombing in the Lebanese capital on February 14, 2005.

Lebanon‘s Western-backed parties blamed the assassination on Syria, a charge Damascus vehemently rejected.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/141412.html


‘Hariri absolves Syria’

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); September 16, 2010

The slow but dramatic transformation of Syria’s relations with its erstwhile critics in Lebanon culminated in early September in Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri’s unequivocal absolution of Damascus regarding his father’s 2005 assassination. That killing threw Lebanon into turmoil and was followed by accusations of Syrian culpability because of its long military and political domination over its smaller neighbor.

Although Syria subsequently withdrew its troops under Lebanese and international pressure, five years later it retains strong influence in Lebanon and appears to have weathered the worst of the regional and international storms. “At some point, we made a mistake,” Al-Hariri told the Saudi-owned daily Asharq Al-Awsat in remarks published on 6 September. “At one stage, we accused Syria … That was a political accusation, and that political accusation is over.”

Al-Hariri’s Damascene conversion comes amid a widespread belief that Syria is off the hook for the killing. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah announced that he expected (after receiving a tip-off from the premier himself) the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague to try “rogue elements” of his Shia organization for Al-Hariri’s death. So far all else is media speculation; the court has issued no charges and holds no suspects in custody. But the specter of a Hizbullah-related indictment has raised fears of strife, particularly between Sunnis and Shia.

Al-Hariri’s statement also follows a rapprochement between Al-Hariri’s chief backer, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, after Al-Hariri’s killing threw their ideological differences and rivalry for regional influence into sharp relief. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Saudi King Abdallah met at an unprecedented Beirut mini-summit in July to discuss concerns about the repercussions of such an indictment.

Meanwhile, Al-Hariri’s statement was on the whole welcomed by both his supporters and critics, but Lebanese reaction took another twist this week with a press conference by former head of General Security Jamil Al-Sayed, one of the “four generals” arrested and held without charge after the Al-Hariri killing and released last year. Al-Sayed accused Al-Hariri of backing several witnesses, including Hossam Hossam and Zuheir Siddiq, who gave testimony pointing to Syrian involvement in the killing only to recant it later.

Hariri told Asharq Al-Awsat that false witnesses had “misled” the investigation and poisoned relations between Lebanon and Syria, but Al-Sayed accused Al-Hariri of using them to frame Syria early in the investigation. “Al-Hariri wanted to close the file with Syria but it backfired,” said Rosana Bou Monsef, an analyst for the pro-Hariri An- Nahar newspaper. “He is now being asked to go far beyond that.”

Al-Hariri’s statement cements the slow decline of the anti-Syrian movement, 14 March, named after the vast demonstration demanding Syria’s exit from Lebanon on that date in 2005. The movement’s driving force, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, jumped ship last summer. Such shifts are common, and rarely held to account, under Lebanon’s sectarian political system. Meanwhile, Al-Hariri has visited Damascus several times since taking the reins of government last year.

The full text of the above article can be found here: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1015/re63.htm


The following is a translated transcript of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s August 9 press conference, in which he provided evidence suggesting Israeli complicity in the Hariri assassination:

YaLibnan (Lebanon); August 9, 2010

We Accuse Israel of Killing [Rafiq] Hariri. Israel has the capacity to carry out an operation that targets Rafiq Hariri. Lebanon is the best place for Israel to carry out its operations, due to its geographical location, etc. Israel has collaborators in Lebanon in all fields.

As for the motive; everyone knows that Israel’s rivalry with Hezbollah is extremely fierce. Israel hence seeks the opportunity to act against Hezbollah. Israel had no problem with Syria when it was in Lebanon. Israel has problems with Syria because it supports Hezbollah.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told me in 2004, before [UN Security Council] Resolution 1559 was issued, that the US does not mind having Syrian forces in Lebanon, but on two conditions: They need to disarm Hezbollah and Palestinian factions in Lebanon. Assad told the US that Hezbollah is part of Lebanon’s national security; hence, he denied the US request.

Then came the project to force Syria out of Lebanon and isolate Hezbollah.

The Rafiq Hariri assassination was used against Syria and Hezbollah. I will discuss Israel’s methods of operation which will help us understand the evidence I will present.

First: Israel depends on aerial surveillance. Israel uses the MK [unmanned aerial vehicle] to spy on towns in Lebanon. Second: I will discuss Israel’s use of technical support, including the telecom sector. Third: I will discuss Israel’s use of spies.

Has Israel conducted intelligence operations in Lebanon since 2004? When we answer this question, we will be able to understand the killings that were made.

We start with the Israeli collaborators who were arrested between 2009 and 2010. We start with the collaborators’ confessions to the Lebanese security forces. Let us take a sample of the collaborators, after which I will make some remarks.

The names of some of the collaborators who confessed to being spies include: Sader, who was born in 1964, started spying for Israel in 2006, and was arrested in 2010. His role was to gather information about the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and political figures. He confessed to providing information on President Michel Suleiman and his residence in Amchit. Sader also confessed to gathering information on LAF commander General Jean Kahwaji.

I have to say that field inspections and the gathering of information is a phase that precedes the implementation [of an operation]. Does a spy inspect a site only to gather information, or to also plot for an operation?

Sader confessed to inspecting Kahwaji’s yacht. Could he have inspected the yacht because he wanted to put a bomb in it?

Why didn’t the International Independent Investigation Commission [commissioned by the UN to investigate the Hariri assassination] question Sader or other collaborators to see if they were involved in other killings?

Syrian officials were questioned by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), but none of the Israeli officers handling Israeli collaborators in Lebanon were questioned.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar channel then showed a video on alleged Israeli spy Said Tanios Alam, who was arrested in 2009 and who started spying for Israel in 1990. He confessed to monitoring PM Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea as well as the movement of politicians in the Jbeil area.

Alam was asked to monitor Geagea. He was asked to determine when Saad Hariri visited Geagea. Why does Israel want to monitor Saad Hariri and Samir Geagea? This is the answer for the people asking “Why were March 14 alliance members assassinated?”

Who goes to Jbeil coffee shops? Most politicians visiting Jbeil were from the March 14 alliance.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video on alleged Israeli spy Nasser Nader, who was arrested in 2009 and who confessed to being involved in the 2004 killing of Hezbollah official Ghaleb Awali.

When Awali was killed, Jund al-Sham issued a statement that it was behind the assassination.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video on alleged Israeli spy Faysal Maklad, who confessed to harboring Israeli troops in Lebanon and transporting weapons.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video on alleged Israeli spy Adib Alam, who confessed to monitoring Lebanese regions as well as being involved, along with his wife, in the killing of Islamic Jihad Movement officials Mahmoud and Nidal al-Majzoub in 2006 in Saida.

The secret I want to reveal tonight is that before 1997, Hezbollah was able to catch an Israeli spy plane photographing South Lebanon and sending [the images] to an Israeli operations center. Hezbollah managed to access Israel’s spy maneuvers. This was a technical achievement for Hezbollah.

We kept this to ourselves at first. The images we intercepted were difficult to analyze. No one is capable of directly understanding these intercepted [images]. Our capacities did not allow us to intercept all the images taken by Israeli spy planes over Lebanon.

Israel later encrypted their [spy plane] operations, so sometimes we could not decipher what they photographed. Hezbollah caught pictures of Israel taking pictures from the shore to a road that leads to the southern Lebanese town of Ansariya.

We identified the place that Israel was focusing on. We wondered if Israel wanted to conduct an operation at that location.

On September 5, 1997, Israel commandos landed on the beach and took the road to Ansariya that had been photographed by the Israelis, after which there was a clash. We were not able to intercept the images of the Ansariya battle itself.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed another video of footage from an Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV) showing where Hezbollah planned an ambush against Israeli commandos. The video then shows an Israeli helicopter approaching to rescue the commandos. The video also shows Hezbollah rockets targeting the Israeli soldiers waiting for the helicopter’s rescue.

The narrator of the video says: “Until now it is uncertain if the commandos were going to plant a bomb to target a Hezbollah official or to kidnap a Hezbollah official. The intercepted UAV’s footage proves that an assassination attempt was being planned.”

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar then showed more UAV footage showing surveillance of Hezbollah official Ali Dib as the plane flies over his house in Saida. Another spy plane monitors where he worked in Saida. The narrator of the video says: “The monitoring was conducted for two years, before Dib was killed by a car bomb on the Saida road.

A video is shown of more UAV footage depicting a surveillance operation over Mahmoud al-Majzoub’s residence and workplace in Saida. The narrator of the video explains that Majzoub was killed in Saida in 2006.

Following Rafiq Hariri’s assassination, I visited his family. They asked for Hezbollah’s help in finding out who was behind the assassination.

Syria was initially accused of assassinating Hariri, until German magazine Der Spiegel published an article in May 2009 accusing Hezbollah of murdering Hariri.

Hezbollah held a meeting addressing Israeli collaborators. We assumed many collaborators escaped from Lebanon, but a few others remained in Lebanon. We decided to go back to archives we had since 2005 to see if we can intercept Israeli UAV footage of roads used by Rafiq Hariri that could be targeted by Israel.

We will display footage of Israeli UAV surveillance, mostly over Beirut. You will notice that the surveillance that we intercepted is being made from different angles. It is not being made just to conduct surveillance in general, but to prepare for a possible operation.

I want you to watch how they spied on the various routes taken by Rafiq Hariri.

Al-Manar then showed video of Israeli UAV surveillance of routes used by Rafiq Hariri: Hariri’s house in Beirut is circled by the UAV, as is the PM’s palace, Nejmeh Square and the Parliament. The UAV also follows a road taken by Hariri along the sea, including the Saint George area where Hariri was killed. Surveillance focusing on the Saint George area in detail is shown. A red circle shows the spot where Rafiq Hariri was killed.

Are there any Hezbollah offices in these areas monitored by Israel? Why is Israel monitoring these locations? Is it a coincidence that Israel is monitoring Rafiq Hariri’s routes?

Al-Manar then showed a video of Israeli UAV surveillance focusing on the Nahr al-Kalb tunnel, Jounieh, Dbayeh, after which the UAV focuses on the Faqra-Ayoun al-Siman area, which is covered in snow. The footage then shifts to the Yasou al-Malak road, which is the only road that leads to Rafiq Hariri’s spa in Faqra.

Al-Manar then showed more Israeli UAV surveillance footage monitoring the Jiyeh highway and the Saida entrance. Al-Manar then showed another video of Israeli UAV surveillance in which the UAV reaches Nejmeh Square after which it flies over the residence of Rafiq Hariri’s brother, Chafik.

We think that these videos were made in preparation for an operation.

Now we will move on to Israel’s activity on February 14, 2005, the day of Rafiq Hariri’s assassination.

Al-Manar then showed another video on Israeli aerial activity over Lebanon on February 13 and 14, 2005: The video reports that Israeli reconnaissance planes flew over Saida on February 13, 2005, while several warplanes flew over Beirut (hours before Hariri was killed). On February 14, 2005, an Israeli AWACS plane flew over Beirut along with another Israeli spy plane.

This video can be acquired by any investigative commission to ensure it is correct. We are sure of this evidence, or else we would not risk showing it.

We have evidence that Ghassan al-Jedd, an alleged Israeli spy who hosted Israeli operations teams, was present at the Rafiq Hariri crime scene. We presented the evidence to the Lebanese authorities, but Jedd escaped from Lebanon before he was caught.

Al-Manar then showed a video on Jedd, who was born in 1940 and became an Israeli spy in the early 1990s, before he escaped from Lebanon in 2009. He hosted Israeli officers in Lebanon. In March 2004, Israeli officers entered Lebanon through the sea and were hosted by Jedd for 50 hours in a location in Mount Lebanon.

We don’t trust the investigation or the UN investigation committee, but if the Lebanese government wants to appoint a reliable entity or a committee to look into this evidence we are ready to cooperate. This is the evidence we have now and will hold onto the balance of the evidence until a later date.

The full text of the above article can be found here: http://www.yalibnan.com/2010/08/09/nasrallah-accuses-israel-of-killing-hariri

 


Also see ‘Israel takes control of Lebanon’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100829215407380

Also see ‘Nasrallah: Israel behind 2005 assassination of Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100805131854574

Also see ‘NYT: Israeli spy in Lebanon is cousin of alleged 9/11 hijacker’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=2009051202465183

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