Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Returning from self-imposed exile former Prime Minister Saad Hariri spoke out against Hezbollah, criticizing the Shiite militia for involving itself and Lebanon in the Syrian civil war, Lebanon's Daily Star reported on Saturday.
“Hezbollah's intervention in Syria is insanity and Hezbollah has brought this insanity to Lebanon", Hariri declared, referring to the the re-ignition of sectarian violence in Lebanon sparked by violence spilling over from Syria where Hezbollah has been aiding the Syrian regime.
Jihadists from Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida's Syrian branch, as well as militants from the Islamic State have brazenly infiltrated Lebanon in recent months, carrying out attacks and exercising shariah law in border communities, but also striking in larger cities such as Tripoli and even the capital, Beirut.
“Tying the Golan Heights to south Lebanon is insanity as well”, Hariri added, touching on last month's brief but fierce confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel in the Golan Heights.
Hariri had spent some three years abroad after the collapse of his government in 2011, but has also cited security concerns as a reason for his extended stay in France and Saudi Arabia.
He returned to mark the anniversary of his father's, Rafik Hariri's, murder.
The senior Hariri was killed in a 2005 car bomb which killed an additional 22 people and is widely believed to have been orchestrated by Hezbollah and ordered by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“Lebanon is not in an axis that extends from Iran to Syria to Palestine,” Hariri said, seemingly extending his remarks to Hezbollah's dalliance with Hamas.
"The Lebanese are not products to be used on anyone's table."