Ghannouchi’s stand on Hezbollah terrorism
The leader of the Tunisian Ennahda Party, which was originally inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, also said that there are many points of differences between Hezbollah and his party and that he does not support all of the organization’s current activities.
In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Ghannouchi said that he appreciates the “great role” Hezbollah played in resisting the Israeli enemy in the years 2000 and 2006 and everyone acknowledges that. However, he added that he totally disagrees with Hezbollah’s support for the counter-revolution in Syria and siding with the Assad regime against the will of the Syrian people.
Certain facts need to be highlighted here. What is attributed to Hezbollah regarding the conflict with Israel in the year 2000 is actually known as the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from the safety zone plan. As for the war in 2006 in Lebanon, facts state that there wasn’t any Arab consensus or recognition of Hezbollah’s role. Rather, there was a famous historical Saudi speech during the era of the late King Abdullah in which the war in 2006 was described as an “adventure”. The matter does not end here.
Ghannouchi’s bad luck would have it that in a television interview, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the terrorist organization, says very clearly that if he knew that kidnapping two Israeli soldiers would have led to the 2006 war, he would not have allowed that to happen.
On top of this, when the leader of the Tunisian Ennahda Party said that he “completely differs with Hezbollah in its support to the counter-revolution in Syria and siding with the Assad regime against the will of the Syrian people”, he is not speaking clearly but according to the new Brotherhood way that is known as “the pious Sunni” way.
According to him, what Hezbollah is doing in Syria is not classified as supporting the counter-revolution — this is not at all true. The truth is that Ghannouchi wants to score points; he considers what happened in Egypt against Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood as a “counter-revolution” and therefore wants to say now, specifically to his followers, that he is against those who support counter-revolutions everywhere. However, the truth is that what Hezbollah is doing in Syria is criminal and classified as terrorism and not “a counter-revolution”.
According to the British Foreign Office’s Twitter account, 470,000 Syrians have been killed and one million wounded so far and the criminal of the war is one man — Bashar Assad. After all this, how can Ghannouchi say that he “differs with Hezbollah” and that he believes that what he is doing in Syria is only “supporting the counter-revolution”? Who is he trying to convince when he justifies the Muslim Brotherhood’s position that supports Hezbollah and Iran?
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