"Regarding early parliamentary elections, which the opposition is calling for, and Nasrallah’s claims that the "majority will change" if early elections are held, Siniora asked: "How is Nasrallah forecasting the results of the election? Can he tell the future by reading palms or coffee grains?"
Siniora also said Syria is "dear to me, after Lebanon" and that his government "is working hard at assisting in issues of concern to Hizbullah and all the Lebanese, such as the liberation of Shebaa Farms."
He added that he doesn’t "appreciate accusations of outside influence" on his Cabinet.
"We all know Iran is donating money to a part of Lebanon, but why not do it in a transparent and direct way via the government’s bank?" asked Siniora, dismissing allegations that his government is a puppet government for the US.
However, despite the sharp words from both leaders, both have said the door is still open for dialogue.
"Our hand and heart is open and we will continue," said Siniora. "We won’t dig trenches in Beirut streets; we will build bridges of love among the Lebanese, Christian and Muslim."
"There is no such thing as victory for Lebanon by one team winning over another," he said. "It’s only a victory when all sides win together."" Daily Star
"La Ghalib illa Allah (No Victor but God) is an old, old Muslim aphorism. It is sculpted in plaster all over the Alhambra and its message of the futility of man’s ambitions and "petty" warring is eternal.
In the Beirut, a "Lebanese Solution" that at least temporarily (and what else could be possible?) resolves differences is always just around the corner. Siniora, Hariri, Nasrallah and Aoun have all made it clear that if left to themselves they will find a messy, muddled, "Lebanese" solution for the present political turmoil in Beirut. There have already been a couple of "false starts," thwarted largely by the intervention of foreign diplomats. If there is a renewal of the Lebanese civil war, it will occur because we foreigners have blocked the customary pattern of intra-Lebanese conflict resolution.
There have been vast numbers of Shia in the streets in the last week. Marching with them are their Aouni Christian "allies." These people are under tight discipline. Nasrallah tells them not to interrupt speakers and they do not. Nasrallah tells them not to fire shots in the air to celebrate speakers they like, and they do not. Nasrallah tells them that they will pray at Sunni mosques and they do. He told them to pray at Christian churches on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if they do. I was told yesterday by Sunni Lebanese that in some churches in Beirut people are lighting candles in honor of Nasrallah. Why? Because he promises a reform to end "confessionalism" in Lebanon. General Aoun wants the same thing. All Lebanese know in their hearts that without an end to "confessionalism" Lebanon will never amount to much.
Siniora does not like the accusation that the American ambassador is his boss? To prevail he will have to convince the people in the streets who carry signs that read "An End to Feltman’s Government" that this accusation is false. pl