Gaza bleeds again. And again it struggles to return some of the people's attention to the main cause, Palestine.
Meanwhile, in Lebanon some seek to exploit the Palestinian blood to agitate security quakes from the Palestinian refugee' gates.
Despite the return of cautioned calm to the refugee camps of Nahr al-Bared and Ain el-Hilweh, the security file remained under the Lebanese officials' Intensive Care observation. In this context, it was learned that the recent security developments will be the main plate on the national table menu scheduled to convene next Monday.
This came as the electricity crisis continues to escalate on more than one level.
Cautioned Calm Prevails, Ghosn Warns of Interferences
On the security level, Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn announced Thursday that "the Palestinian leadership in the refugees camps expressed, during the recent contacts, their commitment to the truce and their refusal to drag the camps into any trouble with the Lebanese Army (LA)."
However, Ghosn warned in an interview with "as-Safir" Lebanese newspaper, that "the situation is not reassuring, because the interference of affected sides remains an option."
"This requires the highest degree of vigilance and caution," he added.
Ghosn also reiterated that "the military branch will continue to exercise self-restraint policy, but within the limits."
"It's unacceptable to target the LA or its prestige," he said and pointed out that "this is settled and not to be debated."
The Defense Minister highlighted that "the country has been passing through an abnormal period, which makes it open to all possibilities."
"We hope that all sides respect the LA and refrain from compromising it, because it preserves the security of the whole country and all citizens away from any distinction or discrimination," he told "as-Safir".
In parallel, military sources informed "an-Nahar" that "the Palestinian refugee camps witnessed Wednesday a quiet calm parallel to connections being pursued in order to restore normal conditions to normal."
"The LA performs the same measures and procedures," the sources noted.
They further asserted that "the calls for decreasing the security measures in the camps can't take place under pressure and needs a climate of confidence."
"Everyone saw how they broke into the LA center in Nahr al-Bared and wounded three of its elements and burned the military vehicle," the sources clarified and noted that "fabricating problems with the LA serves no one ."
As the sources the army acknowledged that "the LA acts as the boy's mother," they stressed that "the LA is firm in preserving the country's security parallel to maintaining its presence and prestige, especially since the Lebanese arena is open to many local and foreign bombing factors."
"It is true that the LA is covered politically by the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, the Government and the Supreme Defense Council, but no one raises a voice against what it has been suffering," the military sources said.
They added: "The LA is lonely facing the threats as if there is a collective resignation of the officials in the country."
For its part, "al-Akhbar" daily reported that contacts took place between House Speaker Nabih Berri and "National Struggle Front" Leader MP Walid Jumblatt in an attempt to end the bleed and security tensions in the country.
"A consensus appeared between both officials on the need to make the necessary contacts to ease tensions, as well as actions that will reduce the congestion experienced by the street, especially in the North," the paper revealed.
On the livelihood issues, people's anger over power outages continued, waiting to that Electricite Du Liban fulfills its promises to increase electricity rates gradually in the coming days.
Moussawi Warns of Another US-Backed Wheel Revolution to Topple Gov't
In this context, "Loyalty to the Resistance" bloc MP Nawaf Moussawi accused the US administration of "disrupting the generating electricity project provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran."
In remarks to "al-Joumhoria" daily, Moussawi stated that "the Iranian offer to establish electricity generators, which if constructed will cover Lebanon's need for 24/24 hours over a year, or to send electricity vessels has been set aside."
"They turned a blind eye on such an offer because of the US veto that threatened Lebanon with economic sanctions in the event the offer found its way towards implementation," Moussawi added.
He further addressed the US administration by saying: "Why did not you provide
an alternative to this offer through your allies?"
"We know that the other team [March 14], backed by the US, has a problem with the weapon, but with electricity?" the MP wondered.
He also said that "becuase of the bad behavior of the colonial US administration, all the Lebanese people are deprived of the grace of getting help from the country's Iranian friend."
Moussawi believed that "there are those who want to turn the electricity crisis in Lebanon into another wheels' revolution to topple the current government."
"This would be similar to the first "revolution" that overthrew the government of former Prime Minister Omar Karami," he feared.
The MP asserted that "this attempt is associated with the pursuit of external and internal sides to overthrow the government," he added.
Similarly, "as-Safir" quoted a well-informed majority source who viewed "the street actions are suspicious," adding that some powers "are riding the popular wave of discontent to achieve political goals."
"The government is therefore required to quickly contain the energy crisis," the source noted.
He further considered "what is currently happening is part of the soft war against the government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, under the cover of roles' distribution between those who try to overthrow the government in the open air, and those who move in this direction at the dialogue table."
Meanwhile, MP Jumblatt accused the "Change and Reform" bloc of being responsible for the deteriorating electricity situation in Lebanon.
In an interview with "as-Safir", Jumblatt said " this blocdoes not want to benefit from Arab funds and it does not want to grant the private sector a role in tackling this sector."
"They should be held directly responsible for the current energy crisis," he added.
Charbel: Political Decision to Deal with Protests
For his part, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said, that a political decision was taken to circumvent protests, which disrupt traffic.
"A political decision was considered and adopted in the highest ranks to put an end to the phenomenon of road blocking, as the circumstances we are going through are not normal," Charbel stated.
"We are concerned that some infiltrators might exploit the just demands of the protesters and attack them; we would then enter into the unknown," he added.
The minister also said that the protests were unlikely to resolve the electricity crisis, adding that "they rather harm the economy, tourism, the environment, as well as health, since [the fumes of] burning tires might cause dangerous illnesses."
Source: Lebanese dailies, Translated and Edited by moqawama.org