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Hezbollah Leader Defends Involvement in Syria

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is basing his involvement in the Syrian war on grounds that are both religious and having to do with the conflict with Israel, writes Jean Aziz.
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks on television as a barber shaves a customer at a men's hairdresser shop in Beirut, April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir  (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXZ5BG
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Over the past two days, Beirut has been busy pondering a key question: Why did Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah choose to give a speech this week, after he had been scheduled to make a televised appearance to Hezbollah media, from an unknown location, on May 9? What recent developments made it necessary reschedule the speech to April 30?

On that evening, Hezbollah’s secretary-general said that his speech was moved forward because the issues are too numerous and complex to be covered in a single speech and because the issues are of two types: Some are purely Lebanese while others are foreign-linked. He decided to address the purely Lebanese issues on May 9 and the foreign-linked ones on April 30.

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