Egyptian paper - Israel is behind the assassination of Rafic Hariri
CAIRO, Feb. 20 (SANA)
Egyptian ‘ al-Osbo’ newspaper stressed that Israel is the first benefited from assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.
" The circulated information indicate that Israel has been looking for finding a means to put interior pressures on Lebanon, abort the national resistance and to inflame interior wars in Lebanon," the papers said in a report will be issued tomorrow .
The paper touched upon the meeting of the Israeli cabinet several months ago that discussed means of aggravating the situation on the Lebanese arena.
" The authorities suggested arranging assassination of one of Senior Lebanese figures on the condition that this would be a preparatory stage for another assassinations inside Lebanon to embarrass Syria and destabilize the region," the paper mentioned.
"Israel began to communicate with its agents on the Lebanese arena and asked for help of the US intelligence bureaus to carry out the scheme then it chose Hariri to be the starting point." The paper added.
The paper emphasized that this crime aims at directing a strong blow to the Syrian-Lebanese relations and aggravating the situation on the Lebanese interior scene.
"How planners of this crime knew the issue of changing the electronic equipment which the late premier’s convoy was equipped with? How they could shut off and jam those equipment were exported from the U.S.? who possesses such big capabilities to implement such a complicated and difficult operation of assassination?" the paper inquired.
In the same context, Sheikh of al-Azhar, Mohammad Sayed Tantawi described the assassination crime as it represents the top of terrorism and a direct strike to peace and stability in Lebanon .
He called the Lebanese people to unify their ranks to face any attempt targeting his unity and stability.