Suddenly, contradictory Sunni parties mobilized, and gathered to target one person. She is the one who did not meet anything in her time. Voices and websites affiliated with Hezbollah, Iran, President Najib Mikati, Major General Ashraf Rifi and Prime Minister Saad Hariri all attacked the former Interior Minister, MP Nihad Al-Machnouk, with accusations from all sides that begin with corruption and do not end with treason and labor.
The reason is that Al-Machnouk, in the sludge of regional conditions and the inflamed Lebanese crises, and the sharp political division, is working with “colleagues and veterans of the martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri’s crowd in more than one Lebanese region,” to launch the “Third Independence Movement,” as he said in an interview with “Call home.”
The timing: “Within a month,” and the goal: “liberating Lebanon from the Iranian occupation of the political decision in Lebanon.”
It is a declaration that establishes al-Machnouk’s final and complete political independence, which will bring down the curtain on his coexistence with “political freedom” and may be freed from its “many loopholes”, without leaving the mantle of “national liberty, which is represented in the indisputable constants.”
Al-Machnouk’s recent appearance from “Bloomberg – Al Sharq” TV, the recent Saudi satellite channel, and his declaration that it is part of a kitchen working to prepare for the launch of the “Third Independence Movement,” triggered criticism and accusations. It was remarkable that most of them were issued by major Sunni forces or their representatives. For the first time, I met one opinion, which was the attack on Al-Machnouk and the skepticism of his role and political project. And it was met by sites of the “resistance”, as if he was an alliance in the face of Al-Machnouk between the opposition and the “future” and traditional Sunnis, who were disgruntled by his words in their councils.
The “Saudi” look nourished the look, the possibility of it being a veiled message to the Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, that he has come to you who could be qualified as your substitute. This leads to a serious question: Did Al-Machnouk come to play?
Beirut’s deputy did not spare the Prime Minister-designate from his criticisms during the “Saudi” interview, intentionally differentiating between “national freedom” and “political freedom with many flaws.” He repeated the discussion of the “mistakes that were made in managing the presidential settlement,” which brought General Michel Aoun as President of the Republic.
The rift has recently expanded in the relationship between al-Machnouk and al-Hariri. It is as if Al-Machnouk announces his enrollment in a new political movement, but turns the page of past years during which he joined Saad Hariri’s “political freedom” before leaving it forever, announcing a new term, most likely with Arab blessing, primarily Saudi Arabia.
Perhaps for this reason, his movement provoked four prominent Sunni forces, because it knows that someone like the hanged does not usually start out in his positions from a vacuum? How if the matter is related to launching a political movement in the face of “the Iranian political occupation of the Lebanese decision.” It is a regional address, not a local one, but rather a regional context.
Whoever follows Al-Machnouk’s political career realizes that his latest movement cannot be an individual work based in his office in Sanayeh. Of course, it is not a Beiruti initiative or with electoral goals. He is the one who continues to assert that he will not be a candidate in the parliamentary elections under the current law, which he considers the “Cain and Abel” law. Al-Machnouk is known for his extensions, background and clear Arab relations, and he is in constant contact with the most prominent Arab ambassadors present in Lebanon.
The mobilization against it may be justified. But it came rough. He began by releasing an accusation from the US ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, and was attributed to her as saying that he was “corrupt,” which was later denied by embassy sources. Then it became subject to successive criticism from many websites affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran, including Al-Ahed, Al-Mayadeen, and Al-Alam, and others affiliated with Sunni forces, such as former Prime Minister Najib Mikati (Lebanon 24) and General Ashraf Rifi (activists). The Future Movement was the pioneer among them, which had not yet accepted the release of the hanged from the cloak of Hariri, the son, and the response came through the media coordinator in its ranks.
In an interview with Nidaa Al Watan, Al-Machnouk says that there are “difficulties facing the launch of the third independence movement, particularly in the ongoing contacts with Christian forces and personalities, despite the fact that the idea started from Bkerke’s cloak, and its goal is to stand by Patriarch Bechara Al-Rai and his initiative, in defense of the entity. The Lebanese and the Taif Agreement and the independence of the political decision occupied by Iran. So we are facing a pivotal month. Work is underway to gather opponents of Iran into a unified political front, of which Al-Machnouk will be one of the faces, coinciding with the emergence of Saudi-Iranian dialogue tables from Baghdad to Damascus, through the US-Iranian dialogue in Vienna.
But basically, the appearance of Machnouk cannot be missed, whether in terms of announcing the “Third Independence Movement,” or his choice to target “the Iranian political occupation of Lebanon’s decision.”