Hizbullah MP Ali Ammar accused him of being on the payroll of March 14, and Nasrallah asked him to shut up and stop his "instigation" against Hizbullah. But Ali al-Amin, the Shia mufti for Tyre and Jabal Amel, which covers most of Hizbullah's zone of influence, is making history in Lebanon. He is reclaiming the Shia voice, which he says speaks for the Lebanese project, and not Hizbullah's Iranian project, which puts national interest last.
Our presence alone in the Arab-Israel struggle is illogical, because we are part of an Arab nation, part of a whole… If all [Arab countries] choose confrontation then we will be part of this confrontation. The part cannot bear the duties of the whole, which (the duties) are not the resistance of one party, or the Shia sect or not even all Lebanese.
Al-Amin rejected the Hizbullah logic "they use in defending our country," adding that " the country is not yours alone, the country is mine and yours and we all have to agree on how to defend our country."
If you ask people: are you with Hizbullah's project which impairs the (Lebanese) state project? They respond: we are with the state and with Hizbullah against Israel and not with Hizbullah in obstructing the state project. This is the opinion of the majority of Shia and not the opinion of a minority or a few individuals.
Referring to the situation in the south before the army deployment, he said: "the state is not present through a police station or a small ineffective military contingent."
Asked about Wilayat al-Faqih, the basis of Hizbullah's ideology, al-Amin said that Hizbullah puts Wilayat al-Faqih above national interests even though Khomeini's ideology does not work in Lebanon. He said that during disputes in the south, they always put Iran first, ahead of the south, and now they're putting Iran first at the expense of Lebanon.
They say may Lebanon go ( fall to pieces) but the [Islamic] republic stay… this is the wrong determination...
He cited as an example what Ali Ammar said when he launched an attack on other political parties and then sent his regards to Khamenei in Iran.
Hizbullah is not connected to any (Iranian) President, reformist or not. Hizbullah is directly attached to Wilayat al-Faqih. That is why they were not on good relations with Preisent Mohammad Khatami when he was in power…
Al-Amin said his job is not to create an alternative to Hizbullah, but to alert to mistakes and point to paths that need to be rectified. Whether or not people will choose other parties (than Hizbullah) is up to them to decide.
On the subject of the resistance integrating into the army, he said:
I don't see how that would diminish Hizbullah. Hizbullah's stated objectives are defending Lebanon, and the Lebanese army that is deploying in large numbers in the south with important international support is (the army) concerned with protecting Lebanon. And when Hizbullah's military wing joins that army, the army becomes stronger, and the arms that Hizbullah would hand over to the army become part and parcel of the army, because it is part of the state.
In an interview with al-Mustaqbal, al-Amin defended the Lebanese cabinet against treason charges leveled by Hizbullah following Tony Blair's visit, saying that only the Lebanese government decides what governments or heads of states it wants to have relations with, and that it should not have to ask the parties' (read Hizbullah's) opinions.
The state project has been launched and is on track. We are all expected to support it.