Hizbullah wants March 14 and the government to surrender everything, from executive power to weapons they say Jumblatt has in the Chouf mountain. At the same time, they get to keep their weapons and use heavy artillery against the civilian population.
Parliament speaker and Amal militia leader Nabih Berri wants the government to revoke the two decisions affecting Hizbullah, as a condition to ending the war and starting his proposed dialogue, which he decreed should precede the election of a president.
Talal Arslan, the pro-Syrian Druze defeated by Jumblatt in the last elections, has been acting as mediator between Hizbullah and Jumblatt, who had agreed to hand over all PSP positions to the Lebanese army. In a press conference today, Arslan implicitly sent Jumblatt's supporters a warning to surrender today or risk Hizbullah fury tomorrow. Arslan warned Jumblatt's supporters that the Lebanese army will not protect them if they decide not to surrender their weapons and alleged weapons cache. He cited a list, which he probably got from his Syrian masters, detailing the whereabouts of Jumblatt's weapons cache.
Although Jumblatt, who is besieged in his Beirut residence, had agreed to these demands, his supporters and other residents of Chouf could not get themselves to accept those terms, which would mean the Jabal falling under Syrian hegemony once again. They put up a good fight against Hizbullah in some villages, and suffered heavy bombardment.
In an interview with al-Hayat published today, Jumblatt said Hizbullah's objective is to prevent March 14 from ruling. Bashar Assad wants to replace him with Arslan, Jumblatt said, adding that the decision to not fight back was hard.
Jumblatt admitted that he and Hariri could have put up a fight, but that they would have eventually suffered a defeat due to the other side's superior capabilities. He said he remembered the threat Bashar Assad made to Rafik Hariri before he killed him. "I will destroy the country over your head", Bashar had said. "I did not want the country to burn, and have people say Jumblatt was the reason, even if I were in a position of self-defence… we evaluated the situation on the ground and saw that we could enter the confrontation but our capabilities are limited compared to Hizbullah's… I didn't want the people of the jabal to commit suicide."
Siniora's cabinet was expected to meet today to revoke the two decisions, after receiving a request from the Lebanese Army command, which has been acting as a messenger for Hizbullah.
March 14's position has been debated at length on this blog. Hariri has not uttered a single word since the first day of the war. His proposal was adopted by the cabinet, but the opposition wanted Siniora to reverse its decisions.
It doesn't look like March 14 will be able to control the masses any longer. The anti-Hizbullah resistance in the Jabal, and the Future movement's action in the north, suggest that Hizbullah will soon have to deal with a rebellious population. Qatar succeeded in buying time for Hizbullah to create more facts on the ground, but the delegation of ministers it will head will find that many Lebanese people do not care about dialogue with the likes of Nasrallah.
Update. It looks like the Syrians will not even allow the the Arab League delegation to land in Lebanon. Bashar's stooge Wiam Wahab today described Amr Moussa, who reportedly is insisting on using the Beirut airport, as a "small spy who sold himself to Saudi Arabia.. we would prefer to negotiate directly with the Americans". The pro-Syrian militias have been firing at the Saudi Embassy since the start of Hizbullah's war against the state, forcing the Saudi ambassador to flee the country. One wonders how long the Saudis will wait before they take some form of action against Bashar.