Within the span of two hours both Saad Hariri and Walid Jumblatt held press conferences to address the recent developments in Lebanon and surrounding it.
One of Saad's focal points was the importance of an empowered state that could bring dignity to its people. Saad also addressed the issue of the army heading south, looking forward to its new role there. Moreover, Hariri launched a verbal attack against Syrian president Bashar Assad and his latest speech, which he described as bombing and shelling of a different kind launched against lebanon. Saad spent quite some time on his attack against Assad, and addressed the Syrian population once or twice, declaring his support and appreciation for them. He ended his press conference by stressing the need for national unity.
On the other hand, Jumblatt's press conference was a longer one of which a very large bulk was dedicated to Nasralla, posing a series of questions for the HA chief, and highlighting inconsistencies in their behaviour as proof of their questioning of the Taif state. Jumblatt asked whether HA recognized the Taif state and the armisitce agreement of 1949, whether Lebanon would have to be the only one fighting Israel while not a shot is fired from the Golan heights, and whether dignity is achievable without state institutions. Jumblatt considered the agreement by which the army is sent south as vague, pointing out that Nasralla's argument of protecting Lebanon via the resistance does not hold, citing all the destruction that Lebanon endured. Jumblatt wonedered whether our state was destined for the same fate as the Palestinian authority of Arafat and Abu Mazen...
Aftert that Jumblatt turned his focus to Assad, reminding him that he had managed to move past the assassination of his father (by Syria), to foil the May 17th agreement with Israel. He continued in his line of questions, asking whether the only way the Syrian regime knew how to conduct resistance was through Lebanon, only to improve the regime's negotiating position with the US. He then paused to ask Nasralla whether the consensus on pursuing the investigation in the Hariri assassination still held. Jumblatt accused the Syrian regime of exporting militants to Iraq, wondering if we were destined for a similar fate.
Jumblatt ended his press conference with a series of quotations from various notable Shias. He began with the former Iranian president Khatami who had advocated for the promotion of moderate christianity and moderate Islam and had cited Lebanon as a model of such moderation. He referred to Khatami saying that while Israel would have no problems pursuing its historic goals, we should not provide her with the excuses that allow her to do so. Jumblatt then referred to the very well respected late Shia sheikh, Shamseddine, who had asked the Shias to integrate in their respective countries and not seek different paths than those of their countrymen...