Walid Jumblatt has come out in support of Berri’s dialogue, in part to “test the opposition’s intentions”, and because “dialogue is the only solution”, he said.
By declaring his support for Berri, Jumblatt broke with his March 14 colleagues, many of whom are demanding the election of a president precede any “dialogue”, especially one that takes place outside the state's institutions.
With Geagea still in opposition, and Hariri on the bubble, Berri went ahead and set a date for the electoral session, encouraged by the “positive reaction” to his call. He said the dialogue would end with a declaration of intentions regarding two issues: the make up of the government, and the electoral law. He promised to convene parliament on May 13th to elect a president after the declaration is made.
It seems that everybody, including Jumblatt, know that this "dialogue" is a bad idea. It's been done before, and it led nowhere. I don’t think Jumblatt needs it to discover the intentions of his opponents. The days of the J&B love-hate parade are long gone. So what’s going on?