The Ministry of Interior has not published to date, the results of its investigations regarding the conference held in Beirut last month, by the Bahraini Al-Wefaq Society, which caused a diplomatic crisis with the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The investigation came after the conference was held, and to revive the memory, the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Bassam Mawlawi, ordered the security services to deport all members of the Bahraini Al-Wefaq Society, after defying the state and holding its conference in Beirut.
But what was ironic then, is that the ministry knew too late how the members of the association entered? And where did they reside? It woke up late, and after this awakening, it decided to prevent hotels from holding any activity of a political nature, without obtaining the necessary legal and administrative approval.
But before the decision ink dried, Hezbollah’s challenge to the Lebanese authorities was renewed. It was announced that the Bahraini opposition Al-Wefaq Society would organize a new political conference on February 14 ,at the Al-Saha Hotel on the airport road. It is noteworthy that the hotel is located in the area of Hezbollah influence, and affiliated with it.
The announcement of the conference is expected to cause an accumulation of Lebanese and Gulf crises, crises that elicited a Kuwaiti initiative, in which it streeded that Lebanon should not be a platform for aggression against the Gulf states.
The conference, which is the second in a month, affirms beyond any doubt that Hezbollah has its own agenda and that it does not pay much attention to what the Lebanese government decides, nor to its judicial or other measures.
It is the new confrontation between the Lebanese government and Hezbollah, and what is also remarkable is the timing that the party chose for the Bahraini conference, which is February 14, the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, in a flagrant defiance not only of the authority, but to the Lebanese people, especially the Beirutis.
The second conference to be held, will reveal the weakness of the government’s control over the general situation, and will put the Prime Minister in general and the Minister of Interior in particular, in the position of incapable of taking any decision, because the decision is in the hands of Hezbollah.
From now till the date of the conference next week, all eyes will be on the Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior. What decision will they take regarding the conference? If in the first conference they justified that they were “surprised”, this time, the conference is predetermined, and no surprise can be invoked.