Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah responded on Monday to the claim made by German newspaper 'Der Spiegel' according to which the investigative tribunal probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has concluded that the responsibility for the incident lies with Hizbullah.
"We see the Der Spiegel report as an Israeli accusation… this claim is very very dangerous," Nasrallah said in a celebratory speech marking nine years since Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
"Der Spiegel belongs to the Zionist lobby, which funds its operations," the Hizbullah leader added. He also said that the publication of the claim is part of an attempt by Israel and the United States to stir conflict between the Arab world and Iran, as well as to spark factional clashes in Lebanon itself.
"This plan is the last weapon remaining in the American and Israeli plan to create hostility between Arabs and Iran," he said.
Nasrallah recalled that this is not the first time Hizbullah has been accused of assassinating the popular Hariri, and claimed that the Der Spiegel report coincides with numerous Israeli statements made after a similar article was published by a Kuwaiti paper.
"There are elections in Lebanon, and Israel and the United States are scared of the opposition's victory, they are trying to change the outcome. The Israelis want to start civil war in this country."