Some political analysts have blamed the Israeli regime for a deadly car bombing in the Lebanese capital in which at least eight people, including a senior intelligence official, were killed and dozens of others were injured. “As 1992 to today in the day bombing of Beirut the identical scenario, who benefits from attempting to divide Lebanon and spread the turmoil, who benefits destabilizing the government in Damascus, who states to destabilize Beirut and subject Lebanon to civil war, the Zionist regime (Israel), the Mossad. It is a classical operation of Mossad,” Ralph Schoenman, a political commentator from Berkeley, told Press TV. Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan -- the intelligence chief of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces - is believed to be the intended target of the attack that took place near Sassine Square in Beirut’s predominantly Christian district of Ashrafiya on Friday. Wissam al-Hassan had recently dismantled an Israeli spy cell in Lebanon. Lebanese government is to hold an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the Friday’s deadly bomb blast. The government has already declared Saturday a day of mourning for the victims of the incident. Lebanese political parties have described the terrorist attack as an attempt to destabilize the country. Meanwhile, the anti-Syrian March 14 alliance has said Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati must be held accountable for the bombing, calling for his resignation.
The anti-Syrian group has also accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of orchestrating the attack and has demanded the expulsion of Syrian ambassador to Lebanon. This is while the Syrian government was among the first countries to condemn the bombing as a “cowardly” move.Prime Minister Mikati said the government was trying to identify and punish the perpetrators of the terrorist attack. Friday’s attack is the worst to hit Beirut in almost four years. MHB/DB/MA