News reports on several news sites focused on meetings between Lebanese MP and key February 14 figure Walid Jumblatt with a number of Israeli officials. According to the Nablus internet site, Jumblatt had held a meeting with former Israeli Chief of Staff Moshe Kaplinski. The site quoted a senior official in the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Affairs as saying that the Jumblatt – Kaplinski meeting was held under the sponsorship of the institute management. The Washington Institute had also organized lectures for Jumblatt and Kaplinski last Friday during the annual conference for the founders of the institute.
According to the internet site, Jumblatt told Kaplinski: "You have fought and won six wars against the Arabs, although they were wars fought against nations and regular armies. The Arabs had expected your defeat in these wars, however you were defeated by a sectarian militia in the war which we and a large section of the Arab public were hoping you'd triumph in." Jumblatt was referring to Hezbollah's defeat of Israel in its 34-day aggression against Lebanon in the summer of 2006. "You ultimately left the weapons arsenal of this militia untouched so as to fight us with, because you did not enter south Lebanon and crush its dens and warehouses; this is your fatal mistake," Jumblatt told Kaplinski according to the internet site.