By Louise Osborne - Special to The Washington Times Shares
"It is a setback and a defeat for the Siniora government," said Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. "The government certainly did not want to give this veto and has resisted for the last 18 months."
"Hezbollah cannot survive as it is now, as an armed militia, if Syria and Israel have peace and that is the main concern in its immediate future," he said. "A move to consolidate its position in the capital and in the government is an insurance policy against that eventuality to be able to survive that."