Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Image Credit: EPA

Contrary to expectations, the footage, pictures and the analysis presented by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah would not hold water in any court and is thus not sufficient to indict Israel in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

Most of the so-called evidence was circumstantial. We didn't see anything that could directly link the Israelis to the Valentine's Day 2005 crime, which has radically reshaped Middle East politics.

However, the information given by Nasrallah and the confessions of so many alleged Israeli spies, who have been arrested in the past two years, put into question the reluctance of the United Nations' Special Tribunal for Lebanon to consider the Israeli angle in the assassination.

To the surprise of many, Israel was excluded from day one as a potential suspect. Investigators and Lebanese officials directed the probe along a single track; targeting Syria.

Lately, Syria seems to have been exonerated and Hezbollah has replaced it as the main suspect. Even Al Qaida was considered at one stage — but never Israel.

Israel has the motive and the capability to carry out such a crime. It has committed many crimes in Lebanon and other parts of the Arab world. The UN commission thus should not have ruled it out as a potential suspect.