"The report reference to the involvement of Palestinians creates an atmosphere conducive to the disarming of Palestinian refugee camps and consequently eliminating any possible resistance for Israel inside Lebanon," Lebanese political analyst Talal Atrissi told IslamOnline.net.
German judge Detlev Mehlis, leading an international team investigating the massive bomb blast that killed Hariri and 20 others in Beirut in February, said members of the Damascus-based Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine – General Command coordinated with Syrian and Lebanese officials in planning the bombing.
PLFP leader Ahmed Jebril refuted the allegation in a telephone interview with IOL on Friday, October 21.
Qasim Qasir, another Lebanese political analyst, concurred.
He said the reference to the Palestinians in the Mehlis report would "speed up handling the issue of Palestinian arms in Lebanon."
The two pundits agreed that disarming the Palestinian camps would not be an easy task.
"There is no Lebanese consensus on the need to disarming the Palestinian camps," said Atrissi.
"The Lebanese also disagree on the priority of this issue at the current political turmoil."
The Lebanese expert maintained that the country's army "does not have the capabilities needed" to disarm the Palestinians by force.
"The army will pay dearly if forcing the Palestinians to lay down their arms and such a situation would have security and political repercussions," said Atrissi.
"The issue of Palestinian arms in Lebanon needs to be handle through in-depth dialogue away from foreign intervention and propaganda."
Qasir also ruled out a possible military solution to the issue, citing ongoing Lebanese-Palestinian discussions.
"There is almost a consensus that Palestinian arms should not go outside the refugee camps because they are unneeded and that arms inside the camps should be managed but not disarmed."
Earlier this month, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora received two Palestinian delegations separately on regulating Palestinian arms.
The Lebanese government stressed that Palestinian arms would not be tolerated outside the camps.
Hassan Nafa’a, an Egyptian political science professor, had a different reading of the Mehlis report.
"The Palestinian reference provides a golden opportunity for the US to achieve its agenda, particularly the settlement of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon," he told IOL.
He said Washington would first push for the disarming of Palestinians before moving on with the settlement scheme.
"The Mehlis report is part of the US plan to upset the political equation in Lebanon though an anti- Syria and anti- Palestine government that would help the US disarm Palestinians and eventually help settle the Palestinians in Lebanon."
US President George Bush had triggered Arab wrath by saying Palestinian refugees could not return to land lost in 1948.
One of the floated scenarios is to settle Palestinian refugees in their current host countries, particularly Lebanon.
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has registered at least 394.532 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon, in addition to other thousands who have not been registered.
They reside in 12 camps through out Lebanon, the biggest being Ein El-Hilweh refugee camp in Saida. All camps are overcrowded and lack the basic infrastructure.
While some Lebanese blame the Palestinians for their civil war, others argue that the settlements of Palestinians, most Sunnis, would disrupt Lebanon's sectarian-based political balance.