BEIRUT: The Lebanese Forces' confrontation with Hezbollah is essential to restore the role of Christians in the Levant and to correct the mistake of MP Michel Aoun through his alliance with Hezbollah, LF MP Fadi Karam said Thursday.
“A confrontation of the Lebanese Forces with Hezbollah is needed to correct the mistake committed by the Free Patriotic Movement and its head in covering up for Hezbollah and its scheme,” said Karam during a press conference held at the Beirut headquarters of the LF.
“[Such confrontation] is the only hope [left] in restoring the real historic role of the Christians in bringing back the [power of the] state and its institutions,” he added.
Aoun has signed a memo of understanding with Hezbollah in 2006 and the two groups have been allied under the March 8 coalition ever since.
The LF has repeatedly accused Hezbollah of undermining the state, most recently through their recent intervention in the Syrian war despite the Baabda Declaration which stipulates Lebanese neutrality towards the crisis.
Karam also slammed the Christian Gathering of the Levant launched by Aoun last month and said it is a “mere show for the Free Patriotic Movement and some March 8 figures who show hostility toward the Lebanese Forces.”
In November, Aoun launched the Christian Gathering of the Levant in the presence of various religious figures from Jordan, Iraq and Syria and gave the Arab governments the responsibility of protecting Christians in the region against the threat of Salafist movements.
Karam said that Christianity stands against tyrants, in reference to Aoun’s defense of Syria’s Assad regime.
“Any tyrant in the world is an enemy to Jesus Christ, and those who hold suspicious conferences in the presence of the envoy of the tyrant cannot claim to be defending Christians,” he said in reference to the presence of Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdel Karim Ali, during the Christian Gathering.
Karam also described as “diabolic” Aoun’s defense of the Christians in the Levant, accusing the FPM leader of spreading lies and delusions.
He nevertheless stressed that the Muslim-Christian alliance does not weaken the Christian influence in the region.
“The Christian presence in Lebanon has always been as strong as it has been in its partnership with the Muslim presence,” he said.