BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Thursday of a pro-Israel “foreign agenda” aimed at dividing the region into confessional pockets.
“We should be cautious because there is a foreign agenda linked to Israel for its own safety and security,” Rai said during his meeting with a delegation from Akkar, north Lebanon.
“If they needed to threaten the Arab world for the sake of Israel, they would not hesitate, so we should be cautious not to fall in the trap and everyone should be aware of their own responsibility because what is happening is unfortunate and dangerous,” Rai said.
He also noted that the only beneficiary from the current regional situation was Israel and the “foreign agenda” started long time ago.
“They thought Lebanon would be the first to collapse into mini states,” he said.
He also voiced hope that the Arabs “resolve their confessional disputes that were designed by the West and Israel,” which aim primarily at rejecting the principle of coexistence.
Rai said that the so-called Arab Spring is now distorted as the region now faced the rise of radical movements.
He also hoped rival Lebanese politicians would resolve their own disputes “because the people are fed up,” saying the country should live up to its role as an element of stability and peace in the region.
“We hope that politicians recognize the dangerous situation in Lebanon and they should know that Lebanon should play its role in creating stability and peace in the region,” he said.