BEIRUT: The Lebanese Forces hit back at its Christian rivals in the Free Patriotic Movement Thursday, with MP Fadi Karam saying that creating fear among Christians only leads to conflict.
“We witnessed attempts by some people to intimidate Christians and incite sectarian strife by exaggerating the threats in order to gain popular support at the expense of people’s interests,” Karam said at a LF ceremony in Ehmej.
He was referring to remarks from Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil that the climate in Lebanon’s political arena had done much to marginalize Christians.
Speaking after the Change and Reform bloc meeting headed by Michel Aoun, Bassil likened the exodus of Christians from Iraq to the vacancy in the top Christian post in Lebanon, saying that the FPM rejected the absence of "indigenous Christians" from Mosul and Baabda Palace.
Without naming them, the LF lawmaker said the FPM’s actions would only incite sectarian divisions, arguing that what it failed to understand was "that with such policies they are contributing to the conspiracy to destroy Lebanon, the land of coexistence, and [helping to] facilitate the work of foreign parties who seek to sow divisions just like in 1974.”
“The Lebanese Forces will not allow anyone to intimidate Christians.”