BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called Wednesday for the creation of a global fund to assist with the rebuilding of Gaza once the current conflict with Israel is over.
Berri, who is also head of the Amal Movement, made the suggestion during a news conference in Ain al-Tineh following a meeting with representatives of different Palestinian factions in Lebanon.
He called for the “creation of an Arab and international fund to reconstruct Gaza and the houses and properties that were destroyed in the Palestinian areas," and presented it as one of a number of conditions that should be satisfied in order to resolve the conflict. “Stopping the Israeli offensive on Gaza” was on top of his list, alongside breaking the siege imposed on the Strip, preventing any future attempt by Israel to resort to using force, and opening all crossings for Palestinian trade and laborers.
Berri said such a decision could only be reached by maintaining Palestinian unity, which he said “has proven to be the most sustainable weapon against the barbaric Israeli offensive.”
Berri has called for Parliament to convene on July 26 at 12:30 p.m. to “show solidarity with Gaza against Israeli terrorism and with Christians in Mosul and the surrounding areas against takfiri terrorism.”
Berri said the session would be dedicated to discussing the actions that could be taken concerning the Gaza offensive.
He further praised the Palestinian cause as the only common belief between the Lebanese: “Thank God that the Palestinian cause has united March 8 and 14 ... despite them not having united over Lebanon.”