PSP leader Walid Jumblatt leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Monday defended Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai's visit to occupied Jerusalem and Israel, saying regional developments affecting Christians necessitated such a trip.Rai's trip to the Holy Land sparked controversy in Lebanon even before the patriarch embarked on his journey, with some describing it as a "historical mistake".Hezbollah has been particularly critical of Rai's meeting with former South Lebanese Army members who fled into Israel in 2000 after the Israeli army withdrew from south Lebanon ending 22 years of occupation.
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