During a visit to to the Hezbollah museum in the southern town of Mlita on Saturday, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said “We will twist the arm of U.S. Intelligence in Lebanon , just like we twisted the arm of Israel.”
Aoun did not elaborate but he is possibly referring to the mass arrest of Israeli spies during the past 2 years .
One observer commented to Ya Libnan about Aoun’s statement by saying:” The last one who should be talking about the spies is Aoun. He added that Aoun must have forgotten Karam”
Aoun predicted that Lebanon’s future will be stable, ruling out the eruption of a civil or sectarian war or Sunni-Shiite conflict in the country.
“There will not be civil or sectarian war in Lebanon,” he said
Aoun , who was accompanied by an FPM delegation was welcomed by the leader of Hezbollah parliamentary bloc MP Mohammed Raad and a number of Hezbollah officials.
Retired General Fayez Karam , a senior Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) official, was arrested by the Internal Security Forces (ISF) – Information Branch last August and was charged with espionage and providing Israel with information on Hezbollah, FPM leader Michel Aoun’s closest ally.
Hezbollah reportedly knew that Karam, was collaborating with Israel from the moment he was arrested last August , an Arab diplomat told Al-Balad newspaper in an interview published last October 22.
“Hezbollah did not bring up the issue of Karam publicly because it took into account its alliance with FPM leader MP Michel Aoun,” the diplomat said.
Karam and Aoun went into exile in France following Aoun’s defeat by the Syrian army in 1990 and both returned to Lebanon in May 2005 , 11 days following the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon.