Gemayel: Lebanon is a hostage in the hands of Hezbollah

Phalange party MP Sami Gemayel said on Monday that the Lebanese state had become a hostage in the hands of Hezbollah and that the country is heading toward an inevitable civil war if the state fails to intervene and prevent people from violating the law.

“If the state does not exercise its constitutional duties to protect the Lebanese, provide stability for them and stop people from violating the law, blocking roads and using weapons the way they are using them, we are heading toward an inevitable civil war,” Gemayel told France 24 television.

Gemayel also commented on the recent abductions of Syrian and Turkish nationals by the so called ‘military wing’ of the Al-Meqdad:

“There is no such thing as the ‘military wing’ of the Al-Meqdad clan because no one can operate in Dahiyeh without the consent of Hezbollah or the Amal Movement.”

Members of the Lebanese Al-Meqdad (Mikdad) clan announced last Wednesday that their “military wing” abducted “more than 20 Free Syrian Army ( FSA) members” and a Turkish national.

The kidnapping is reportedly in retaliation to the abduction of Hassan al-Mikdad in Syria. The FSA identified the abductee as a Hezbollah member, but the militant group denied the report.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Beirut and the United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry undersecretary said their countries’ nationals should leave Lebanon immediately, as did Qatar and Bahrain. Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry issued a similar warning “in anticipation of a spillover from the Syrian crisis,” the state news agency KUNA reported.

Lebanon’s government appeared largely unable or unwilling to stop the kidnapping spree and escalating violence. Hezbollah and its allies dominate the Cabinet, which has adopted a policy of “disassociation” from the events in Syria, trying to remain neutral. Hezbollah critics say it is assisting Assad in moving the conflict to Lebanon to divert attention from the deadly civil war raging in Syria, which activists say has left 22,000 dead in 17 months.

The al-Mikdad family is a powerful Shiite Muslim clan that originally comes from the eastern Bekaa Valley, an area where state control is limited and revenge killings are common. Like most tribes in this area they are involved in drugs and have their own militia, and security officials say many of its members are outlaws wanted on arrest warrants. The family’s reach also extends to the Dhahiya a southern suburb of the capital which is controlled by Hezbollah militants.

  • Constantin7

    Indeed, we are hostages of HA, for now, but times are changing and time is NOT in HA favour. Wait till Assad falls and we will see what happens then.

    • Marwan Kassem

      Shutup and have a banana you monkey.

  • Constantin7

    Indeed, we are hostages of HA, for now, but times are changing and time is NOT in HA favour. Wait till Assad falls and we will see what happens then.

    • Marwan Kassem

      Shutup and have a banana you monkey.

  • breakthemould

    These recent events are slowly revealing who is swimming without a trunk. Their names are in our mind but not spoken out loudly, except Samaha the unfortunate to be discovered earliest. A lot are in government. A lot are well known actors with photos in front pages many papers every day. 

    • bs244846

      gemayyels father was one of the earliest i believe…review the history of amine gemayyel…further is this the way you are going to build a nation with a feodal system….Lebanon did not find except gemayyels son to lead the torch….is Lebanon in such a shortage of intelligentia…oops i forgot 5thdrawer

      • 5thDrawer

        Ya … I PREFER swimming without the trunks. Funny you should remember. 😉

  • breakthemould

    These recent events are slowly revealing who is swimming without a trunk. Their names are in our mind but not spoken out loudly, except Samaha the unfortunate to be discovered earliest. A lot are in government. A lot are well known actors with photos in front pages many papers every day. 

  • breakthemould

    These recent events are slowly revealing who is swimming without a trunk. Their names are in our mind but not spoken out loudly, except Samaha the unfortunate to be discovered earliest. A lot are in government. A lot are well known actors with photos in front pages many papers every day. 

    • bs244846

      gemayyels father was one of the earliest i believe…review the history of amine gemayyel…further is this the way you are going to build a nation with a feodal system….Lebanon did not find except gemayyels son to lead the torch….is Lebanon in such a shortage of intelligentia…oops i forgot 5thdrawer

      • 5thDrawer

        Ya … I PREFER swimming without the trunks. Funny you should remember. 😉

  • Marwan Kassem

    Hey Jerkwad. When Chadi “The Terrorist” Mawlawi was arrested, I didn’t hear anyone from the opposition saying stop the fighting and stop blocking the roads. His Wahabi friends (I refuse to use the term salafi) took to the streets, blocked roads, started shooting at the residents of Jabal Mohsen until he was released. But now because its the shia doing it everyone is up in arms.

  • Marwan Kassem

    Hey Jerkwad. When Chadi “The Terrorist” Mawlawi was arrested, I didn’t hear anyone from the opposition saying stop the fighting and stop blocking the roads. His Wahabi friends (I refuse to use the term salafi) took to the streets, blocked roads, started shooting at the residents of Jabal Mohsen until he was released. But now because its the shia doing it everyone is up in arms.

  • FadiAbboud

    The fall of Assad could be good or bad for Hezbollah…
    Either way.. hopefully it is good for Lebanon as a whole –
    One country, One army , One set of laws for everyone to follow with Justice and Liberty for all 

  • FadiAbboud

    The fall of Assad could be good or bad for Hezbollah…
    Either way.. hopefully it is good for Lebanon as a whole –
    One country, One army , One set of laws for everyone to follow with Justice and Liberty for all 

  • FadiAbboud

    The fall of Assad could be good or bad for Hezbollah…
    Either way.. hopefully it is good for Lebanon as a whole –
    One country, One army , One set of laws for everyone to follow with Justice and Liberty for all