Former Lebanese president and current Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel slammed Hezbollah’s role in Syria’s civil war and for serving foreign regimes at Lebanon’s expense and called for developing a system based on ‘the nation’ and not ‘the sects’ in Lebanon.
During a speech at Biel marking the 77th anniversary of his party’s establishment, Gemayel said: “Through its latest stances in Lebanon and Syria, Hezbollah put itself in front of dangers that neither it nor Lebanon can bear the consequences.”
Referring to the Baabda Declaration and the dialogue talks he said: “We have reached an understanding at the National Dialogue to use Hezbollah’s arms in of the state as part of a defense strategy led by the army and not to support the foreign regimes at the expense of Lebanon ,” he said in reference to Hezbollah’s military involvement in the increasingly sectarian Syrian civil war and its allegiance to Iran.
Hezbollah’s arsenal “should not be in the service of foreign regimes as part of a regional strategy,” he added.
Gemayel also said that the “level of sectarianism and hegemony is high in our political life.”
“This is the real threat that should be resolved before it is too late,” he said, adding that “ the formula in Lebanon should be ‘the people, the Army and the martyrs’.”
Hezbollah on the other hand insists that the formula should be the people, the Army and the Resistance.
He rejected “taking a unilateral decision in deciding the fate of the Lebanese.”
“We are the party of the martyrs and not the party of arms. Don’t get the address wrong,” Gemayel said.
“We are not terrorized by statements,” he said, adding “we don’t look for arms but we resist all weapons.”
“It is still possible for the state to rise but statelets are rejected,” he said in reference to Hezbollah.
As the party celebrated the 77th anniversary of its establishment it also remembered its martyrs, mainly former Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel.
Pierre, son of the Phalange party leader , was shot in broad daylight on November 21, 2006 as he was driving his car in the North Metn town of Jdeideh. His bodyguard was also killed.
“The martyr lives forever and doesn’t die,” his brother MP Sami Gemayel said earlier when he took to the podium along with Pierre’s two sons.
“The more you try to kill the Phalange,” the more the supporters of the party will expand, the lawmaker said.
“We still believe in Lebanon despite desperation … and the paralysis of institutions,” The Phalange party leader said. “Our belief in Lebanon is stronger than all challenges.”
He called for partnership among the Lebanese – Christians and Muslims – to resolve its crises and for coming up with initiatives to end the shattered state of the country.
The Phalange Party was formed in 1936 as a Maronite paramilitary youth organization turning later into a political party that played a major role in the Lebanese Civil War.