Hezbollah deploys delegation to push Patriarch Rai to scrap plans to visit Jerusalem


patriarch-rai-def-4A delegation from Hezbollah is expected to visit Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Tuesday on the occasion of Liberation Day and a time of heated debates over his visit to Jerusalem, reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Anba on Sunday.

The daily said that the delegation will indirectly attempt to persuade the patriarch against making the trip or thank him for canceling it should he do so before Tuesday.

Liberation Day, marking the end of Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, falls on May 25.

President Michel Suleiman had recently informed al-Rahi that it was preferable for him not to visit the Holy Land later this month over controversy over the planned trip.

The president also expressed readiness to provide political cover to any stance made by the Maronite patriarchate to go back on the decision to go ahead with the visit.

Al-Rahi had however reportedly defended his decision to accompany Pope Francis to Jerusalem and hinted that he would not change his mind, saying that as Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, it is his duty to welcome the Pope in any country in the region.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Thursday al-Rahi was not part of the official delegation heading to the Holy Land and was going on his own initiative.

Al-Rahi would be the first patriarch to travel to Israel since the Jewish state was created in 1948.




6 responses to “Hezbollah deploys delegation to push Patriarch Rai to scrap plans to visit Jerusalem”

  1. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Just let him go..

    1. AkhouManUki Avatar

      Not in the ignorant minds of Hezbollah. It’s the same ideology of ignorance that has set us Arabs back while Israel’s approach to learning more about our countries, people, language and culture has given them a significant advantage. When are these morons going to wake up and realize that this childlike mentality is doing more harm than good.

  2. sweetvirgo Avatar

    I hope he does go…but I wonder what will happen when he comes back??

    1. AkhouManUki Avatar

      Three words – deep cavity search.

      1. sweetvirgo Avatar


  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Rai will use Logic … Shiites dumped that in 1400 … the debates will have the same results as trying to pick a president. (oh, excuse me … elect a president … hohohoho)

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