Independent Christians, Muslims call for a Lebanon free of ISIS/Hezbollah

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hezbollah ISIS ISILIndependent Lebanese figures of the Christian and Muslim faith called on Tuesday for a Lebanon that is free of Hezbollah or the Al Qaeda inspired radical Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), according to a report by the Daily Star

A statement issued Tuesday by the Lady of the Mountains and the Shiite Consultative Gathering as well as other independent Lebanese figures slammed ISIS and Wilayat al-Faqih, an indirect reference to Hezbollah, as “spiritual sisters.”

The statement said the victories scored by ISIS and Hezbollah “are only an overwhelming evidence of the failure of the two schemes together, and that they are the product of an endless war.”

Signed by 12 Lebanese figures who participated in the gathering held Monday as part of the groups’ periodic meetings, the statement pledged solidarity with the “forces of moderation in confronting the two schemes as well as terrorism and dictatorships alike.”

Under the Wilayat al-Faqih system, which was introduced in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the supreme ayatollah, or highest religious authority, has final say in political matters as well.

Hezbollah has remained evasive about its adherence to Wilayat al-Faqih and support for the establishment of an Islamic state in Lebanon inspired by that system.

The participants also called on all those who share with them this view to support their initiative, which was launched last April in a memo to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon aimed at neutralizing Lebanon.