Jumblatt: Lebanon Druze, Christians on the verge of extinction


jumblatt 100Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said that the Druze and the Christians in Lebanon were on the verge of extinction.

“The Druze and the Christians are on the verge of extinction. The Druze have played their role during the era of Emir( Prince) Fakhreddine [II], and the Christians have played an important role in the history of Lebanon, but have not learned their lessons,” Jumblatt told As-Safir newspaper in remarks published Friday.

Jumblatt also called on the Christian parties to reconcile and agree on a consensual president to fill the power interregnum.

“It is about time [the Christians] reconciled under the umbrella of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros al-Rai and agreed on an consensual president,” he said.

He also said that the Druze could not form a separate state independent from Lebanon.

“Any Druze who thinks that it is possible to build a project that is separate from Lebanon is crazy and suicidal. We are Lebanese and Arab.”

Jumblatt also hailed the Future Movement leadership’s “moderate” speeches, but said that the Sunnis in Lebanon were leaning towards extremism.

“The speeches of Saad Hariri and Fouad Siniora are very important, but the Sunni population are in a different [mood],” he said.

“The speeches proclaiming moderate Islam are important, but the [people] change and we are witnessing [this change] noticeably in the Roumieh prison, in Tripoli, in western Beqaa and in Arsal,” he added.

After his meeting last weekend with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah , Jumblatt has been warning of the threat of the Sunni terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stressing the need for moderate Islam to hold sway over those susceptible to extremist thought.

Hezbollah’s role in the Syrian civil war is reportedly behind the presence of the radical Syrian Islamists group in Lebanon.

The Lebanese parliament failed on July 23 and for the ninth time in a row to hold a session to elect the country’s new president to replace Michel Suleiman whose terms ended on May 25.

As in the previous sessions , the vote could not be held as lawmakers allied with the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group boycotted the voting for lack of agreement on a consensus president.

There are serious concerns that a prolonged vacuum at the Baabda presidential place would affect Lebanon’s power-sharing system under which the president should be a Christian Maronite, the speaker a Shiite and the PM a Sunni.




7 responses to “Jumblatt: Lebanon Druze, Christians on the verge of extinction”

  1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    It’s taken a lifetime but Wally is finally starting to make sense.

  2. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Walid Beik I am seeing lights here and I totally agree.. we are heading to a collision between Shiites and Sunnis no matter how hard they will try. And Christians with their weakness and being marginalized by hezbollah it makes them more weaker.. hezbollah is going to regret this big time and so will the christians in return..

  3. arzatna1 Avatar

    Looks like Nasrallah must have whispered in Jumblatt’s ears ” go after ISIS or you will be in trouble again “.

    Jumblatt always blamed the presence of ISIS on Hezbollah role in Syria , but we don’t know what went on during his meeting with the Hezbollah chief. We certainly know that since his meeting he has been trying to use ISIS’ presence to scare the Christians and Druze.

    The Christians and Druze will always be in Lebanon no matter what you say Walid Baik

    The only way for Jumblatt to help the country is by backing a March 14 presidential candidate with the votes of his parliamentary bloc which was after all elected by March 14 voters .
    Time for Jumblatt to return the favor to March 14

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Yes … if they hold the ‘deciding numbers’, then it’s high time to step up to the plate and act.
      Enough of this ‘maybe, maybe, maybe’ crap, and debating theory as ‘what if’ all the time.
      ‘What if we don’t have enough of ‘our sect’???’
      Well, you don’t have ANY of them doing anything NOW!! FOR Lebanon.
      Just one being assholes over in Syria….

  4. Think Country first and things will in start to fall in place. Think Religion first, well..take a look around the middle east!

  5. MekensehParty Avatar

    Very much in line with what Hassan told him, that IS is in Lebanon and coming for you, and that it’s time to get the army involved.
    Fearful Druze and Christians can’t agree more.
    And now all of Lebanon is at war with Da3esh.

  6. MekensehParty Avatar

    The biggest hyena, even worse than hasan.
    He has his instructions now, rally with Hezbollah and push the Druze to accept the fight against da3esh and with Hezbollah.
    Next he’s going to vote for aoun

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