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Sami Gemayel addresses Israeli collaboration accusations

During a press conference on Wednesday, Kataeb bloc MP Sami Gemayel called for setting criteria to define collaboration following the 1990 end to the Lebanese civil war.

Several March 8 figures – including Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Moussawi – criticized Gemayel, who reportedly said that “he is not ashamed that his party dealt with Israel against Syria at a certain stage.”

“The Lebanese resistance [during the civil war]… had no choice but to use the devil [Israel] in order to defend itself, [because] it was confronting the Syrian and Palestinian armies,” Gemayel said.

He added that we were forced to carry weapons provided by “the devil” to protect ourselves.

People should be held accountable for their actions after 1990 because during the war everyone was defending their existence, the MP said.

Gemayel also said that he is not ashamed that the Kataeb Party resorted to any means possible to defend itself during the civil war.

However, in response to accusations that the Kataeb Party is a collaborator, he said that anyone who worked with a foreign country or arrested Lebanese nationals and handed them over to Syria is then a collaborator.

Gemayel stated that anyone considering themselves to be soldiers in the Wali al-Faqih’s army—a reference to Iran and its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—are collaborators along with those who work with Israel to harm Lebanon’s interests.

“If you want to open the subject [of collaboration], let [it happen],” Gemayel said, adding, however, that such an issue cannot be discussed through the media but through dialogue.

-NOW Lebanon

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  • Mohammed Obeid

    From his point of view they were never wrong when they collaborated with Israel to defend their existence. For most people it is acceptable to do such thing in order to persist, however there is a crucial question to ask which is –to which extent this collaboration has to be–. Then when ur capital is under siege and fire from those u collaborate with, and u keep on ur tie and heavy collaboration what is that!!?! Even though, when u collaborates with them in that siege and their military operation against Beirut what is that?! It is undefined betrayal.

    September 9, 2010

  • Julian

    Yet another true patriot. I am ashamed of beeing lebanese, when we have men like sami.

    September 9, 2010

  • An American Tourist

    The Gemayel family are thru. They will never, ever hold a government post senior to a Deputy. Their future is no different than the Kennedy family in the U.S. Pierre Gemayel Jr. was a better person than Sami. All that Sami does is what I hear Lebanese folks commonly calls "Ba3ba3a" nothing more. Politically, he is thru. That's what happens when an unseasoned wanna-be politician has what we call back home "verbal diarrhea." Thank you for reading.

    September 9, 2010

  • prophet

    Another aamil

    September 8, 2010

  • henri harpier

    Gemayel said it well.

    September 8, 2010