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.
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