Member of the "Strong Lebanon" Parliamentary Bloc, MP George Atallah, said in an interview with "Radio Lebanon" earlier today that the recent reconciliation that took place at Baabda Palace is to be built upon, calling on various sides in the country to rid themselves of the idea that one group is targeted by another in the country, and that one team wants to abolish the other.
"This logic did not win even in the old days of the civil war," Atallah asserted.
The MP rejected the argument that people have lost confidence in the state, noting that "these same people have the opportunity once every four years to take away their trust from the political class, which has ruled them for more than four decades, and not to renew their mandate." He added: "There is a direct responsibility on these voters, especially since we are not in a repressive system that implements voting by force in favor of a certain party during the parliamentary elections."
On the issue of Hezbollah and the US sanctions, Atallah deemed that the Americans are unable to impose an exclusion of Hezbullah from the government. "Prime Minister Hariri was clear about this when he pointed out that no one can form a government without the Party of Hezbollah," he said.
Atallah considered that the US Administration's talk about "an absolute support for the Lebanese government is not accurate." He noted that "during any conflict between Lebanon and Israel, America's bias is clear towards Israel, similar to the issue of Syrian displacement, where there is no desire by the international community to ensure the return of the displaced to their country."
"Our unified position on the issue of maritime borders prevented the Americans from taking us to a place where Israel desires us to be," he corroborated.
Source: National News Agency