Lebanon’s Rahi: Some Parties Disrupt Dialogue

Lebanon’s Patriarch  Beshara Rahi (NNA)
Lebanon’s Patriarch Beshara Rahi (NNA)
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Lebanon’s Rahi: Some Parties Disrupt Dialogue

Lebanon’s Patriarch  Beshara Rahi (NNA)
Lebanon’s Patriarch Beshara Rahi (NNA)

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi said Sunday that political parties ignoring Lebanon's basic principles would disrupt any future dialogue to save the country from its current crises.

“The success of any national dialogue, whether held under foreign patronage or an internal meeting, is linked to the recognition of these basic principles that do not need to be redefined on a daily basis,” the Patriarch said during Sunday’s mass.

Rahi had repeatedly called on Lebanese political parties to respect the principles of Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, neutrality and decentralization.

On Sunday, he called for holding a dialogue, which he said is the only language that should exist among the Lebanese.

“It is not acceptable for political parties to view each other with hostility when the country is in dire need of reconciliation on clear national foundations that stem from Lebanon's principles,” he stressed.

Rahi said the Lebanese people are living in catastrophic conditions, referring to inflation, the lack of medication and the closure of schools, hospitals and universities, which increase the number of the unemployed.

He also referred to the high rates of poverty, illiteracy, emigration, and the increase in the number of refugees and displaced persons.



8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Southern Gaza

Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip next to military vehicles amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in this handout image released December 7, 2023. Israel Army /Handout via REUTERS
Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip next to military vehicles amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in this handout image released December 7, 2023. Israel Army /Handout via REUTERS
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8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Southern Gaza

Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip next to military vehicles amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in this handout image released December 7, 2023. Israel Army /Handout via REUTERS
Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip next to military vehicles amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in this handout image released December 7, 2023. Israel Army /Handout via REUTERS

Israel's military said Saturday that eight soldiers were killed in southern Gaza in the deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months.
Only one of the dead troops was identified by the army. No further information was immediately available, according to The AP.
The deaths will likely fuel calls for a cease-fire and heighten Israeli public anger over ultra-Orthodox exemptions from the military.
Israel’s bombardment and ground offensives in Gaza have killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to Palestinian health officials, who don't give the breakdown of civilians and fighters. The war has also driven about 80% of the population of 2.3 million from their homes, and Israeli restrictions and ongoing fighting have hindered efforts to bring in humanitarian aid, fueling widespread hunger.
Israel launched its campaign after Hamas and other militants stormed into Israel on Oct. 7.
Over 100 hostages were released during a weeklong cease-fire last year in exchange for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. Hamas is believed to be holding around 80 hostages and the remains of another 40.