RAHI: US PRESIDENT’S DECISION RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM AS CAPITAL OF ISRAEL CONTRAVENES RESOLUTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LEGITIMACY

Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rahi vigorously criticized the recent position of US President Donald Trump, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying “it contradicts with the resolutions of the international legitimacy.”

“The decision of President Trump announcing al-Quds as the capital of Israel contradicts with the resolutions of the international legitimacy, challenging the international and regional will, and is a slap in the face of the Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and the entire Arabs,” Rahi said during Sunday Mass service in Bkirki.

“Such a decision would destroy the bridges of peace among the Israelis, Palestinians and Arab Nations and ignite the fire of a new Intifada, turning Jerusalem into a city of war,” the Patriarch added.

The Cardinal expressed his gratitude for Lebanon’s exit from the recent constitutional and political crisis, starting from the non-resignation of PM Saad Hariri from the government according to an agreement with President Michel Aoun, up to the cabinet meeting at the presidential palace.

The Patriarch praised the recent ministerial statement of the Lebanese government’s commitment in all its political components to distance itself from any conflicts or wars, or to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab states, in order to preserve Lebanon’s political and economic relations with its Arab brethrens.

He expressed his satisfaction following the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, in which conferees shed light on the importance of preserving Lebanon’s stability, security, sovereignty and economy, as well as supporting its constitutional institutions and protecting it from the repercussions of crises that destabilize the Middle East.

Source: National News Agency