In today’s news bulletin:
What happened in Bkerke today was more than a ceremony marking the issuance of a book. It is true that the book issued by Abbot Father Antoine Daou about the Maronite Patriarchate’s Relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” formed the basis and starting point, but the timing of the event, its circumstances, the personalities participating in it, and the local and regional political reality are all factors that took the event to another place and gave if multiple dimensions.
Bkerke’s demonstration confirmed two matters. The first is that Saudi Arabia, despite all what has been said, will never leave Lebanon, and will not relinquish its role as a safety controller. There are many regional challenges and attempts to modify Lebanon’s identity. Hence, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, Waleed Bukhari, affirmed that Saudi Arabia will not allow any party to damage the Lebanese national identity and Arabism under any pretext.
The second matter confirmed in Bkerke’s meeting is that Christians are Arabs, and that the historical path of the Maronite Patriarchate is based on this constant idea. Lebanese Christians are pioneers of openness and dialogue, not advocates of retreat and inclusion. The Lebanese Christians want to remain an active and interactive part with the vast Arab world, not to become part of the alliance of minorities, which is supported by the opposition axis headed by Iran.
When will the strong covenant realize this truth? And when will those who bet on the opposition axis realize that the latter will lead the country to unprecedented collapse?
When will the reluctant Christians return to Bkerke’s historical path, and reconcile with their history, Lebanese identity, and Arabism?
Christians are exhausted and Lebanon is dying, so will the reluctant officials and objectors wake up before it is too late?