Elie Al-Kasifi wrote in “Asas Media”:
Since last July 5, Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi has been reiterating, in various forms and formulas, his trilogy calling for the liberation of legitimacy and the implementation of the National Accord Document and the relevant international decisions, as it is the tripartite necessary to get out of the political and economic crisis.
This tripartite, in addition to calling for Lebanon’s neutrality and raising its case in an international conference, was and remains the political framework for the patriarchal discourse, in light of the intensification of the political crisis represented by disrupting the formation of the government, with the consequent exacerbation of the serious financial and economic collapse by all social, security and national standards. .
Therefore, the Patriarch’s focus was on hastening the formation of the government and urging those responsible for constitutionally forming it, namely the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister designate, to expedite its formation. On the other hand, the Patriarch does not want a government to be formed whatever it is, but rather a constitutional government in which no third is suspended for any party, according to what he said in his Easter sermon that “the suspended third is basically absent, neither in the constitution nor in the charter.”
The Patriarch’s expression, in his Sunday sermon, of his fear that “the intent of disrupting the formation of the government is to prevent the aid from coming to save the people from financial collapse.”
Therefore, the political ceiling that the Patriarch set for his political movement, for which the people gathered on February 27, has become a practical translation in the positions of Al-Ra’i who repeatedly reject the obstruction of the formation of the government, describing this obstruction intended by the ruling coalition represented by the covenant and Hezbollah.
In this context, the Patriarch expressed his fear, in his homily yesterday, Sunday, that “the intent of disrupting the formation of the government is to prevent the aid from coming to save the people from financial collapse.” Then he said in the same sermon that “all concerned with the issue of government should stop this obstruction by fabricating charitable norms, constitutional jurisprudence, metaphorical powers and absurd conditions, all of which to cover the mother knot, which is making Lebanon a hostage in the regional-international conflict.”
Al-Ra’i, in his speech, is pointing towards President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah together. By speaking of “statutory powers,” the Patriarch criticizes Aoun’s words about the president-designate’s attempt to infringe on the powers of the president of the republic. His words are based on “constitutional jurisprudence” and “absurd conditions” in the same direction, that is, the direction of President Aoun and Representative Gebran Bassil, who has become the East and West expressing his frustration with his incapacitating conditions in forming the government.
This is how the shepherd appears as a Christian dam impregnable to the delusions of Gebran Bassil, and in the face of the imaginary battles that President Aoun is fabricating, offering his demands on the horse of the government. The last of these battles is “criminal scrutiny” on the one hand, and the redrawing of the borders of Lebanon’s maritime demands on the other hand, under the resigned government that is not entitled to take decisions of this kind.
It should be recalled that the shepherd asked in his Easter sermon: “What do we say about those who obstruct the formation of the government and do that to delude the people that the problem is in the constitution?” In this way, he is responding to the logic of the Covenant and the party, which depicts the governmental problem as a constitutional problem resulting from the ambiguity of the powers of the President of the Republic and the President-designate. Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah had explicitly called on March 19 to amend the constitution to clarify the powers of both presidents.
It is expected that Lebanon will witness in the coming days and weeks the political battle related to forming the government, due to the response of the Covenant and the party to the patriarchal pressure coinciding with European and Arab pressure to quickly establish a government that might stem the collapse
That is why the Patriarch, in his sermon yesterday, intended to emphasize that the mother governmental knot lies in the fact that the ruling coalition has made Lebanon a hostage to the regional and international conflict. The Patriarch wanted to say that what prevents the formation of the government is not the constitution, as the Covenant and the party say, but rather their transformation into Lebanon as a card in the Iranian-American rams linked to the Iranian nuclear negotiations.
All this patriarchal political path has created a comprehensive national political discourse that is an alternative to that offered by the Covenant and the party. Among these matters is the criminal scrutiny that President Aoun brought up last Wednesday at the height of the Arab movement towards Lebanon, calling for the formation of a government based on the Taif Agreement. With Aoun, we are trying to alter the national priorities represented by forming a government, and diverting the conflict from its true destination.
That is why the Patriarch hastened yesterday to respond to this proposition by saying: “The seriousness of proposing criminal audit is in its parallel comprehensiveness and not by its intended selectivity”, intending that the audit includes ministries, and of course the most important of which is the Ministry of Energy, “Aounia” in its fifty billions that have lost the price of the “darkness” that Long live Lebanon.
The Patriarch continued decisively: “Originally, there is no criminal scrutiny before forming a government.” And he said, “Without a government, all talk is invalid.” In his words, the Patriarch restored the formation of the government to the list of national priorities, in contrast to what Aoun said on Wednesday, to open “checkpoints” that are useless and unnecessary at the current stage.
This explains the Aounists ’anger at the sponsor, and their rush to issue the hashtag“ sponsor of corruption, ”in an early indication of the Free Patriotic Movement’s renewal of its campaign against the Patriarch as part of its escalation plan following Aoun’s speech delivered on Wednesday, one of its goals was to mobilize the Aounists. The first signs of this mobilization began with the attack by the so-called “old guard” on the house of the actor Asaad Rashdan in Amchit, because he had adopted political positions opposed to the movement.
It is expected that in the coming days and weeks, Lebanon will witness the heating up of the political battle related to the formation of the government, due to the response of the Covenant and the party to the patriarchal pressure coinciding with European and Arab pressure to quickly establish a government that might curb the collapse that will make Lebanon a new focus of instability in the region, at a time when the Arabs and the West are striving. To reduce regional trouble spots.