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January 2, 2013 12:35 pm

Lebanese Intelligence Chief Says Israel is His Country’s Only Enemy

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Abbas Ibrahim. Photo: LBI Group/Youtube

A leading figure in Lebanese intelligence said Wednesday that the only enemy of his country is Israel. According to the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Abbas Ibrahim, director-general of the General Security Department, said, “Lebanon’s one and only enemy is Israel.”

Ibrahim also predicted that the crisis in Syria would last a long time, but added, “The humanitarian condition of the refugees arriving in Lebanon from Syria prevents us from closing the border with the neighboring country.”

“We either act in a humane manner or become racist,” he remarked.

But Ibrahim made sure to emphasize who he saw a the real threat to his country. “Whoever has lost the plot should remember to focus his attention south of the border,”  the general security chief declared, in an apparent reference to Israel.

Ibrahim stated that there are some 160,000 registered Syrian refugees and some 13,000 Palestinian refugees, who have also fled Syria.

Fears that the Syrian Civil war could spillover into Lebanon have not been totally unfounded. Reports of the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon have initiated unconfirmed strikes on weapons depots in the region.

And even the economy has begun to suffer because of the neighboring civil war.

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  • kevin

    Lebanon is already racist, considering they discriminate against Palestinians by not allowing them to own land, serve in the government and forcing them to live in “refugee camps” instead of helping them. Of course, this racism doesn’t include the all-encompassing loathing these people have for Jews.

  • David S. Most

    Abbas Ibrahim seems to have missed the delicious irony that a man in his position chooses to ignore the reality of Hezbollah’s control of Lebanon and to focus on Israel.
    Were there to be a crisis between Hezbollah and what’s left of the Lebanese State there is no doubt that Mr. Ibrahim would quickly become a foot-note in Lebanon’s political history.