On October 31, Lebanese lawmakers finally elected Gen. (ret) Michel Naim Aoun, 81, as the new president of the country bordering Syria and the Zionist entity. Aoun is a staunch Christian ally of Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah.
Commenting over Aoun’s election, Israeli newspaper Israel Today, wrote: “In Gen. Michel Aoun’s victory, the ‘biggest winner’ is Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. It’s Saad al-Hariri who bowed to Nasrallah and not the other way around.”
Michel Aoun was chief of Lebanese army (1988-90). Later he acted as country’s prime minister. He was forced to flee the country to France when late Syrian president Hafez Assad, an American ally, was asked by US president Ronald Reagan to send Syrian army to protect Israel’s interests in Lebanon after 1983 US embassy bombing in Beirut.
The country’s presidency had been vacant for over two years as result of rivalry between the Saudi-born billionaire and former prime minister Saad Hariri’s parliamentary block and the Hizbullah-led Muslim-Christian parliamentary block.
According to Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, this time the Hariri block decided to throw its support behind Hizbullah candidate on the promise that Michel Aoun will nominate Saad Hariri as country’s new Sunni Muslim prime minister.
After the election of Michel Aoun, Saad Hariri visited the residence of Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi to receive his blessing. Boutros al-Rahi has visited the Zionist entity on several occasions which was labeled as a historic sin by several Lebanese newspapers.
Gen. Michel Auon fought two foreign armies during his military career. First against Hafez Assad’s forces, and later he took his Maronite Christian militia to fight alongside Hizbullah against Israel’s Phalangist Christian army. It’s Phalangists butchers who on the orders from Gen. Ariel Sharon committed the massacre of Palestinian civilians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in September 1982.
In 2000, after 18-year armed resistance, Hizbullah fighters forced Jewish army and their Lebanese Christian foot-soldiers to withdraw from southern Lebanon. American Christian writer Joana Francis described Hizbullah victory, saying: “The Israelis fight like sissies from fighter jets, dropping bunker-buster bombs on defenseless women and children. That’s real manly! They roll across the border in heavily-armored tanks, confident that they’ll be impervious to Hezbollah’s weaker arsenal. Only lately, those tanks have had the surprising habit of turning into human crematoria for the Israeli soldiers inside them. So why don’t they get out of their tanks and fighter jets and go toe-to-toe with Hezbollah like real men? The fourth most powerful military in the world has been given a shiny black eye that no amount of make-up will ever be able to hide. The aura of invincibility they so haughtily projected is now tarnished beyond repair. Bragging rights go to Hezbollah, as Israel eats its long-overdue humble pie. Why do I feel so strongly about this, you might ask? Because Israel has made me, an American taxpayer, complicit in their war crimes, and I, for one, am glad to see them finally getting their comeuppance.”
Most Lebanese are optimistic that the removal of the political deadlock will usher a new era in Lebanon’s relations with Syria, and weakening of the US-Saudi supported ISIL and al-Nusra thugs carrying out Israel’s proxy war in the country. On the other hand, Hariri supporters feel that Michel Aoun known for his grudge against Bashar Assad’s father would slowdown Lebanese support for Damascus.