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Israeli Ambassador Asks: Whatever Happened to Christian Lebanon?

Reported by Marie Therese - August 4, 2006 -

Ambassador Arye Mekel, Consul General of Israel in New York, was interviewed on FOX & Friends yesterday morning (August 3, 2006, 8:15 AM EDT). In the course of a short interview with E. D. Hill he made the usual apologias for Israel's bombardment of Lebanon.

What struck me as odd is that his comments were somewhat blunt for a diplomat as he revealed that the Israeli plan for Lebanon is to pit Christians and Sunni against Shi'a. This in and of itself is nothing new. However, Mekel phrased his opinion in a surprising way.

ARYE MEKEL: "... You'll see that there'll be, by next week, you'll see there will be countries that will step up to the plate. I think the French have an interest in a real Lebanon. Remember. Lebanon used to be a Christian country. Whatever happened to it? The Muslims kicked them out. (emphasis mine) Now I think France, France will be there. The Italians. But it's very important. Listen. We even want the Saudis because they, as a Sunni Muslim country, have an interest in stopping the Shi'ites from taking over and the Iranians behind them."

Within the past few days the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has begun a pro-Israel fund-raising ad on FOX News, something so unusual that it rated a segment on my local CBS News last night. According to the report, this reflects an alliance between fundamentalist Christian groups and Israel, a relationship one rabbi claimed was curious in light of the fact that fundamentalist Christians believe that any Jew who doesn't convert will be consigned to hell during the upcoming Apocalypse in the Middle East.

Here's a video of the interview.