Syriac Maronite Patriarch al-Rai criticizes Hezbollah, denounces failures of Lebanese Government

BETH KERKE, Lebanon — During a speech criticizing the policies of Hezbollah in the region, Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rai stated that the Lebanese people will no longer be hostages to failed policies and the culture of death, as Hezbollah insists on continuing its war with Israel.

Al-Rai highlighted the severe state of humiliation, poverty, and economic deterioration that has engulfed Lebanon, blaming the situation on a corrupt political class that is obstructing the election of a new president.

He also addressed the suffering of residents in border villages in southern Lebanon, who feel abandoned by the state and are enduring the repercussions of the ongoing conflict.