After Israel pounded a Christian community in north Beirut, the historical allies of the Israelis are now lining up in support of Hezbollah. ?Public opinion is 100% against Israel from this area,? said a prominent Christian Lebanese woman.
... While many Lebanese Christians have long distrusted Hezbollah and other Muslims and Druse (there were, after all, 15 years of civil war along sectarian lines), and many criticized the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 that touched off the conflict, comments Friday indicated that the damage Israel has inflicted on Lebanon has shifted that equation.
?Public opinion is 100 percent against Israel from this area,? said Camille Chamoun, scion of one of the three major Christian families who mounted militias against the Muslim and Palestinian forces during the civil war and whose faction was aligned with Israel during its 1982 invasion.
?This is just an excuse to hit more of our infrastructure,? said Manal Azzi, a 26-year-old health worker who lives next to the destroyed bridge.
?I?m here speaking as a Christian,? she went on. ?Israel is our main invader and has been for the last 50 years. Right now we?re getting more civilian casualties, so we?ll have another war in 10, 15 years.
?They talk about a new Middle East. To serve who? Israel and the United States. Israel is itself a terrorist state backed up by the United States.?
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