Former Lebanese MP and cabinet minister Wiam Wahhab said in a June 17, 2022 show on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) that the U.S. had never been an "honest broker" in the Middle East and that it has always taken sides against Lebanon. Wahhab also referred to former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman, who is Jewish, as a "gestapo," and he described an incident when Feltman accused him of supporting suicide bombings in Israel. In addition, Wahhab said he was the first person in Lebanon to have had sanctions imposed upon him following his "dispute" with Ambassador Feltman. Furthermore, Wahhab said that Zionism is an invasion that will not last forever, like other European invasions.
Wiam Wahhab: "I do not believe in borders in the Arab world, and I am not convinced about the existence of Israel. I believe that Israel constitutes a Zionist invasion that will come to its demise like all the other invasions. The Europeans came to our countries. Like all those invasions the last of which was by the French who ultimately left.
Interviewer "So you agree with Nasrallah that [Israel] is a temporary entity...
Wahhab: "In my view, it will last 20, 25, or 30 years, I don't know how long exactly, but it is definitely temporary.
"The U.S. has never been an honest broker. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Americans have always been one of the [belligerent] sides. The Americans have been fighting against us. Sanctions were imposed on me, following my dispute with that Gestapo, [former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon] Feltman. I was a cabinet minister, and he came at me like the Gestapo. He began threatening me in my own office.
Wahhab: "Why were sanctions imposed on me? I was the first in Lebanon to be slapped with sanctions. It was in 2007. He showed up and tried to get me into trouble.
"First thing, he entered my [office] and talked down at me, in a manner that is unacceptable to me. Then he said to me: 'Do you support the suicide operations in Israel?' There were suicide operations back then. I was still calm and said to him: 'Habibi, my darling, Mr. Ambassador, these are operation by people whose land is occupied. As long as the occupation continues, the region will remain like that.'
He said to me: 'You support the killing of children in Palestine.' You song of a bitch! You dog! He drove me mad. I said to him: 'How dare you talk to me about the killing of children, when you completely destroyed the city of Al-Fallujah, killing the women, the children, and the elderly? You used banned weapons there, and you dare to talk to me about the killing of children? You are the child-killers.'"