Lebanese politician Samy Gemayel, president of the Lebanese Phalanges Party, said in a December 24, 2021 interview on Al-Arabiya Network (Saudi Arabia) that the Lebanese people are calling upon the world to save them from “extinction.” He said that the Lebanese identity is at risk, that young Lebanese people are leaving Lebanon, and that Hizbullah's rise to power is the greatest catastrophe in Lebanon's history. Gemayel also said that the Lebanese people are held hostage by Hizbullah and Iran, that they need the world's help in order to liberate themselves, and that there should be an international supervision of the elections in Lebanon, in order to protect the democratic process. For more information on Samy Gemayel, who is the nephew of Bachir Gemayel, a Lebanese President-elect who was assassinated by a Syrian terrorist in 1982, see MEMRI TV Clips no. 9120, 7381, No. 2539, No. 2132, and No. 2118.
Samy Gemayel: "The Lebanese people call upon all their friends, all over the world, to stand by their side in order to save them from extinction. The Lebanese identity is becoming extinct, the Lebanese people are emigrating from their country. The best people, all the young professionals, are seeking a future elsewhere. They cannot find themselves in Lebanon. In this respect, I believe that when Hizbullah and its allies assumed power, it was the greatest catastrophe in the history of Lebanon.
"We are held hostage. Hizbullah has hijacked the Lebanese state. Hizbullah admits that it gets its orders from Iran, so we Lebanese consider ourselves to be held hostage by Iran. So if we want to liberate ourselves, we need help. We do not ask anyone to help us. Rather, we ask the international community to protect the democratic process of the parliamentary elections. It should not be done just by monitoring, but by supervising the elections. Direct supervision of the elections is needed. This should be an international supervision, not by a specific country or group."