Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, said that Hizbullah does not serve the interests of its own people. He made these remarks in a video posted on YouTube on April 1. Cardinal Raï, who was speaking to a group of American Lebanese, said that Hizbullah did not seek his permission before it joined the wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, as it did not seek the permission of the government before forming its position on war and peace with Israel. He said that he has been approached by "people from Hizbullah," who say that Hizbullah's weapons are "working against them," and they cannot take it any longer, because they are starving just like the Christians are starving. For more about Cardinal Bechara Raï, see MEMRI TV clip no. 8724.
Cardinal Bechara Raï: "I would like to ask [Nasrallah]: Why are you against Lebanon's neutrality? Are you trying to force me to go to war?
"Do you want to keep us in a state of war - a war that depends on your decision? Did you ask for my opinion on whether to go to war? Did you ask for my permission to go into Syria? Into Iraq? Into Yemen? Do you ask for the government's opinion when you decide to declare war against Israel or make peace with it? The constitution says that declaring war or peace is up to the government and requires a two-thirds majority.
"I am serving your interests but you are not serving mine, nor do you serve the interests of your own people. I have been approached by people from Hizbullah who said that Hizbullah's weapons are working against them. They said that they could not take it any longer, because they are starving just like us."