Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fighting to preserve Lebanon’s territorial integrity is hard enough without unforeseen glitches that may delay if not derail a pending sale of critical equipment to Lebanon. It is essential for the Lebanese Armed Forces [LAF] to have an “air platform” for border defense. The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, are strung along the Lebanon-Syria border and even overran the Lebanese village of Arsal on August 2, 2014, before being repulsed by the LAF after five days. The militants are dug into the forbidding Anti-Lebanon Mountains and are ensconced in caves excavated by Palestinian militants after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Fighters even emerged from some of the 39 Syrian refugee “makeshift settlements” in and around Arsal to attack LAF posts last August. Both...

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I couldn’t agree more with Fred Hiatt’s assessment of the moral failings of our Syria policy. It’s difficult to appreciate the horrendous extent to which this disaster goes against American values. It also cripples U.S. interests.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of INDEVCO (Industrial Development Company), a Lebanon-based company manufacturing paperboard, corrugated cartons, plastics, and sanitary products, and Chairman of Interstate Resources Inc., a US-based  company, I also serve as Mayor of the city of Jounieh in Lebanon.


I want to tell you something about running a modern Lebanese city. 


Jounieh, with a population of around 200,000, is one of Lebanon’s largest cities and is located on the coast, 21 km north of Beirut. It has several schools, universities, hospitals, houses of worship, banks, restaurants, hotels, and beach resorts.


I believe public service and the common good should be shielded from political or personal interest and the municipal council of Jounieh is committed to these s...

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