By the system - The book of Amos

By the system

The book of Amos

Ziyad Shabib, An-Nahar 10/22-2021

(See Translation in Arabic Section

The book of Amos is one of the books of the Old Testament, and the writer was a shepherd before the Lord called him to predict what would happen to his nation. The subject of the book, in general, is a judgment that falls on Israel and Judah, as well as on neighbouring nations.

“They rejected the light and were stubborn for they showed their hatred for those who rebuked them, and they avoided the one who spoke with integrity and honesty (v. 10).”

Although Amos knew that he must be hated for the warning and reprimand at the door, he continued his dangerous message without apology or hesitation. It deepens in their consciences the sins that were about to bring an end to the guilty nation...

“But the faithful servant of God does not hide anything and does not flatter. Rather, he declares their hypocrisy and then invites them to seek good, not evil, in order to live and for the Lord of hosts to be with them. If they obey the word, God will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” (v. 14, 15).

Amos Hochstein, who is named after the prophet of the Old Testament and represents the same nation whose judgment the prophet foretold, holds its nationality and served in its army. He visited us as a mediator in his capacity as the head of the American delegation -- and Lebanese officials received him without objection.

In 1955, the US House of Representatives passed the Israel Boycott Law, which is still in force. This legislation came as a continuation of the economic blockade imposed on Israel by Lebanon and other Arab countries at the time. This blockade necessitates legislation regulating the boycott of Israel, specifying responsibilities and obligations and imposes penalties.

In the first article, the law prohibits any natural or legal person from personally or through an intermediary, entering into an agreement with organizations or persons residing in Israel or belonging to it by their nationality or working for its account or interest, whenever the subject matter of the agreement is commercial deals, financial operations, or any other transaction of any kind. It was his nature.”

Anyone who violates these provisions shall be punished with hard labour (Article 7).

No one stopped at the legal dimension of the issue, and it was raised in the media from a moral point of view and out of questioning the integrity and impartiality of the mediator, which is a valid question of course, without noting that the matter is prohibited by Lebanese law in the first place, and the Lebanese side could only inform the Americans of the legal impediment without having to accept this humiliating mediation, because anyone who conducts any transaction, whatever its nature, with a person who holds Israeli citizenship, is committing a criminal offence.

If we go into the content and the challenges of negotiation, the Amos issue becomes part of an integrated play in which our representatives compete for the starring role in selling Lebanon's rights. The evidence is that the decree amending the maritime borders, which was obligatory to sign in proportion to Lebanon’s right, i.e. what is known as Line 29, was not signed despite the insistence of the army leadership and despite the demands of specialists, led by Dr. Issam Khalifa. Simply, the American mediation resumed, and the tripartite negotiations will resume in Naqoura, without the Lebanese side daring to amend the decree. Thus, the chapters of the play that aims to pass the loss internally through the practice of forms of formal strictness on the subject of negotiations, which do not affect the content and do not protect rights, are completed.

It seems that Amos' prophecy is about to be fulfilled, but in Lebanon, not on his nation, which succeeded in subduing those who take care of us to its illegal demands. And the people lost the ability to object after a series of misfortunes that befell them.


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