Mr. Pierre Gemayel, leader of the rightwing Lebanese Falangist Party, accused subversive elements of inciting?
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Background: Mr. Pierre Gemayel, leader of the rightwing Lebanese Falangist Party, accused subversive elements of inciting the recent inter-communal conflict in Lebanon during a news conference in Beirut on Thursday (17 July).
Israel, he said, found its strongest allies against the Arab cause in the membership of extremist and anarchist groups working against the stability of Lebanon.
Mr. Gemayel had called the news conference to review developments in Lebanon since the fighting died down following the formation of a new government under Premier Rashid Karami. Mr. Karami's negotiations between the rightwing Falangists -- mainly Christians -- and leaders of leftwing pro-Palestinian parliamentary groups had spanned several weeks.
During the month-long fighting, hundreds of people were killed and many more wounded during shooting incidents.