We in Lebanon understand the moral obligation that hinders the closing of borders in the face of Syrian refugees and we have nothing against Syrians who oppose a regime that occupied and killed our people.
We have never turned down Palestinians who sought asylum in Lebanon unless they constitute a direct threat to its sovereignty like what happened before when they assumed that Lebanon could be an alternative homeland together with the Syrian turned the country into a battlefield and a venue for settling scores and operating intelligence agencies.
Lebanon, which had suffered greatly from those in the past, cannot afford to tolerate more. According to official statistics, the number of Syrian refugees has so far reached 200,000 and they could amount to half a million in 2013. This is a huge number in the light of Lebanon’s deteriorating economic conditions, but Syrian refugees can go back home as soon as the conflict is resolved especially of the new regime offers to compensate them for their losses and also because life in Lebanon is too expensive for them. But this is not the case with Palestinians. Syrians still have the chance to get rid of their burden, but Palestinians do not, especially that the Palestinian cause has not become as pressing as it had once been in the midst of the current development.
The allies of the Syrian regime in Lebanon need to start realizing that the Lebanese people take precedent
Turkey, a country much bigger and more economically powerful than Lebanon, has obliged the International Community to face its responsibilities. Jordan did the same because it is not financially capable of supporting the non-stop flow of refugees. Lebanon is the only country that is unable to take a firm stance on the matter citing humanitarian considerations.