After controversy and questions about his recent visit, Bernard Levy tells the story of his entry to Libya, answering several questions, as the French writer and intellectual says that he has entered the country with a valid visa issued in accordance with the rules, and has not been a guest of anyone and has no intention to interfere in the Libyan conflict or stand with any party.
Levy adds in his lengthy narration of the visit that the mistake made by the West was to leave the field open in Libya and elsewhere for Turkey and its Islamic ambitions.
The French writer added that what he did not imagine was the “hellish” reactions to his visit as soon as he informed the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli of plans to prepare reports on the reason for the visit.
Levy described the Minister of the Interior Fathi Bashagha as the best security man in the country and that he is one of few who have expressed their desire to see the European Union and Paris offer a parallel weight to Moscow and Ankara, but such matters need approval by the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, whom he described as a Turkish agent.
The writer expressed his shock at what he described as “hysteria” on social media and the accusations leveled against him, including his presentation as France’s envoy, war instructor, pro-Israel, and secretly against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The result, as reported by Levy, is that he may have hung a target on his back that represents settling scores within the government between those who wish to replace the militia with a sovereign power and those who derive strength from preserving these militias.
Levy recalled Libya’s recent history nine years ago, saying theg were great times when Western countries refrained from supporting the Gaddafi regime against the Libyan people, saying he returned to Libya hoping to see that thing repeated. He said he would return next time to Benghazi and Derna.
He described what happened to the country as a taste of freedom, and the beaches of Libya are a major part of the future of the Mediterranean, Europe and the West.