Lebanon’s prime minister resigned on Saturday, citing Iran, Hezbollah and threats on his life.
Prime Minster Saad Hariri announced he would resign immediately, stating on Saturday “We are living in a times similar to the atmosphere to that before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri. I am aware of what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” referring to the assignation of his father, Rafik al-Hariri, in a Beirut car bombing in 2005.
The prime minister added, “In recent years, Hezbollah has used the power of its weapons to impose a fait accompli… I point very clearly to Iran, which spreads destruction and strife wherever it is, and witness to that its interventions in the internal matters of the Arab countries, in Lebanon and Syria and Bahrain and Yemen.” He warned that “Iran’s arms in the region will be cut off.”
Al Arabiya reported an assassination attempt on Hariri’s life in Beirut last week, one of several reported over the past few months.
Iran’s Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Kahmenei responded to Hariri’s resignation, claiming it was “done with planning by Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” referring to numerous visits recently by Hariri to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking in London on Friday, Prime Minster Netanyahu spoke of Iran’s efforts and growth in the region, speaking of Israel and Islamic states forming alliances in the “battle between the Islamists and the modernists”, stating one day before Hariri’s resignation “Iran is devouring one nation after the other. It is doing so either by direct conquest or by using proxy. They took over Lebanon, Yemen [and] they try to do the same thing with Iraq [and] in Syria.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, and reposted with permission.