Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has warned Hezbollah, Iran’s paramilitary terrorist proxy in the country, against interfering in conflicts in the wider region.
Addressing the Higher Islamic Council, the official body for Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims, on Saturday, Hariri declared: “As we have previously announced on several occasions, we will not accept Hezbollah’s positions that affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries.”
Hariri returned to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday after announcing his sudden resignation from the Prime Minister’s posts in a broadcast on November 4, saying he had fled an assassination plot. After landing in Beirut, Hariri urged the country’s military to be vigilant in the face of “any attempt to take advantage of the current circumstances with the aim of inciting strife,” as well as “threats or violations by the Israeli enemy.”
In his remarks on Saturday, Hariri said he had postponed his resignation at the request of Lebanon’s pro-Hezbollah President, Michel Aoun, in order to “give an opportunity to discuss and negotiate our principal demands to make Lebanon neutral and keep it away from the conflicts and the wars in the region.” Hariri emphasized that intervention by Hezbollah in other Arab conflicts would not be tolerated. The terrorist organization has fought alongside Iranian forces in support of Bashar al Asssad’s dictatorship in Syria and some of its fighters have been spotted as far east as Iraqi Kurdistan, the site of an Iranian-backed onslaught last month following the Kurdish independence referendum in September.
Saudi Arabia has also upped its rhetoric against Hezbollah over the last fortnight. On November 10, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel el-Jubeir slammed Hezbollah as “a tool of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards” and “a first-class terrorist organization used by Iran to destabilize Lebanon and the region.”
A report on Hezbollah by a group of former senior NATO officers published in October deemed that a renewed war with Israel was “inevitable.” Describing Hezbollah as the “most powerful non-state armed force on the planet,” the report noted that the terrorist group now has more than 100,000 missiles stationed on Israel’s northern border.
(C) 2017 . The Algemeiner . Ben Cohen