December 1, 2017
Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri has hinted he might withdraw his resignation next week, as he believes things are looking “positive”. His abrupt resignation on November 4 had led to regional uncertainty and a flurry of diplomatic activity in the region and beyond. But when we look at it now, it appears that the step Hariri took might, after all, lead to some positive outcome in Lebanon. The prime minister has clearly said that his withholding of his resignation was contingent on the militant group Hezbollah agreeing to stay out of the affairs of Arab countries, and stop acting like Iran’s malignant agent in the Arab world.
The fact that the Hezbollah-aligned Lebanese president and the group itself requested Hariri to withdraw his resignation, knowing full well what the demands of the prime minister were, is an indication that Hezbollah finds itself in a tight corner in Lebanon. The group might, after all, be forced to agree to some demands.
Lebanon, under the suffocating presence of Hezbollah, has become a client state of Iran, and is helping Tehran in its attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of Arab countries. The group has acted as a state within a state, and makes decisions that are clearly not in the interests of Lebanon or the Arab world. The Lebanese people watched helplessly as it intervened directly in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad as he launched a brutal war against his own people. Hezbollah is also offering support to Al Houthi militia, another Iranian agent in yet another Arab country, which continues to occupy Yemen’s capital Sana’a against the wishes of the international community and the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The fact remains: Lebanon is an Arab country, and it cannot be allowed to become an operational base for the Arab world’s adversaries.