Leading Saudi newspaper warns Hezbollah not to drag Lebanon into new war

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Hezbollah fighters shout slogans, as they attend the funeral procession of Hezbollah fighter, Bilal Nemr Rmeiti, during his funeral procession in Majadel village, south Lebanon, Oct. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Hezbollah fighters shout slogans, as they attend the funeral procession of Hezbollah fighter, Bilal Nemr Rmeiti, during his funeral procession in Majadel village, south Lebanon, Oct. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The Saudi newspaper Okaz warns Hezbollah against dragging Lebanon into “adventures” that will endanger the entire country and deplete its resources.

In an editorial, the Saudi paper accuses the Lebanese terror group of having taken control over the “political, military and economic decision-making” in Lebanon, as well as of the country’s resources, disregarding the interests of the Lebanese people.

“Hezbollah imposes by armed force its control over the sea, air and land,” the article continues, “and has caused international sanctions to be imposed on Lebanon, and hostility with Arab countries, especially in the Gulf, which has led to a halt in the flow of capital and tourists.”

Hezbollah is also blamed for the current economic crisis in Lebanon and the collapse of the local currency, which has eroded the savings of millions of citizens.

“In the July 2006 war, Hezbollah entered recklessly into a confrontation with Israel, resulting in a brutal war for which the Lebanese people bore the brunt, as well as the Arab countries that paid for the reconstruction,” the editorial says. “Today, if Hezbollah drags Lebanon into a new war with Israel, it will end up being a new disastrous adventure that Lebanon does not need at all at this critical stage in its history.”

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