NEWSRAEL: A growing number of diverse Lebanese groups are putting pressure on the Iranian proxy, Hezbollah, especially since Nasrallah, its leader, trashed Saudi Arabia in his last speech. Can political pressure inside Lebanon and throughout the Arab world do what military means have not been able to do?
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Naharnet, the Lebanese news site reported that Ex-PM Saad Hariri on Tuesday hit out at Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over his latest anti-Saudi remarks, saying that “history will not be merciful on a party that is selling its Arab identity, its country’s stability and its people’s interests in return for some participation in the region’s wars.”
“Your insistence on antagonizing Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a continuous act of jeopardizing Lebanon, its role and the interests of its sons,” Hariri said in a series of tweets.
“Saudi Arabia is not threatening the State of Lebanon with (the Lebanese citizens) who work in it and who have bene living among its people for tens of years,” the ex-PM added.
“Saudi Arabia and all Arab Gulf countries embraced the Lebanese and offered them jobs and decent living requirements. He who is threatening the Lebanese in their living, stability and progress is the one who wants the State of Lebanon to be a hostage for the State of Iran and its extensions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon,” Hariri went on to say.
Also addressing Nasrallah, the ex-PM added: “I know that you will not back down from the approach of provocation and slurs against the Arab Gulf countries, but everyone knows that history will not be merciful on a party that is selling its Arab identity, its country’s stability and its people’s interests in return for some participation in the region’s wars.”
Nasrallah verbally attacked Saudi King Salman in his speech on Monday, saying Riyadh helped spread extremist ideology worldwide and is taking the thousands of Lebanese who work in the Gulf region "hostage."
Nasrallah's statements during a televised speech came in response to comments by King Salman, who called on the Lebanese in a speech last week "to end the terrorist Hizbullah's control" of Lebanon.
The comments come as Lebanese authorities are trying to mend relations with Saudi Arabia that hit a new low in October when the kingdom recalled its ambassador from Beirut and banned all Lebanese imports. The Saudi move followed comments by a Lebanese Cabinet minister who said in a televised interview that the war in Yemen was futile and called it an aggression by the Saudi-led coalition.