Lebanese PM quits, has harsh words for Iran, Hezbollah

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned suddenly on Saturday, fearing an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.

“I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” Hariri said in a televised broadcast from an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia.

He also had harsh words for Iran’s interference in his country, saying: “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.”…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hariri’s resignation and his harsh critique of Iran should be “a wake-up call to the international community to take action against the Iranian aggression that is trying to turn Syria into a second Lebanon.”

He added: “This aggression endangers not only Israel but the entire Middle East. The international community needs to unite and confront this aggression.”


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