Hizbullah Rejects Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Resignation

Posted November 11, 2017

Lebanese President Michel Aoun will not accept Hariri's resignation until he returns to Lebanon to explain his reasons, palace sources said on Sunday, delaying for now the politically difficult consultations over his successor. The international organization's presence in Lebanon include the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) who serves as the secretary-general's representative to the Lebanese Government, all political parties and the diplomatic community based in the country, and works on behalf of the UN chief to assist Lebanese parties to reach peaceful and consensus based solutions to contentious issues.

"Talk about Hariri being pushed to resign are lies and aim at distracting the Lebanese people", Saudi State Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan told Al-Arabiya television on November 6.

Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.

The resignation marks the end of a shaky Shia-Sunni political alliance forming the government, which has somewhat managed to keep away the violence battering neighbouring Syria.

Kushner visited Saudi Arabia in October as part of a four-day trip to the region that also included stops in Israel, Jordan and Egypt, Politico reported last week. And if there were any doubts, he made a more direct reference to Iran and its followers, threatening that Lebanon would "cut off the hands that wickedly extend into it".

Hariri's resignation makes it more difficult for the creation of a coalition that allows Hezbollah the decisive voice, while at the same time paying lip service to other interests in Lebanon, Friedman said.

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Hariri then headed an anti-Syrian bloc to victory in 2005 legislative elections, eventually serving as prime minister intermittently throughout 2017.

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, has been serving as prime minister since December 2016.

The main significance of Nasrallah and President Aoun's remarks is that the Lebanese government is not disintegrating in light of the announcement of Hariri's resignation.

It is hard to predict how Hariri's resignation will effect Israeli interests.

Hezbollah's close ties to Iran and its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war with rebels have been a major source of tension in Lebanon for years. "Of course, Iran is accused of interference". "But if the Saudis fail and Hezbollah strengthens its position and has more room to maneuver, we will lose", said Shavit. "When the moment of truth arrives, "Israel's" allies, with the United States in the lead, should give it full backing", he mentioned.