Lebanon is hurtling towards collapse in a financial meltdown that is posing the most serious threat to its stability since the 1975-1990 civil war.
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance at a religious procession
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Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah stressed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a “difficult situation and an internal crisis” after last week’s elections, comparing Netanyahu’s situation to former US president Donald Trump, in a speech on Wednesday.
Nasrallah pointed to the failure to implement the “Deal of the Century” peace plan proposed by the Trump administration, stating that Trump was the first side of the deal to fall and that Netanyahu, who he referred to as the second side of the deal, was in a difficult situation as well.
“The Deal of the Century died because of the steadfastness of the Palestinians and the fall of one of the parties of this deal, Donald Trump,” said Nasrallah, according to Arabic media. “The second side in the Deal of the Century, Netanyahu is in a difficult situation, and it is not known if he will be able to form a government within the enemy’s entity.”
“The elections highlight the crisis in the leadership of the entity, and the dispersion and fragmentation of the Knesset, and confidence in this entity that was built on an illusion,” added the Hezbollah leader.
Nasrallah added that Israel is “anxious” about the Iranian terrorist groups in the region, stating that the “axis of resistance” (a name Iran uses to refer to itself and its proxies) has been through “the worst and most dangerous stage in its history during the past ten years through what happened in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the severe siege on Iran.”
The secretary-general stressed that the terrorist groups are accumulating strength and capabilities that will “determine the war in the future.”
Nasrallah claimed as well that the US and Israel are on the “path of decline,” warning countries in the region from betting on America and calling for internal dialogue between the countries of the region to resolve issues, instead of American intervention.
The Hezbollah leader pointed to the US’s concerns towards Russia and China and claimed there is an international effort to prevent a front with Iran on the side of Russia and China, stating that this was the reason behind attempts to renew the nuclear deal.
Concerning Lebanon’s own political and financial crisis, Nasrallah stated that it was time for politicians to put aside their demands and allow the formation of a new government that can rescue the country from an unprecedented financial crisis.
“Everyone must know the country has run out of time,” Nasrallah said in the televised speech. He said there were “serious, collective efforts” in recent days to ease a political standoff that has obstructed cabinet talks for months.
Lebanon is hurtling towards collapse in a financial meltdown that is posing the most serious threat to its stability since the 1975-1990 civil war, but bickering politicians have been unable to form a government for months.
Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri and President Michel Aoun have been at loggerheads since October, dashing hopes of a reversal of Lebanon’s deepening financial meltdown.
Hariri has said Aoun is trying to dictate cabinet seats in order to gain veto power while Aoun’s party accused Hariri of trying to orchestrate a majority for himself and his allies.
Hezbollah, an ally of Aoun, has urged cabinet formation before.
A new cabinet could implement reforms and unlock much needed foreign aid.