Saudi Arabia is creating a total mess in Lebanon

November 13 2017

Saudi King Salman, right, meets last week with outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Press Agency via Associated Press)

Jamal Khashoggi is a Saudi journalist and author.

As if we Arabs need another crisis in our shattered world — but that’s exactly what’s coming after the mysterious resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Riyadh last Saturday and declarations from the Saudi royal court that Iran has officially crossed a red line.

Now Saudi Arabia has created a problem for itself with some of its staunchest allies: the Sunnis of Lebanon. Even the Sunnis are aligning with different sects, some who are not friendly to Riyadh, to demand the return of Hariri, also a Sunni. It will be impossible to elect a new prime minister in Lebanon unless Hariri is returned. That is a new predicament that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, has created — and now needs to solve.


1 reply

  1. The question is whether the Saudi’s ‘Anti Hezbollah action’ is a result of an Israeli request. (After all anti-Hezbollah activity mainly benefits Israel). The proud Mohammad bin Salman just a tool of Israeli policy?

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