Lebanese prime minister Hariri resigns

Bahrain is a bellwether nation for the Saudi Arabia-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council and often the first to announce sanctions and travel bans, usually targeting countries seen as close to Iran. "The resignation of al-Hariri and his comments on Iran are a wake-up call to the global community to act against Iran, which is trying to turn Syria into a second Lebanon".

Following Hariri's decision to step down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the resignation should be a "wake-up call" to the worldwide community to the threat posed by Iran's regional ambitions, which he said endanger not only Israel but the entire Middle East.

The resignation of Lebanese President Saad al-Hariri must be a wake-up call for the world about the aggressive attempts by Iran to infiltrate countries and impose its will on other countries, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement Motzoei Shabbos.

His father, Rafik al-Hariri, was prime minister after Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war and was assassinated in a auto bombing in 2005. Hariri cited threats on his life and Iran and its proxy Hezbollah's vast influence in Lebanon in his decision to resign.

Nasrallah questioned the timing of Hariri's announcement at a time when "things are proceeding normally.in the heart of government" in Lebanon.

He added that Hariri resigned from Riyadh for security reasons.

Hezbollah, established in the 1980s, is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is set to address Hariri's resignation in a speech on Sunday, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV reported.

"Is he at home?"

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by arresting royals, ministers and investors including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom's most prominent businessmen.

In this February 14, 2005, file photo, vehicles burn following a massive bomb attack that tore through the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon.


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