On November 10, the Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, said that the US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel are planning a war against Lebanon.
Rezaei went on and warned about the consequences of such war on Lebanon on his personal website according to the Iranian MEHR agency.
“Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel with the green light of the US have decided to destabilize and insecure Lebanon and have declared a war situation against the country but Lebanese people and government will resist against this invasion,” Rezaei wrote on his personal website.
Many Lebanese media outlets warned of a possible Saudi-led war on Lebanon in the aftermath of Lebanon Prime Minister resignation on November 4. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia is encouraging Israel to attack Hezbollah in Lebanon during a televised speech on November 10.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on all sides inside and outside Lebanon to respect the Lebanese government. Moreover, Tillerson stressed that the US recognizes Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri and sees him as “a strong partner of the United States”.
“There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state,” Tillerson said in an official press release.
In his statement, Tillerson was clearly hinting at Hezbollah, that’s believed to be the biggest armed force in Lebanon. Tillerson’s statement could be a sign that the US might not oppose an Israeli or a Saudi attack on Lebanon, which would be clearly aimed at Hezbollah.