Amid the rising tensions between Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iran, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah claimed Riyadh has offered Israel billions of dollars to attack Lebanon. Nasrallah also accused the Saudis of forcing the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Watch: Nasrallah says Saudi Arabia asked Israel to attack Lebanon
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a televised speech during which he claimed that Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon and Hezbollah. Nasrallah also asserted that the Saudi royal family offered Israel billions of dollars in exchange for attacking Lebanon. “Despite this, we reject the possibility of a war breaking out,” explained Nasrallah. “Israel knows the high price it would pay for this.”
During his speech, Nasrallah lashed out at Saudi Arabia and claimed that it was holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in captivity after forcing him to resign. As reported earlier by JOL, Hariri reportedly told French and US diplomats that he is not being held prisoner in Riyadh, where he has remained since he announced his resignation last Saturday.
The tensions between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran and Hezbollah continue to mount amid a week of aggressive rhetoric between the countries. On Thursday, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi nationals in Lebanon were requested to leave the country following the claims made by Lebanese government officials that Hariri was being held against his will.
Nasrallah and Hariri Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News