Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blamed the regime in Riyadh for Lebanon’s turmoil, but stated that war is not expected to occur in the near future. Western intelligence officials reportedly warned Hariri of an intent to assassinate him, but the Lebanese Army has denied such claims.

Nasrallah: “Saudi madness”

Nasrallah: “Saudi madness” Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah responded today (Sunday) to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation calling the step “Saudi madness.” Nasrallah made this remarks during a closed meeting with hundreds of people from his terrorist organization and he was quoted on Lebanese television. At about 6:00 PM, Nasrallah will give a speech in which Hezbollah’s official response to the resignation will be broadcasted.

“What happened was Saudi madness and we’ll wait and see what happens over the next few days,” Nasrallah told his associates. As to the possibility of another conflict in the Middle East, which could be against Israel, Nasrallah added that he “doesn’t expect war in the near future, but the next war will be fateful and will decide the balance.”

Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As reported yesterday by JOL, Hariri declared his resignation during a speech in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh. Hariri explained that he is resigning due to the fact that “Hezbollah has been able in the past decades to impose a reality in Lebanon by force of arms directed at the chests of Syrians and Lebanese.” He also stated that he senses a conspiracy to assassinate him.

According to Saudi newspaper Asharq AL-awsat, Western intelligence officials warned Hariri about an attempt to assassinate him. However, the Lebanese Army stated that no evidence of an assassination attempt against the Prime Minister or any other political figure has been found.