Cross-border clashes over the weekend between Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah threaten to undo the uneasy peace along the Israel-Lebanon border. Both sides have declared that the fighting had reached their respective objectives, while avoiding any casualties.
The Lebanese parliament has approved the formation of a new government a full nine months since voters went to the polls.
Six months after parliamentary elections, talks about the formation of a new government in Lebanon remain at an impasse.
There is a real danger that the cold war between Israel and Iran may soon turn hot in Lebanon. Statements by Israeli politicians and military officials have highlighted the seriousness of the threat posed by Iranian proxies in Lebanon, threatening military escalation.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation has caught people in Lebanon and the broader region largely by surprise. Mr. Hariri cited fear for his personal safety as the main reason, pointing the finger at Iran and its ally Hezbollah as destabilizing elements in his country.
June 2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, a very short military confrontation between Israel and its three immediate Arab neighbors that reshaped the political geography of the Middle East.
U.S. President Donald Trump, standing next to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a press conference in Washington, DC, asserted that Lebanon was at war with Hezbollah, despite the militia-cum-party’s role as a member of Mr. Hariri’s coalition government.