With three fronts potentially encroaching on its oil and gas-rich waters, Lebanon has few options for international arbitration.
Amid Saudi offers of economic help and Iran’s military support, it might be harder than ever for Lebanon to insulate itself from regional conflict.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri was reluctant to include a Hezbollah-friendly Sunni in the government as it would signal a loss of his authority over the Sunnis, but he eventually yielded.
"Part of our plan in the next war is to enter into Galilee, a part of our plan we are capable of, God willing. The important thing is that we have this capability and we have had it for years," said Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in an interview.
Israel's latest operation has led to rumours of another war, but outside of rhetoric, it doesn't look like either side is ready to stomach such a conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paraded diagrams of alleged weapons sites in Lebanon at the UN General Assembly, but when diplomats toured those sites, no weapons were found. Is Israel priming the international community for a strike?
Even though the official results have not been announced yet, Hezbollah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says his party has achieved "victory" in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections since 2009. PM Hariri has lost over a third of his seats.
Hassan Nasrallah said those who hope the anti-government protests in Iran would grow and lead to regime change will be left disappointed.
Saudi Arabia has accused the Iranian-backed Hezbollah of helping Houthi rebels in Yemen and playing a role in the ballistic missile attack on Riyadh this month.
"No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon," Abul Gheit says after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Baabda.
Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon and his Iran-backed group as he accused the Gulf kingdom of detaining Prime Minister Saad al Hariri.
The resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister kicked off a chain of events that has sent shock waves throughout the Middle East. It can be seen as another effort on Saudi Arabia's part to limit growing Iranian influence in the region.
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