What are Saudi Arabia's Goals in the Political Escalation against Lebanon?
Senior Ansar Allah member Mohammad al-Bukhaiti says Saudi Arabia only moves within the confines of US interests, while Abnaa al-Balad says the war on Yemen is beyond futile.
Senior Ansar Allah member, Mohammad al-Bukhaiti, told Al Mayadeen on Saturday that "what Saudi Arabia is doing to Lebanon serves US interests," pointing out that "Lebanon's blackmail is a condemnation against Saudi Arabia."
Al-Bukhaiti noted that Saudi Arabia's goal is to render the Lebanese people subservient and enslave the country," and that "Trump had before gotten used to insulting the Saudi regime."
He considered that Saudi Arabia only moves within the confines of US interests, adding that the Kingdom "earlier threatened us with war and embargo if we do not acquiesce to dialogue in Iraq."
Al-Bukhaiti stressed the importance of "refusing the blackmail and the abandonment of our dignity," saying that "Qatar lost nothing from its dispute with Saudi Arabia; it rather emerged victorious in a number of ways."
On his part, Ansar Allah Political Bureau member Ali al-Qahoum tweeted that "the criminal Saudi regime believes that by continuing its hysterical attack against Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi, he and the Lebanese people will be weakened and he will bow down to the regime just as its servants and mercenaries, whom the regime bought with ill-begotten money, do."
He noted that the Saudi regime "does not realize that the free do not bow and are not servile. They are always proud, and they stand tall."
يظن النظام السعودي المجرم أنه بإستمراره في الحملة المسعورة على وزير الإعلام اللبناني جورج قرداحي سيوهن عضده وعضد اللبنانيين وسينحني كما ينحي له عبيده ومرتزقته ممن أشتراهم بالمال الحرام والمدنس غير مدرك السعودي أن الاحرار غير قابلين للإنحناء والتزلف إطلاقا فهم دوما شرفاء شامخون ..— علي القحوم (@alialqhoom) October 30, 2021
Palestine's Abnaa Al-Balad: The war on Yemen is beyond futile
Palestine's Abnaa al-Balad Movement issued a statement, wherein it described the war on Yemen as "beyond futile," and saw that "freedom of speech is a supreme value and is even more important when it falls in an axiological and humanitarian context."
The statement regarded that the "position of the House of Saud's regime and its lackeys in the region is not only confusing and laughable, but also arouses anger against this group who has lost all dignity, and is insulted by the West and the United States," adding that "these backward oppressive authoritarian regimes want to control Lebanon and push toward infighting to drag the Resistance into an ugly position of domestic attrition."
Senior Abnaa al-Balad official Raja Eghbariye told Al Mayadeen, "Lebanon is always in the eye of the storm, and not just because of the Minister Kordahi issue," and stated that "Saudi Arabia stands against the Palestinian people and Arab peoples as a whole."
Eghbariye considered that "Israel" is attempting to escalate matters with Lebanon through Saudi Arabia, and that an economic war is being waged against Lebanon; therefore, it must be faced by looking to the East.
Lebanon's crisis cell
Lebanese Foreign Minister, Abdallah Bou Habib, said that a crisis cell formed in response to the diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries will conduct permanent sessions.
Bou Habib added that "we want to address the repercussions of the crisis with the Gulf countries," stressing "the implementation of our commitments towards the Arab world, especially Saudi Arabia."
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia recalled its Ambassador to Lebanon for consultations, while it requested the ambassador of Lebanon to leave the Kingdom within 48 hours and decided to stop all Lebanese imports to the kingdom.
After KSA's move, Bahrain also asked the Lebanese Ambassador to leave, while Kuwait recalled its own Ambassador and asked the Chargé d'Affaires of Lebanon's Embassy in Kuwait to leave within 48 hours.
Information Minister George Kordahi, had said in an interview, conducted before he became minister, that the war on Yemen was "futile", adding that the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement "has been defending itself in the face of external aggression against Yemen for years." Saudi Arabia took offense to these statements and took action against Lebanon.