Report: Israel Tells Its Envoys to Back Saudis, Hariri against Hizbullah, Iran

(Times of Israel) Stuart Winer - The Israel Foreign Ministry has instructed its diplomats to contact government officials and make the case for reining in Iran and its proxy Hizbullah, Channel 10 reported Wednesday. They were to back Saudi Arabian claims that the two Shiite allies were behind a missile attack on Riyadh International Airport over the weekend, and note former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation announcement in which he lashed out at the influence of Hizbullah and Iran on his country. "The events in Lebanon, and the ballistic missile launched by Houthis toward the Riyadh international airport, should cause [the world] to increase the pressure on Iran and Hizbullah on a range of issues, from ballistic missile production to its efforts at regional subversion," the Foreign Ministry memo read. "Hariri's resignation proves that the claim heard abroad that Hizbullah's inclusion in [Lebanon's] government is a recipe for stability is fundamentally mistaken. This artificial unity creates paralysis and prevents domestic political forces from making decisions that serve their national interests. In practice it makes them hostages subject to physical threats who are forced against their will to advance the interests of a foreign power - Iran - even if the matter is likely to endanger the security of their country."

2017-11-08 00:00:00

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