While preparing for the electoral campaign (in case it would place), Lebanon is waiting for the foreign developments. Therefore, there is anticipation for the repercussions of the ongoing negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Undoubtedly, any compromise path between the two major players in the region, Tehran and Riyadh, would inevitably have repercussions on neighboring countries, from Sanaa to Gaza, passing through Damascus to Beirut. This means, in particular, thwarting all the endeavors of isolating Lebanon after the imposed hostile sanctions, and disconnecting it from its vital and strategic ties with Damascus.
Whoever follows the developments on Yemen’s western coast, and Shabwa in particular, realises that no file can be approached without looking at the results of the Saudi-Iranian rapprochement.
Nonetheless, it is naive to think that a settlement of this magnitude can be obtained without an American green light. Since the seizure of the UAE military cargo ship “al-Rawabi”, by the Yemeni Armed Forces, and the developments in Shabwa, the United States seems concerned, in particular about Bab al-Mandab strait.
Besides, the Zionist concerns cannot be ignored, especially now after the recent Yemeni armed forces’ operation, entitled “Hurricane Yemen”, targeting Abu Dhabi.
Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced that the missiles that targeted the oil refinery of al-Musaffah, and Abu Dhabi Airport, were 4 Quds-2-type winged missiles, adding, “The Propelled Air Force targeted several sensitive and important targets, in addition to the previous targets, using Sammad-3 drones”.
A leading member in the Houthi Movement, Muhammad al-Bakhiti, told Al-Mayadeen TV that the goal of the operation is to deter the UAE, “which we have long been very patient with,” after it has resumed its aggressive ground and air escalation.
Yemen; A Third Side
Al-Bakhiti said the UAE had perceived Yemen’s development of its missile capabilities, that’s why it withdrew in 2019. However, Saudi Arabia has implicated it again in Yemen quagmire, and it has also handed it over various southern governorates handed it over, after it gave up on the confrontation.
He added that the operation “is only the beginning of the expansion of Yemeni strikes and the bank of targets in the UAE depth,” warning Abu Dhabi against continuing the aggression. He said, “What is required of the UAE to withdraw from Yemen after we gave it an opportunity to withdraw gradually.”
Back into Lebanon, Hezbollah occupies a pivotal position in the axis of resistance, both in terms of activating relations between the components of this axis, or in terms of the role it plays in confronting arrogant schemes and the threats that target the region in particular and the world in general.
There is no doubt that Hezbollah’s historical victories over the illegitimate Zionist entity, and in recent years, over the takfiri terrorist groups, and its remarkable and sincere political performance, have made the resistance far too admired by the peoples of the region, particularly those who raise the banner of defending the Palestinian righteous cause and reject the Zionist occupation.
This trust in Hezbollah has urged various pro-resistance factions to deal comfortably and openly with it. That is why Hezbollah enjoys excellent relations with Iran, Syria, all the way to the diverse Palestinian and Iraqi resistance movements.
Today, Hezbollah is steadfast in its position, and is keen on maintaining a comprehensive national consensus in Lebanon, in addition to its keenness on its relations with its allies, especially since those alliances are based on national constants far from political interests.
Hezbollah is also committed to the citizens’ concerns, amid the dire economic collapse. At Lebanon approaches the 2022 parliamentary elections, the political wing of the resistance movement is relentlessly working to bridge the rift between allies in a bid to sincerely address the exacerbating crises.