Within a few weeks, the Saudi prince’s successor (a position that came after many drama) forced the Lebanese prime minister to resign, directly threatened Iran, and massacred members of his own royal family.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri quite unexpectedly traveled to Saudi Arabia last week, and equally unexpectedly went to the al-Arabiya television there (the Saudi response to the Qatar Al-Jazeera ) by Riyadh to announce that he is resigning his post in Lebanon. In explaining this course of events, Hariri said he had to hide in Riyadh because Lebanon was jeopardized by life, which he directly accused Iran, incidentally attacking Hezbollah, the Iranian ally in Lebanon.
Just a year ago, Hariri was the man who managed to end the multi-year political blockade and form a government of national unity, in which Hizbollah also took part with 2 ministers. On top of that, Hariri in Washington lobbies to ease proposed sanctions against Hezbollah, and before traveling to Riyadh, he directly meets with adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei.
Simultaneously with Saad, but quite specifically, in Riyadh is also his elder brother, Baha Hariri, with whom they are not in good relations, and it is presumed to be the Saudi peak for the next Prime Minister of Lebanon. Hezbollah used the whole situation to give points to the public, saying Hariri was welcome to return to the country as soon as possible and accused Saudi Arabia of kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon.
Just hours after the announcement of Hariri’s unexpected resignation, a suburb of Riyadh was hit by a missile fired from Yemen, a country where Saudis and Iranians fight through their “vassals”. Saudi Arabia’s reaction is to urge all its citizens to leave Lebanon, and to hit the Khutites even stronger in Yemen.
Although in the initial explanation of such developments, Israel was immediately involved, on the grounds that it wanted to wage a war with Hezbollah, deeper calculations have shown that neither Hezbollah nor Israel are currently particularly dissatisfied with new developments.
“From there an alternative is mentioned the theory according to which the Saudi prince’s goal is in Lebanon to trigger a political and then an economic crisis, bearing in mind that the country has been on edge for two years now.
It is also assumed that this action against Lebanon was initially motivated by Saudi interior reasons, primarily because of the desire of the 32-year-old prince to clean up the bitterness of several unsuccessful attempts to oppose Iran and to prepare the ground for taking over the royal throne , “Writes Tena Erzeg in the news for News.
In the portfolio, the mistakes and failures of the Prince in the outer plane are also the dragging on in the war in Yemen, in which the global media successfully ignore the killings and starvation of hundreds of thousands of civilians ; and blocking, imposition of sanctions and the abolition of diplomatic relations from a pure peace with Qatar , as well as the ultimatum to them that was coldly ignored by Doha.
Along with all this, the prince , who was praised as a moderate and reformer, decided to conduct a mass clearing in which at least 200 members of the political and business elite of the country were arrested at the same time. Among them are 11 princes, ministers and super-billionaires. Salman presented the arrest as a fight against corruption, explaining that those arrested detained the state for over 100 billion dollars.
The Prince interpreted all his moves as “a testament to the revolutionary turning of Saudi politics to the values of liberal democracy.” Although there were moves such as lifting the ban on driving or women and increasing the number of employed women, the West was mostly disappointed with his moves. One of the explanations is that the West again assesses developments in the Middle East in its own measure.
“Yet the way Salman interprets liberal democracy is totally wrong, at least when it comes to its economic dimension. He quite obviously intended to break down the established connections between the Saudi princes and tycoons, and to create new ones in which all roads would lead to him.
Salman’s plan is little by little to reorganize the Saudi variant of capitalism in order to prevent corruption and excessive concentration of wealth because of which large resources can no longer prevent the growth of unemployment, ” Erzeg writes .