How Hezbollah’s grip on Lebanon wrecked ties with Riyadh

Saudi Arabia may have dealt Lebanon’s rulers – Hezbollah and the oligarchs – a fatal economic blow by scaling down its diplomatic ties and closing off Saudi markets to Lebanese exports.

While it is tempting to think of the Saudi move as a welcome wake-up call for the Lebanese, judging by past behavior, the oligarchs are unlikely to change course, and will most likely persist in their tried-and-failed policies that have only bred economic collapse and misery.

Riyadh’s escalation might seem to have been the result of comments made by Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi in which he blamed Arab Gulf countries for the war in Yemen, saying that the Houthis – whose occupation of Sanaa started the war – were only defending themselves against Saudi aggression. 

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