It is reasonable to assume that Hizbullah, with the support of Iran, will make a great effort to prevent these developments. Hariri's resignation toppled a coalition government that included Hezbollah, thrusting Lebanon back into the frontline of the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry and risking an open-ended political crisis. "As Hezbollah matured and played a more integral role in governance, it wanted to be seen as creating the means for a stronger, more effective Lebanon". "They felt he was not preventing their agenda and that he was influenced by Hezbollah and Iran".
The prime minister must be a Sunni in Lebanon's sectarian system. Sooner or later, it will want to test those in real-life scenarios, as the logic would have it.
On Tuesday, Al-Akhbar, a pro-Hizballah Lebanese daily, claimed he was under house arrest in Riyadh with his family, a claim denied by Saudi Arabia. A U.N. -backed tribunal has charged five Hezbollah members over the killing.
Hariri said Hezbollah and Iran had brought Lebanon into the "eye of a storm" of international sanctions. Iran was sowing strife, destruction and ruin wherever it went and accused it of a "deep hatred for the Arab nation", he said.
Direct military action would risk huge destabilization in the Gulf and beyond, disrupting oil shipments vital to Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Nasrallah questioned the credibility of Hariri's announcement of the resignation, which was issued in Saudi Arabia.
Sabhan had said on Sunday that he has "confirmed information" of a plot to murder Hariri, who resigned on Saturday.
Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon's Druze minority, said Lebanon was too weak to bear the consequences of Hariri's resignation, saying he feared political and economic fallout.
"We cannot but be sad over Lebanon's situation due to Hezbollah".
The ostensible reason he gave, as he invoked his late father's name, was that he too is threatened with assassination. This was Saudi and not Lebanese rhetoric, Nasrallah said.
Hariri has visited Saudi Arabia twice in the past week, meeting Crown Prince Mohammed and other senior officials. In recent weeks, leading Christian politicians who oppose Hezbollah have also visited Saudi Arabia.
"With [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad clearly having survived the challenge posed by Saudi-backed rebels, the Saudi leadership may hope to move its confrontation with Iran from Syria to Lebanon". But it has succeeded in killing thousands of innocent people, displacing millions, and helping Tehran position itself as the defender of the oppressed in the Middle East.
Taking up the prime minister's office last year, Mr Hariri promised a "new era for Lebanon" after two years of political deadlock. That could potentially destabilize Lebanon, which saw bloody clashes between the guerrilla force and Sunni rivals in the mid-2000s.
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters there was no danger to Lebanon's economy or its currency.
Therefore, Nasrallah stressed, the decision to resign was a Saudi one imposed on the Lebanese prime minister.
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