Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia’s detention of Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally who declared his resignation while in Riyadh last Saturday (November 4), was an insult to all Lebanese and he must return to Lebanon.
His comments mirror an accusation by Riyadh on Monday (November 6) that Lebanon and Hezbollah had declared war on the Gulf Arab kingdom.
Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was encouraging Israel to attack Lebanon. While an Israeli attack could not be ruled out entirely, he said, it was unlikely partly because Israel knew it would pay a very high price.
Hariri’s resignation is being seen as part of a Saudi attempt to counter Iran as its influence deepens in Syria and Iraq and as Riyadh and its allies battle Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.