Commander of Lebanon’s armed forces instructs Lebanon’s army to be ready for war with Israel

The commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun, has instructed Lebanon’s army to be fully prepared to face the Israeli enemy at the southern border. Just a few hours prior to that, Michel Aoun, the President of Lebanon, had warned that Israel might take advantage of the political turmoil in Lebanon and initiate military action. These instructions from the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces came thereafter.

The resignation of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, which he submitted from Saudi Arabia, triggered a series of rapid events in the Middle East. Israeli newspapers had began claiming that Lebanon has completely ended up in the hands of Hezbollah following the resignation of Saad Hariri and Israel could launch an attack in such a situation. Even Saudi Arabia had adopted a tough stance against Lebanon. The Lebanese President accused Saudi Arabia of forcing Hariri to resign and detaining him. This led to tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

While the tensions with Israel and Saudi Arabia strained further, that too at the same time, the possibility of Israel launching an attack on Lebanon has been strengthened. A few days ago, Hezbollah had indicated that they are ready to face any possible attack by Israel. The leaders of Hezbollah had said that they are capable to deal with any situation. It was thereafter that the news of instructions from the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces has surfaced.

Even the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, had warned of a possible attack from Israel. Following this, the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces too, has alerted Lebanese army against Israel and alarmed them about this grave situation. As Lebanon was issuing these warnings, Saudi Arabia had given an ultimatum to Lebanon in the recently held meeting of the Arab League. Saudi and its allies had put forth that Lebanon take strong action against Hezbollah.

“The Lebanese group Hezbollah is assisting the militants and militant groups in the Arab-Gulf countries. Hezbollah provides these groups with advanced rifles and ballistic missiles”, accused Arab League. The Arab league suggested that Lebanon should curb the Iran-backed Hezbollah. The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, denied all the accusations leveled against the Hezbollah by the Arab League.

Lebanon had deployed troops in large numbers along the Israeli border in the last month. A few months ago, Hezbollah had announced the opening of a factory for manufacturing missiles near the Israeli border. While expressing concern over both these events, Israel had warned both the Lebanese army and the Hezbollah. Israel also said that if the international community fails to control the Lebanese army and Hezbollah, they would not be responsible for the consequences.