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PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks by phone with IDF command

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the international community Saturday night that it is time to “wake up” in response to the sudden resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister earlier in the day.

“The resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri and his remarks are a wake-up call to the international community to take action against the Iranian aggression that is trying to turn Syria into a second Lebanon,” Netanyahu said.

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“This aggression endangers not only Israel but the entire Middle East. The international community needs to unite and confront this aggression.”

Likewise, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman made it clear in separate remarks that Lebanon will fall to Iran — if it hasn’t yet done so already.

“Lebanon = Hezbollah. Hezbollah = Iran. Lebanon = Iran,” Liberman tweeted. “Iran is a danger to the world. Saad Hariri proved this today. Period.”

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri appeared on the official Al Arabiya television news network Saturday in Riyadh to announce his resignation, stating his life was in danger and warning that Iran had created chaos and destruction in the region.

“Iran has a grip on the fate of the nations of the region… Hezbollah is the arm of Iran, not only in Lebanon but in other Arab nations as well,” Hariri said. “In recent years, Hezbollah has used the power of its weapons to impose a fait accompli.”

“This aggression endangers not only Israel, but the entire Middle East. The international community needs to unite and stand against this aggression.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.