UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – On May 16, 2018, the US announced sanctions against Hezbollah leaders.
These are related to the crisis between Tehran and Washington, the results of legislative elections in Lebanon, the response of Syria against Israeli sites on the Golan Heights and the plan of the “deal of the century”, said a Lebanese expert in a interview with Sputnik.
The sanctions imposed on the Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah by the United States on 16 May and his deputy Sheikh Naïm Kacim came in the context of tensions between the US and Iran. the Syrian government army against Israeli military sites on the Golan Heights and the upcoming formation of the new Lebanese government, Nidal al-Saba, a Lebanese political analyst, told Sputnik.
“The US decision to impose sanctions against Hezbollah can not be dissociated from the tense situation between Iran and the US after the release of the latter from the nuclear deal,” said the expert. “There are reasons that push the US administration to do this. The first is the Syrian response against Israel targeting military sites in the Golan Heights, and that Tel Aviv imputes to Tehran,” said the interlocutor of the agency.
“The second reason is the overwhelming victory of Hezbollah and its allies in the last Lebanese parliamentary elections, which gives it the opportunity to participate in the next government under the leadership of Saad Hariri, something that the United States does not want to see and that they try to block with their sanctions, “he added.
The US decision will complicate Saad Hariri’s task of forming the next Lebanese government. Indeed, dismissing Hezbollah from the new executive team, says the analyst, will push the parliament not to trust him. This will transform the “pending government to dispatch current affairs and plunge Lebanon into a crisis of institutional vacuum.”
For the expert, the last speech of the leader of Hezbollah, May 14, on the occasion of the commemoration of the second anniversary of the death of the commander of the movement Sayed Moustafa Badreddine, is the third reason that motivated the decision of the US. “In his latest speech, Hassan Nasrallah attacked the US plan of the” deal of the century “and warned the Palestinian Authority and its leader Mahmoud Abbas against the mistake of accepting the US-Israeli solution,” said M al-Saba, adding that “the US administration is doing its utmost to create conditions that can help Mahmoud Abbas accept his plan and pass it on to his public opinion.”
On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced that he was disengaging his country from the nuclear deal with Iran signed by his predecessor Barack Obama. The White House leader also said he will restore sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
After the transfer of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, the former Qatari prime minister, from 2007 to 2013, Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, estimated on May 15, on his Twitter account, that the American plan for resolving the Palestinian conflict called “Deal of the Century” would be implemented with the complicity of “great Arab countries”.