Lebanon is a state in western Asia; its capital is Beirut. It has significant cultural influence. Lebanon’s economy is based on tourism and banking. This was dramatically affected, however, by instability in the Arab world.
Kuwait Airways, the country’s national carrier, has announced it will cease all flights to Beirut starting Thursday. The decision was made in light of a security warning that came from the Cyprus government, it said.
The Lebanese army has reaffirmed its readiness to confront the “Israeli aggression” by any means at its disposal if the ongoing disputes and already tense relations between the neighbors escalate into an armed confrontation.
Rex Tillerson’s visit to Beirut didn’t resolve Lebanon’s persistent war threat from Israel, or Hezbollah’s perceived threat to Washington. The US has its own agenda for this country, which is spooking Lebanon’s president.
Lebanon is a pressure cooker which could blow at any moment, but don’t worry about confused US policy. Israel’s threats to invade are not irking the Lebanese, but many wish Hezbollah would end a local Shiite-Christian spat.