Bennett: Lebanon on Verge of Collapse, Israel Monitoring Situation
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday said that Lebanon is “on the verge of collapse,” in reference to the country’s severe economic and financial crisis.
“Lebanon is on the verge of collapse, like all countries that Iran takes over, and this time, the citizens of Lebanon are paying the price,” Bennett said during an Israeli cabinet meeting, according to an English-language statement published by his office.
“It must be understood that the citizens of Lebanon are paying a heavy price because of the Iranian takeover of the country,” Bennett added.
“We are closely monitoring what is happening there, (together with) both the Defense Minister and the Foreign Minister, and we will continue to be prepared,” the Israeli PM added.
He also cited Israel’s reported thwarting of an attempt to smuggle 47 handguns from Lebanon.
“Yesterday, the IDF (Israeli army) and the Israel Police captured smuggled handguns worth millions of shekels; of course, this is only one of many examples. We will continue to monitor the situation,” Bennett said.