Alwaght- The competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia over regional influence has been unfolding more and more since coming to rule of Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son Muhammad bin Salman in early 2015. Amid ongoing fierce rivalry, Riyadh is heavily working on putting strains on Tehran's allies in a bid to curb Iran's regional influence.
The New York Times in a report on December 24 reported that Saudi Arabia was planning to form an anti-Hezbollah militant group in the Palestinian refugee camps located in Lebanon. The American newspaper, further, revealed that during visit to Riyadh of President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman asked him to work hard to persuade the Lebanon-based Palestinians to join the pro-Saudi regional front and distance them from the pro-Tehran camp. The king in waiting warned Abbas that if he fail to do the job, he will resort to Muhammed Dahlan, a rival to Abbas over leadership of Fattah movement and the Palestinian Authority. The kingdom is embarking on the new anti-Tehran scenarios as it already received green light of the Trump administration to press against the Islamic Republic and its ally Hezbollah.
Over the course of past seven years, Saudi Arabia sustained heavy back-to-back defeats in its regional policies.
In Syria crisis, the kingdom was pushed to the sidelines in the ongoing peace efforts.
In Yemen war, the Arab country has turned into a quagmire for Saudi and allied forces.
In Bahrain crisis, the Saudi-backed Al Khalifa regime’s iron-fist response to protests has failed to silence people's pro-democracy uprising.
In Qatar crisis the us-backed Saudi regime has failed to make Doha bow to its demands.
And the very latest Saudi plot in Lebanon, i.e. forcing Prime Minister Saad Hariri into resignation, has backfired on the oil-rich kingdom with many accusing the regime of intervening in sovereign countries domestic efforts.
Saudi Arabia not only failed in its regional designs but also received a lot of damages all blamed on its policies. In such conditions that Riyadh finds itself in a tight corner and holds the Iran-led Axis of Resistance accountable for this predicament, the Persian Gulf state strives to ignite new conflict in Lebanon and embroil Tehran and Hezbollah in a new crisis.