Lebanon sets May 6, 2018 date for first parliamentary vote in nearly a decade

Lebanon has set a date of May 6 next year to hold its first legislative election in nearly a decade, potentially transforming the politics of a country caught in a confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed a decree setting the date on Friday, allowing the vote to go ahead at […]

We don’t need foreign volunteers to defend Lebanon, says Hariri

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Thursday that “the Lebanese know how to defend their land and sovereignty” and that “they do not need foreign volunteers under any label.” “We underscore the importance of the government’s dissociation resolution and the need to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries,” Hariri said at […]

Saudi FM: ” If Lebanon had not existed, there should have been a need to invent it”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday reiterated his country’s interest in a stable Lebanon and  denied that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s  rescinding of  his resignation  was a  “defeat ”  for the kingdom , pointing out that SA will “wait and see” if the PM will be “allowed to implement his political agenda.” “We have backed PM […]

Crisis increased confidence in Lebanese economy, says Central Bank chief

Lebanon’s ability to survive the crisis sparked last month by the premier’s now rescinded resignation has increased confidence in its economy, the governor of the country’s central bank said Friday. Lebanon, chronically feared to be on the brink of default, was shaken last month by an unprecedented crisis that saw Prime Minister Saad Hariri resign […]

Lebanon’s top Shiite cleric describes Christian president as Imam Michel Aoun

Higher Islamic Shiite Council chief Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan described    at a Christian-Islamic summit on Jerusalem in Bkirki on Thursday President Michel Aoun as “Imam Michel Aoun” in appreciation for  his stances on Jerusalem, during an emergency summit for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation . “It turns out that the representatives of Muslims are (Foreign Minister) Jebran […]

Israel threatens to send Lebanon back to the “Stone Age” if Iran builds bases there

  Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz Wednesday told London-based Saudi news site Elaph that Israel will not allow Iran to have military bases in Lebanon and threatened to bomb them, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Katz said that Israel knew Iranian weapons factories were being built in Lebanon. “We have information that Iran is building advanced […]

Lebanese General Security warns over Mossad’s attempt to recruiting citizens online

The Lebanese General Security Directorate has warned over online recruiting done by Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence agency. A report of the Lebanese Counterintelligence indicates the services of the Zionist regime are preparing some traps for citizens on the Internet to include them into their lists of informants. The statement reveals that Mossad operates on social […]

Israeli delegation walks out of trade union summit after Lebanese rep slammed Israel, trump

The Israeli delegation walked  out of the ongoing Euro-Mediterranean Summit meeting of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions in Spain on Wednesday after a Lebanese representative criticized the Israeli occupation and U.S. President Donald Trump. The dramatic exit came after Castro Abdullah, the president of Lebanon’s National Confederation of Trade Unions and Trade Union Workers […]

Exact origin of hummus is still highly contested, but Lebanon still holding world record

By Diana Spechler At Akramawi, a 65-year-old hummus joint by Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, a cook named Nader Tarawe was showing me how to prepare hummus. The recipe for hummus b’tahini (as the dish is named; ‘hummus’ simply means ‘chickpeas’), consists of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. Since it’s relatively simple to make, the variations […]

MPs slam riots: “Awkar is not Gaza and Lebanese security forces are not Israelis”

MPs Sami Gemayel, Ibrahim Kanaan and Nabil Nicola who represent Northern Metn district of Mt Lebanon denounced   on Sunday the riots that marred a demo protesting Washington’s decision on Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy in Awkar. “Awkar is not Gaza and Lebanese security forces are not Israelis”, public properties and citizens’ private properties should not be […]