Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday told a Saudi Arabian news website that the decisions made in Lebanon are not made by Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah but by Iranian Prime Minister Ali Khamenei.
According to an article published about Ya'alon by London's Arabic daily Elaph, Ya'alon's term as Defense Minister ended because of the "submarine scandal" in which Israel bought submarines from Germany.
"There's no such country as Lebanon," Ya'alon said. "All of the decisions are made by Iran, not by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri or by Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah."
"If Khamenei wants a war, then Lebanon will go go war, and every Lebanese citizen will suffer from the war, because we will destroy all of their infrastructure."
Regarding the fact that Iran is building weapons factories in Lebanon, Ya'alon said, "I regret that this made it to the news before the factories were destroyed."
With regards to Syria's civil war and its spillover into Israel, he said, "Israel has red lines." He also denied that Israel had helped Jabhat al-Nusra or any other jihadist groups.