How Lebanon’s Leaders Became Powerless to Stop Hezbollah

A Hezbollah flag hangs in a mountain village in Lebanon.

On the eve of the resumption of US sanctions against Iran before the US midterm elections, Israel’s deputy national security adviser Eitan Ben-David relayed a grim message to Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri: Take care of Hezbollah’s missile factories, or we’ll do it for you. This message, relayed through a French official, was the most threatening warning Israel has sent Lebanon yet on…