imposed economic sanctions on Lebanon a year and a half ago, froze its $3 billion in aid for the Lebanese armed forces and halted business deals between the two countries. Today, Saudi Arabia
can impose even more painful punishments on Lebanon. Over 400,000 Lebanese citizens work in the Gulf states and they transfer some $2.5 billion a year back to their homeland. If the kingdom decides to enlist its neighbors in the Gulf to join these sanctions, it could be a deathblow for the Lebanese economy.