No one knows whether they will wake up the next day to the sounds of aircraft and bombing or for how long they will spend their days holding their breath, waiting and wondering if these signs of conflict will arrive.
In Lebanon, the fate of the country and its people is in the hands of Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. He has not made media appearances other than in a single image and a news piece about a meeting of the leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.
Nasrallah’s low profile is new. In previous years, his public appearances have been numerous, and his words were repetitive and tedious for supporters and opponents alike.
But since 7 October, Lebanon’s people – and the citizens and governments of other nations – have been waiting to hear from Nasrallah. The whole world wants to find out if he will enter a wider war or remain committed to the limits set on confrontations with Israel under the rules of engagement set by the UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
Iran’s public face
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has adopted a very different approach. He seizes every chance to discuss Lebanon and make decisions for the country as if he were its high commissioner.