"I defend the interests of my country Lebanon first. Are we required to remain in a state of war?" • Maronite leader: "Lebanon should be the last Arab country to normalize its relations with Israel."
Since the explosion, Lebanon's police have arrested 25 people, including the port's head.
Approximately 57% of the poll respondents did not demonstrate their enthusiasm regarding the idea of having Lebanon signing a peace deal with its Jewish neighbor.
Concerning whether Lebanon would consider making peace with Israel, Aoun stated "That depends. We have problems with Israel and we have to resolve them first."
Nadim Koteich lamented the situation in Lebanon, comparing each citizen's portion of the GDP ($360)to Israel's, which he says is $3,600 for each citizen.
The protesters demand that the new government be composed of technocrats rather than politicians representing the country’s many ethnic and religious groups.
President Michel Aoun responded by postponing until Dec. 16 consultations with lawmakers that had been expected to result in Khatib being named prime minister on Monday.
Lebanon's president Michel Aoun will hold binding consultations with members of parliament on Thursday to designate the country's next prime minister.
After provocative statements by the president and the killing of a demonstrator by the army, the protest movement is re-energized.
"I am afraid that there are those who want to take our country and generate social, security and political tensions and to take it to civil war," Nasrallah said.