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20th April 2017 – Quoted The Tower

Hezbollah Claims Its Threats Forced Israel to Adopt “Defensive” Position

David Daoud

A Hezbollah officer boasted on Thursday that the Iran-backed terror organization had forced Israel to switch “from an offensive to a defensive doctrine,” The Times of Israel reported. more...

7th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Tests Lebanon’s Limits with “Drug Raid”

David Daoud

Armed, masked Hezbollah units carried out an unprecedented police raid Friday night in the Dahiyeh, the extremist group’s south Beirut stronghold. The black-clad militia members targeted what they claimed were a number of drug warehouses. more...

5th April 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Was a Hezbollah Commander Really Killed by His Own Organization?

Tony Badran

Two weeks ago, Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot took the unusual step of confirming claims in the media about the May 13, 2016, killing of Hezbollah military commander, Mustafa Badreddine. more...

29th March 2017 – Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The Algemeiner

Will America’s Inaction in Syria Help Lead to an Israeli-Hezbollah War?

Tony Badran

That’s the question that many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations, including an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah. more...

27th March 2017 – Quoted by Matt Brodsky - The Hill

Prepare for battle: Israel, Hezbollah on the path to war

Tony Badran

That’s the question many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations involving an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah. more...

23rd March 2017 – Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Latest Iranian Threat: Drones in Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is increasing its support for Houthi forces in Yemen through the transfer of new technology and advanced weaponry. That is the conclusion of a new report by Conflict Armament Research, a UK-based organization that identifies and tracks conventional weapons. more...

21st March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Israel carries out two strikes against Assad Regime, Hezbollah targets in Syria

David Daoud

In the wake of threats by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out two strikes against Assad regime and Hezbollah targets in Syria on Sunday and early Monday morning. These latest airstrikes come only two days after an IAF raid on Hezbollah weapons shipments in Palmyra, and seemingly as a response to an attempt by the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) to shoot down the attacking Israeli jets. more...

18th March 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Germany MPS Investigate Pro-Hezbollah Academic Finkelstein

Benjamin Weinthal

In a dramatic widening of an academic antisemitism scandal at the Max Planck Institute for the promotion of lectures delivered by a pro-Hezbollah instructor, German Green Party lawmakers began a parliamentary inquiry on Friday into Dr. Norman Finkelstein’s talks. more...

17th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Israel’s airstrikes in Palmyra likely targeted Hezbollah weapons shipments

David Daoud

Rocket alert sirens sounded in north eastern Israel Thursday night, shortly past midnight. News reports Friday morning revealed that the Israel Air Force had carried out strikes against several targets in the city of Palmyra, the deepest such raid into Syrian territory since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. The rockets that fell in Israel appear to have been Syrian anti-air missiles – likely Russian-made SA-5s – fired at the returning Israeli jets. The target of the strikes looks to have been a weapons shipment to Hezbollah at Palmyra’s T-4 military base. The incident is the most serious clash between Syria and Israel since the Syrian civil war broke out six years ago. more...

17th March 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses Iran and Hezbollah. more...

16th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Morocco Arrests Hezbollah Financier

Tony Badran

Lebanese media reported Tuesday that the tycoon and terror financier Qassem Tajeddin has been apprehended in Morocco before boarding a flight to Beirut. The U.S. Treasury Department designated Tajeddin in 2009 for being “an important financial contributor” to Hezbollah and for operating a number of front companies with his brothers for the group. more...

14th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Has Hezbollah developed a domestic arms industry with Iranian support?

David Daoud

On Saturday, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sources revealed to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida that the IRGC has built weapons factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon and handed them over to the Shiite organization. This comes one week after Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehqan declared that Hezbollah “now possesses the capabilities to build and produce any projectile or missile” capable of reaching any location in Israel. more...

9th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Lebanon’s New Army Chief has History of Coordination with Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Lebanon’s new cabinet announced Staff Brigadier General Joseph Aoun as the new head of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on Wednesday. Aoun, who commanded the 9th Brigade, was a favorite to take the post, and reportedly has the backing of newly-elected President Michel Aoun (no relation), a Hezbollah ally. more...

2nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Lebanon’s Armed Forces and Hezbollah Increasingly Intertwined

Tony Badran

General Joseph Votel of U.S. Central Command reportedly visited Lebanon on Monday and met with top officials to discuss U.S. aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). Votel’s visit followed a separate visit last week by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and a delegation of congressional staff members. Corker went on a tour of the LAF position in the northeastern town of Arsal, near the border with Syria. more...

8th February 2017 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter, Edward Stafford - The Algemeiner

Washington Finally Serious About Designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorists

On Friday, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions on a host of Iranian companies and individuals. It is a welcome development, which hopefully sends a signal to Tehran to rein in its global terror support, ballistic missile testing and oppression of its people. more...

7th February 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Israel Prepares for Possible Hezbollah Naval Commando Attack

The Israel Defense Forces is preparing for a possible Hezbollah incursion using marines and other naval commandos in the country’s north, Ynet reported Monday. more...

3rd February 2017 – The Christian Science Monitor

How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism “from the face of the earth.” A good place to start is Latin America. more...

25th January 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

IDF Adapts Fighting Doctrine in Case of Attack by Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

The Israeli military is adapting its tactics to better prepare for a possible attack by the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, training troops in specialized ground maneuvers and equipping them with the resources necessary to counter Hezbollah’s tunnel capabilities. more...

16th January 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Outrage over German Institute’s Hosting of Pro-Hamas, Hezbollah Speaker

Benjamin Weinthal

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in the city of Halle sparked international criticism because the pro-Hezbollah and allegedly antisemitic activist Norman Finkelstein is slated to hold talks on academia and Gaza on Monday and later in January. more...


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25th July 2016 - 9:15 AM

The Third Lebanon War

This summer marks 10 years since the Second Lebanon War—the longest war experienced by Israel since 1948—which left in its wake severe devastation on both sides of the border. The ceasefire under UN Security Resolution 1701 was broken by Hezbollah almost immediately after its implementation in August 2006. Since then, Hezbollah has been gradually but intensively building itself into a more lethal and dangerous force, with new weapons, training and financing from Iran.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?