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13th November 2016 – Newsweek

Hezbollah Has Effectively Won the Lebanese Presidency

David Daoud

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif arrived in Beirut on Tuesday to congratulate Michel Aoun on his recent election as Lebanon’s president, the highest-ranking foreign official to do so thus far. But few outside of Iran should be celebrating Lebanese democracy’s apparent success. The new occupant of Lebanon’s presidential palace in Baabda is a supporter of the Islamic Republic’s foreign policies and a staunch ally of its Lebanese Shiite proxy, Hezbollah. more...

13th November 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

Muslim father whose son was killed with Israelis in Burgas seeks legal help

Benjamin Weinthal

Son was Bulgarian bus driver slain in 2012 Hezbollah bombing. more...

7th November 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Russian Influence on Hezbollah May Boost Terror Group’s Threat to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Hezbollah has been influenced by Russian forces fighting alongside them in Syria, raising concerns that the Iran-backed terror group will adapt those tactics for use against Israel, Defense News reported Sunday, citing a forthcoming report from the Israeli National Security Council. more...

5th November 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah fighters train Iraqi Shiite militants near Mosul

David Daoud

A video surfaced this week which purports to show Lebanese Hezbollah fighters present on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Mosul. more...

12th October 2016 – Quoted by JP Carroll - The Daily Caller

Miami Banks Held Hezbollah Money For Colombian Drug Lords

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Authorities arrested two men and named a third associated with Hezbollah wanted for cleaning up Colombian cocaine money in Miami banks. more...

6th September 2016 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - UPI

Israel girds for Golan war with Iran, Hezbollah

Amid the carnage of Syria's civil war, well into its sixth year, Is­raeli military chiefs say that Iran and its prized proxy, Hezbollah, are surrepti­tiously seeking to establish a new front in an older conflict, the Iran-backed group's 30-year war against the Jewish state that until recently was waged almost exclusively from neighboring Lebanon. more...

2nd September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

As Predicted by Nuclear Deal Critics, Iran Pours New Cash Into Military

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran will be boosting its military budget using the $1.7 billion it received in January from the U.S. Treasury Department, Foundation for Defense of Democracies associate fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad wrote in a policy brief Thursday, citing Iranian media reports. more...

24th August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Ex-Shin Bet Chief: Hezbollah “Learning to Fight on a Large Scale” in Syria, Threatening Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah is gaining valuable experience while “learning to fight on a large scale” in Syria, a former Shin Bet chief told a visiting delegation of U.S. congressional advisers on Monday, Israel Hayom reported. The warning came just days after Israel uncovered a bag of explosives near the Lebanese border, which security officials believe were smuggled in by Hezbollah. more...

10th August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Watch: Hezbollah Shows Off Drone Strike Capability, Gears Up for Next War

Jonathan Schanzer

Three separate attacks are seen in the video: the first is described as targeting “a [rebel] leader’s base,” the second is against a pickup truck allegedly belonging to unidentified “gunmen,” and the third hits “a gathering of gunmen.” more...

27th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Dem VP Nominee, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge More Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense

Jonathan Schanzer

A bipartisan group of senators has signed a public letter urging the Senate Armed Services Committee to include an additional $320 million for Israeli missile defense systems in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the Pentagon’s annual budget. more...

27th July 2016 – The Cipher Brief

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Latin America, the combination of weak governments, porous borders, widespread corruption, and the lack of adequate legislative tools to combat terror finance creates an ideal environment for transnational organized crime. more...

26th July 2016 – Quoted by Shiri Moshe - The Tower

Retired IDF General: Global Powers Must Act to Ensure Hezbollah Cannot Start Major War

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The international community must use diplomatic and economic efforts to confront Hezbollah before it instigates another conflict with Israel, one that is likely to be much worse than the 2006 Lebanon War, a retired Israeli general said Monday. more...

25th July 2016 – Quoted by Shiri Moshe - The Tower

Ex-Treasury Official: Hezbollah Has Turned Lebanese Villages Into Missile Silos

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran, David Daoud

Hezbollah has embedded its rocket arsenal in villages across Lebanon, ensuring that any Israeli strike on the Iran-backed terrorist group’s military assets will lead to mass civilian casualties, a former Treasury official said on Monday. more...

19th July 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Iran Deploys Hezbollah-Trained Afghan Sniper Brigade in Syria

Amir Toumaj

An Israeli intelligence source confirmed Monday that a new unit of Afghan snipers trained by Lebanese-based Hezbollah and financed by Iran is now operating beyond its northern border on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad. more...

18th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer, David Daoud

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to Israel, but rather its regional clients and proxies. Chief among those was the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. One year later that assessment still held, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot declaring that Hezbollah was the IDF’s “main enemy,” posing “the most serious threat to Israel.” more...

14th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Lebanese Hezbollah training special Afghan Fatemiyoun forces for combat in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to fight in the Syrian Civil War on behalf of Bashar Assad’s government, the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division is comprised of Afghan Shias primarily recruited from the diaspora in Iran, and some from Afghanistan. The Fatemiyoun’s call to jihad is to defend Shia shrines in Syria, particularly the Sayyida Zaynab mosque in Damascus. They are thus referred to as “defenders of the shrine.” more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Josh Wood - The National

Hizbollah sanctions back Lebanon’s banks into a corner

Jonathan Schanzer

When a bomb went off during iftar, residents in Beirut feared a return of the familiar. Was it another suicide bomber from ISIL or Al Qaeda bent on killing innocent civilians, or the assassination of a Lebanese politician? more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the Second Lebanon War

Tony Badran

What a week for anniversaries! Thursday we'll be celebrating the first year of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

10 Years After Second Lebanon War, Israel Concerned Next Round Will Be Far Worse

Tony Badran

On the ten-year anniversary of the beginning of the Second Lebanon War, Israeli officials continued to warn that any future conflict with Hezbollah will result in unprecedented damage to the group. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah find safe haven in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

According to a latest intelligence report, Germany harbours an alarmingly large number of Islamic terror operatives on its soil. Germany is home to about 300 Hamas and 950 Hezbollah members, the annual report of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency — the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — reveals. 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?