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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...

12th January 2017 – Newsweek

Hezbollah’s Latest Conquest: Lebanon’s Cabinet

David Daoud

In late December, Lebanon’s parliament swore in a new cabinet dominated by Hezbollah and its partners in the pro-Syrian March 8 Alliance. For the Shiite group, this was a political victory even greater than the selection of its ally, former general Michel Aoun, for the presidency two months earlier. Lebanon is unusual in that its cabinet is by law the country’s executive authority, more powerful than the president, prime minister or parliament. Holding the cabinet will tighten Hezbollah’s grip on Beirut, as its pro-Western opposition in the March 14 Alliance continues to dissolve. more...

10th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US adds 2 senior Hezbollah members to terrorism list

David Daoud

The US State Department listed Ali Da’amoush and Mustafa Mughniyeh, both members of Hezbollah’s senior leadership, as specially designated global terrorists today. The designation sanctions individuals who have either carried out terrorist attacks against the United States or who pose a significant threat of to its national security. more...

10th January 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Secret UN Report: Iran May Have Violated Arms Embargo, Sent Weapons to Hezbollah

In one of his final acts in office on December 30, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a confidential report to the UN Security Council alleging that Iran may have violated an international arms embargo by smuggling weapons to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, Reuters reported Sunday. more...

9th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

PMF deputy commander Muhandis details Hezbollah ops in Iraq

David Daoud

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), gave an in-depth interview last week with the pro-Iranian, pan-Arab satellite television channel Al Mayadeen, in which he confirmed the presence of Lebanese Hezbollah in Iraq. In the interview, Muhandis said that there was a “very good” relationship between his PMF and Hezbollah, carried out with “the knowledge and agreement” of the Iraqi government. He said that both Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Haidar al-Abadi were aware of the relationship from the outset, “down to the minute details.” more...

23rd December 2016 – Foreign Policy

To Combat Illegal Immigration, Trump Should Target Latin America’s Hezbollah-Narco Nexus

Emanuele Ottolenghi, John Hannah

President-elect Donald Trump staked much of his successful campaign on stopping illegal immigration. Yet the flow of migrants is symptomatic of a much larger danger to U.S. security that is rapidly gathering on our southern doorstep. more...

22nd December 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

US Refutes Israeli Claims of Lebanese APC Transfers to Hizbollah

Tony Badran

The US government is refuting Israeli assessments that US-supplied troop carriers to Lebanon have made their way to Hizbollah forces operating in Syria on behalf of the Bashar Assad regime. more...

21st December 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Israel Claims Suggest Lebanese Violation of US Export Law

Tony Badran

A senior Israeli defense official on Wednesday confirmed what US experts had been questioning for more than a month: that US troop carriers provided by Washington to Beirut are being operated by Hizbollah in Syria in support of the Bashar Assad regime, which experts note as a violation of export controls. more...

8th December 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Israeli Defense Minister Suggests Hezbollah Was Smuggling Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel is working hard to keep chemical weapons out of the hands of the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told a Knesset committee Thursday. more...

7th December 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Liberman Acknowledges Strikes on Syria, Pledges to Deprive Hezbollah of Advanced Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman acknowledged his country’s recent airstrikes against Syrian targets, saying in an address to European Union ambassadors on Wednesday that the strikes were meant to prevent Hezbollah from receiving “advanced weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction.” more...

6th December 2016 – Newsweek

A Donald Trump Anti-ISIS Campaign That Spares Assad Would Only Empower Hezbollah

David Daoud

In late October, Hezbollah scored an achievement by pushing through its favored candidate, Michel Aoun, to the Lebanese presidency. Six thousand miles away, the group now stands to indirectly benefit from the results of another election: America’s. more...

28th November 2016 – The Hill

Sanctions against Hezbollah in Latin America too often limited

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Sanctions against terror financiers are believed to be among the most effective tools the U.S. government has in its economic warfare arsenal. more...

21st November 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Israel Fortifies Northern Defenses Against Future Hezbollah Attacks

Jonathan Schanzer

The Israeli army is bolstering the country’s northern defenses in anticipation of future attacks from the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, Haaretz reported Sunday. more...

18th November 2016 – Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

Week in Review—Oberlin Ousts Anti-Semitic Professor; Hezbollah Rising; Israeli Tech Takes Off

David Daoud

The recent election of Michel Aoun as president of Lebanon has one again raised concerns about the intentions of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which had prevented the election of anyone other than Aoun for the post. more...

14th November 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Lebanese Army Is Misusing U.S. Aid

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, pictures of a Hezbollah parade in the Syrian city of Qusayr showed Hezbollah fighters using American-made M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs). more...

14th November 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: What can be done about Europe’s listless pursuit of Hezbollah terrorists?

Benjamin Weinthal

After murdering five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver in 2012, two Hezbollah operatives who were put on trial in absentia on Thursday at a Sofia court remain secure in Lebanon. The lethargy surrounding the efforts to capture the two mirrors the glacial-like pace of the trial. more...

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...

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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?