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19th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress and the Administration Need to Reinvigorate HIFPA

Tyler Stapleton

Although it signed HIFPA into law, the Obama administration did not fully leverage its provisions. But now Congress and the executive branch have the opportunity to implement the legislation fully and use both HIFPA and all other tools at the disposal of the U.S. government to pursue Hezbollah operatives and financiers around the globe, including in the Western Hemisphere. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Nicholas Blanford - The Christian Science Monitor

Why US may slash military aid to an ally it helped build up in Lebanon

Tony Badran

From the imposing ramparts of a newly constructed military base, fortified by rock-filled blast barriers and an armor-plated watchtower, Lebanese soldiers keep a careful eye on the adjacent border area with Syria, which until not long ago was home to Syrian rebel groups and extremist militants. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Expert Urges Trump to Present Ultimatum to Latin American Governments Over Hezbollah Financing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As Argentina marked on Tuesday the 23rd anniversary of the Iranian-directed bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, a leading expert on the Islamic Republic’s global terror networks urged US President Donald Trump to present Latin American governments with a choice: either cooperate in the fight against Iranian terror financing or face penalties for not doing so. more...

17th July 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The EU Needs to Get Tougher on Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal, Toby Dershowitz

The fifth anniversary of a terror attack in Bulgaria is a chance for the EU to see the group for what it is. more...

17th July 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

French President Macron: “I Share Israeli Concerns on the Arming of Hezbollah in Lebanon”

Jonathan Schanzer

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday denounced the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah’s ongoing military buildup in Lebanon. more...

17th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Threat to the U.S. Homeland Resurfaces

Tyler Stapleton

In an explosive filing by the Department of Justice, two suspected Hezbollah operatives were arrested and charged with material support for the organization on June 8. Their arrests highlight both the seriousness of the Hezbollah threat here at home as well as the need for more aggressive efforts to disrupt the illicit financial networks that Hezbollah has established throughout the Western Hemisphere. more...

13th July 2017 – Quoted by Sean Cronin - Arab News

London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of ‘flip-flopping’ over UK Hezbollah ban

Toby Dershowitz

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been accused of “flip-flopping” over whether Hezbollah should be completely banned in the UK. A spokesman for the mayor’s office told Arab News that he had not called for a total ban on the organization, despite a number of media outlets reporting that Khan had agreed to write to the UK’s home secretary to make such representations during an exchange last week in the London Assembly. more...

13th July 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

New Details Emerge About Hezbollah’s Iran-Built Weapons Factories in Lebanon

Benjamin Weinthal

New details have emerged about underground weapons factories that Iran is building for its proxy group Hezbollah in Lebanon, The Times of Israel reported Monday. more...

12th July 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Iranian Offer to Interpol of ‘Cooperation’ in AMIA Bombing Investigation Just Another Maneuver

Toby Dershowitz

Official Iranian news outlets reported on Wednesday that the Tehran regime has agreed to work with Interpol, the global law enforcement agency, to “resolve” the “dispute” arising from the July 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and hundreds more wounded. more...

11th July 2017 – Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing

Clifford D. May

Foundation for Defense of Democracies founder and president Clifford May speaks with Tim Farley about the probability of a new war between Hezbollah and Israel in the near future. more...

8th July 2017 – Quoted by Emili J. Blasco - ABC International

Obama ordenó dejar de investigar la conexión Venezuela-Hizbolá

David Asher, Emanuele Ottolenghi

La Administración Obama ordenó dejar de investigar los nexos entre Hizbolá, Irán y Venezuela para no entorpecer el acuerdo que internacionalmente se negociaba con Teherán sobre la capacidad nuclear iraní, finalmente alcanzado en julio de 2015. more...

6th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Lebanon’s New Electoral Law Seeks to Preempt U.S. Sanctions on Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The next Congressional bill imposing sanctions on Hezbollah has not even been introduced, but the Lebanese state has already created loopholes to help the terrorist group circumvent U.S. law. more...

4th July 2017 – The Washington Times

The next Middle East war

Clifford D. May

Eleven years ago this month, Israel went to war with Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanon-based Shi’a proxy militia. The fighting began when Hezbollah fired rockets at Israeli villages and missiles at Israeli armored vehicles patrolling the border. Three Israeli soldiers were killed. Two were kidnapped and taken into Lebanon. more...

27th June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Day commemorations highlight Tehran’s global reach

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies abroad on Friday commemorated Qods (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan and established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel. more...

27th June 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah’s Environmental Warriors

Tony Badran

After the second Lebanon war in 2006, when the IDF uncovered the elaborate network of underground Hezbollah tunnels and bunkers in southern Lebanon, the Israelis dubbed these fortifications “nature reserves.” more...

26th June 2017 – Quoted by Jay Weaver - Miami Herald

Paraguayan man linked to Hezbollah faces drug charges in Miami

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A Paraguayan man charged with conspiring to export loads of cocaine to the United States pleaded not guilty in Miami federal court on Monday. more...

23rd June 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Israel to UN: Hezbollah Using Environmental Group to Hide Its Presence in South Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday demanded that the UN Security Council take action against the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is operating in southern Lebanon in violation of Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1701, Ynet reported. more...

23rd June 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) made an announcement that deserves more attention. Two alleged Hizballah operatives had been arrested inside the United States after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization. more...

21st June 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

IDF Chief of Staff: Hezbollah Has Forces in “Every 3rd or 4th House” in Southern Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The IDF’s chief of staff said on Tuesday that the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has a presence in “every third or fourth house” in southern Lebanon, in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the removal of all armed groups from the area. more...

16th June 2017 – The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best. 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?