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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...

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...


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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?