The Latest - Hezbollah

Hezbollah Latest Mentions

28th December 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Lebanese Foreign Minister Under Fire For Saying Israel Should Live in Security

Tony Badran

Lebanon’s foreign minister has come under fire from other members of the government for saying in an interview earlier this week that “we are not against Israel living in security,” Reuters reported Thursday. more...

28th December 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Did Obama Ignore Hezbollah to Secure the Iran Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

“The debate you’re seeing is political,” Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies tells me on a call Wednesday afternoon. “The Obama administration made a pivot in the Middle East towards Iran, which involved relinquishing a number of well-established policies that the United States had pursued in previous decades-- taking the United States in unchartered territories.” more...

26th December 2017 – Resumen de Noticias

Prófugos vinculados a gigantesca red de financiamiento terrorista

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Agosto de 2016. Un hombre de ascendencia libanesa es detenido en el Aeropuerto Guaraní, de Ciudad del Este -en la zona conocida como la Triple Frontera entre Paraguay, Brasil y Argentina-, mientras intentaba enviar 39 kilos de cocaína escondidos en rollos de papel film. El destino final de la carga era Turquía. more...

26th December 2017 – Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah Scandal Perfect Timing for Trump Administration

Jonathan Schanzer

An explosive and controversial report alleging the Obama administration soft-pedalled investigations into Hezbollah’s drugs and weapons trade due to the desire to get the Iran deal done is making waves in Washington. It could have major ramifications for the region as well, particularly because the Trump administration has Hezbollah in its crosshairs. more...

25th December 2017 – Quoted by Heshmat Alavi - Alarabiya

ANALYSIS: How to tackle Obama’s ‘cover up’ of the Hezbollah drug scandal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Long ago I wrote explaining how Congress is taking the lead on Iran policy. Recently, major developments involving the United States, Iran and the entire Middle East have placed the powerful US legislative body before obligations in the face of arguably the world’s most dangerous regime. more...

21st December 2017 – Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

Feds: Hezbollah Recruited American to Be Sleeper Agent

Jonathan Schanzer

When U.S. authorities allegedly discovered a Bronx man with terror training checking out potential targets in New York, they might have assumed he was inspired by ISIS. more...

20th December 2017 – The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Trump Administration Needs to Target Hezbollah’s Drug Smuggling

Jonathan Schanzer

In the wake of a report earlier this week that the Obama administration ended an investigation into Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking operations in the Western Hemisphere in order to secure the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a former United States Treasury Department official outlined steps that the Trump administration could take to effectively combat Hezbollah’s narcotics empire, in an op-ed published Monday in the New York Post. more...

20th December 2017 – InfoBae

Miami Dade solicitó al gobierno de Donald Trump investigar a empresas radicadas en Florida con presu

Emanuele Ottolenghi

La Comisión del condado de Miami Dade aprobó este miércoles una resolución en la que llama al gobierno de Donald Trump a actuar para impedir la recaudación o el lavado de fondos por parte del grupo terrorista libanés Hezbollah e investigar a compañías del sur de Florida sospechosas de financiar a movimientos extremistas. more...

19th December 2017 – Haaretz

Ex-CIA Adviser Denies Report That Obama Thwarted anti-Hezbollah Operation to Save Iran Deal

David Asher

A former CIA adviser denied a Politico report in a series of tweets on Tuesday, calling it "a grand conspiracy led by Hezbollah." According to the Monday report, the Obama administration thwarted a covert operation against the militant Lebanese group in order to save the Iran nuclear deal. more...

18th December 2017 – Quoted by Jay Weaver - The Miami Herald

Fugitive who ran internet scams in South Florida linked to terror group Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Once convicted of setting up phony companies to deposit stolen checks at local banks, Roda Taher fled South Florida for the Middle East to avoid prison time. more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Hariri: Lebanon “Cannot Do Anything about” Hezbollah

Tony Badran

After returning to Lebanon following his resignation earlier this month, later rescinded, in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Hezbollah was a regional problem and that his nation “cannot do anything about it.” more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

The Beirut Echo Chamber

Tony Badran

Donald Trump may have divided America, destroyed the mainstream of the Democratic Party and split the GOP, but he’s unifying the Middle East. Or at least Iran. According to The New York Times’ man in Tehran, Thomas Erdbrink, Trump has whipped Iranians of every class, ethnicity, and political tendency into a nationalist fervor. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Hezbollah continues ‘absolute dominance’ of Lebanon amid domestic political crisis

Tony Badran

The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which makes up part of Lebanon’s government and has a strong military force that threatens neighboring Israel, is seemingly unaffected by the status of embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Sean Durns - The Daily Caller

Don’t Be Alarmed But The Next War In The Middle East Is Brewing

Tony Badran

The next war in the Middle East is brewing. Yet some policymakers and pundits are missing the buildup and, in some cases, missing the battle lines. Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanese-based Shi’ite terror group is preparing to go to war with Israel — once again. more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Elliott Abrams - The Weekly Standard

Riyadh Realpolitik

Tony Badran

What are the Saudis trying to do in Lebanon? They have clearly forced the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Do they want to destabilize the country? Destroy its government? Is the new Saudi approach another example of the often-alleged incompetence and overreach of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman? Does it show, once again, that he is in over his head? more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Military Aid Fueling Hezbollah’s Next War Against Israel

Tony Badran

U.S. officials have become increasingly concerned that American military aid to the Lebanese army is arming the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which has been amassing a large cache of advanced arms on Israel's border, according to multiple current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. more...

15th November 2017 – Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Is The US Supporting Iranian-Backed Militias In Iraq?

Jonathan Schanzer

Crossed alliances have brought forth new tensions in the US fight against ISIS - and the effort to quell Iranian influence from spreading across the region. more...

9th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Irony is Dead: Rouhani Blasts Saudi Arabia for Interfering in Lebanon’s Internal Politics

Tony Badran

Speaking about Saturday’s resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani blasted Saudi Arabia for what he called its “unprecedented” meddling in Lebanese politics, charging that it had forced Hariri to step down, Iran’s semi-official PressTV news reported Wednesday. more...

8th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Hariri’s Resignation Shows that “Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah”

Tony Badran

Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister of Lebanon and his denunciation of Iran and its client, Hezbollah, for coming “to control the seams of the state and has the final and decisive say in the affairs of Lebanon and the Lebanese,” was an acknowledgment that “Lebanon is an Iranian satrapy run by Hezbollah,” an expert on Lebanon wrote Wednesday in Tablet magazine. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lebanese PM’s Resignation Magnifies Congressional Scrutiny of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister over the weekend is heightening congressional scrutiny of Hezbollah's wide-ranging influence in the country, with a top lawmaker calling on the Trump administration to reassess military assistance. more...


Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Vice President

John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Tony Badran

Research Fellow


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?