Analysis & Commentary


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,...

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...

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...

8th November 2017 - Quoted by Gareth Browne and Victoria Yanl - The Daily Star

US diplomats, security sector blindsided by Hariri resignation

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. security and diplomatic circles were taken by surprise by Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s shock resignation and are now watching the situation closely, analysts said Tuesday.

8th November 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses how the latest from Lebanon ties into Iran and Syria on The John Batchelor Show.

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...

7th November 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Lebanese PM Sa’ad Hariri Cancels His Deal With the Devil, Leaving Lebanon in the Hands of Iran

Tony Badran

On Saturday, Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia. In the speech, Hariri cited Iran’s control of Lebanon through Hezbollah as the reason for stepping down. Hezbollah, Hariri said, “has come to control the seams of the state...

7th November 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What the political turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this?

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.

7th November 2017 - Quoted by Adam Abrams - Jewish News Service

Shake-up in Lebanon underscores Hezbollah’s ‘domination’ of Israel’s neighbor

Tony Badran

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sudden resignation last weekend underscores the rising power of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group in Israel’s northern neighbor, political leaders and Mideast experts said.

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.

5th November 2017 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - The Daily Beast

One of World’s Richest Men Arrested as 32-Year-Old Saudi Crown Prince Tightens Grip

Tony Badran

Dozens of prominent Saudi princes, ministers, and businessmen, including the flamboyant billionaire investor Prince al-Waleed bin Talal have been arrested on corruption charges.

1st November 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Hizballah Tightens Its Grip on Lebanon as U.S. Policy Remains Confused

Tony Badran

As part of its recently announced strategy for confronting Iran, the White House declared its commitment to “supporting legitimate state institutions in Lebanon” and to exposing the “nefarious behavior” of the Iranian proxy Hizballah in order to help bring about its loss of...

29th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah-Affiliated Football Team Hires German Biologist As Coach

Benjamin Weinthal

A former German soccer player and biologist, Robert Jaspert, has been hired as the new head coach of the Hezbollah-backed Lebanese football team Al-Ahed.

27th October 2017 - Tablet Magazine

American Policy in Lebanon Isn’t Policy. It’s Poetry.

Tony Badran

And if we want to get serious about fighting Hezbollah, we should start by insisting on the following benchmarks

10th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department offers rewards for 2 Hezbollah leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that it is offering rewards for information concerning the whereabouts of two senior Hezbollah operatives. One of the two, Talal Hamiyah, is the head of Hezbollah's External Security Organization, which oversees worldwide terrorist plots. The other, Fuad...

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Bryant Harris - Al-Monitor

Congress takes aim at Lebanese politicians with Hezbollah bill Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com

Congress is moving ahead with a Hezbollah sanctions bill that targets the Iran-backed Shiite militia’s allies in government, sending shock waves across Lebanon’s political elite.

15th September 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

The U.S. Can Best Restrain Hizballah by Pressuring Beirut

Tony Badran

While Hizballah might now be too involved in Syria to desire conflict with Israel, writes Tony Badran, it is only a matter of time before the organization decides to turn its attention southward.

12th September 2017 - The Cipher Brief

Get Tough on Beirut to Rein in Hezbollah Threat

Tony Badran

Hezbollah – an Iran-backed militia that controls southern Lebanon – boasts a medium-sized army and a whopping arsenal of up to 150,000 rockets and missiles. Since 2011, much of that army has been engaged in Syria supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. While this has...

30th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran any Behnam Ben Taleblu joins the John Batchelor Show to discuss the possibility of another war between Israel and Hezbollah.

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