Analysis & Commentary


3rd May 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah chief’s censored speech reaffirms group as Tehran’s arm in Lebanon

Amir Toumaj

In March, an Iran state-affiliated media outlet inappropriately published a speech by Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. The speech was a private – candid – address to an Iranian audience in Beirut in the same month.

9th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force chief: Israel’s destruction the blood debt of Hezbollah commander’s death

Amir Toumaj

Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, addressed last month a commemoration held in Iran for slain Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh (AKA Hajj Radwan).

13th December 2017 - The Tower

Expert: To Prevent Next Israel-Hezbollah War, World Must Enforce Resolution 1701

In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Daniel Schwammenthal, the director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, has warned that failure to confront Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah over its violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will make a...

12th December 2017 - Hoover Institution

The Limits of the Indirect Approach

Tony Badran

In October 2017, the Trump administration rolled out its long-anticipated policy to counter Iranian expansionism in the region. The policy pays significant attention to Hezbollah, Iran’s principal instrument of regional power projection. After eight years of American courtship of Iran,...

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After returning to Lebanon following his resignation earlier this month, later rescinded, in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Hezbollah was a regional problem and that his nation “cannot do anything about it.”

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...

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.

22nd November 2017 - Quoted by Bennett Seftel - The Cipher Brief

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Game of Thrones’ In Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

The sudden resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister during his trip to Riyadh earlier this month raised suspicions about whether Saudi Arabia facilitated Hariri’s departure as part of its broader strategy to counter Iran’s expanding influence across the Middle East. This...

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.

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