Analysis & Commentary


12th May 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

EU Moving Toward Ban of Hezbollah Military Wing

Benjamin Weinthal

The European Union has moved toward a consensus on outlawing the armed wing of Hezbollah, with its inclusion on the EU terror list slated to take place in late 2013.

9th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria

Tony Badran

It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday...

26th April 2013 - The Huffington Post

HuffPost Live

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran joins a discussion on whether or not the drone reported over Israel was in fact a PR stunt.

26th April 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Drone to Israel: Calculated Adventurism

Tony Badran

On Thursday, Israeli fighter jets shot down a drone off of Haifa’s coastline. The drone, according to a statement from the Israeli military, was identified as it flew north to south along...

25th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Israeli Air Force Intercepts Hezbollah Drone Off Coast of Israel

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this afternoon. The drone, which Israeli officials say belonged to Hezbollah and took off from Lebanon...

24th April 2013 - Quoted by al Arabiya

US Targets Hezbollah’s Financial Arms in Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

A move by the United States to designate two Lebanese exchange agencies as primary money launderers seeks to prevent Hezbollah from abusing the country’s financial system...

22nd April 2013 - The Tower

Europe Has a Serious Hezbollah Problem

Benjamin Weinthal

The legendary World War I British intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence—now forever known as Lawrence of Arabia—once described his commander, Brigadier-General Gilbert Clayton, as being...

18th April 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Protracted Syria War Not in US Interests

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago today, at Iran’s behest and supported by Hafez al-Assad’s regime, Hezbollah attacked the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The embassy bombing, which took place...

17th April 2013 - The Atlantic

In Europe, a Growing Case for Banning Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

In the wake of several recent high-profile cases incriminating Hezbollah in Europe, there are growing cracks in the European Union's policy on the Lebanese terror group.

12th April 2013 - Longitude

Israel Still Stable Amidst the Chaos

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israeli policymakers, much like diplomats, have never been fond of drastic change in their neighborhood. “Better the devil you know…” could be Israel’s foreign policy motto.

11th April 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Iran Uses Lebanese to Project Its Regional Power

Tony Badran

Last week, Saudi Arabia announced that the spy cell it had arrested in March, and which included a reportedly key Lebanese member, had “direct links” to Iranian intelligence.

7th April 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Intelligence Experts Challenge ‘Prisoner X’ Media

Benjamin Weinthal

Two leading experts in the field of Israeli intelligence — Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman — have strongly questioned the veracity of an article last month by German media outlet Der Spiegel, claiming that Ben Zygier...

21st March 2013 - NOW Lebanon

The End of Syria

Tony Badran

Last week marked the second year anniversary of the popular uprising in Syria. On its current trajectory, Syria is headed toward geographical fragmentation. As the security situation deteriorates and Washington...

21st March 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Cyprus Criminal Court Convicts Hezbollah Member

Benjamin Weinthal

A criminal court on Thursday in the city of Limassol convicted Hossam Taleb Yaacoub of membership in a criminal organization. The dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen admitted last month that he was a member...

14th March 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Hezbollah, Jabhat al-Nusra Set for Showdown in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Lebanese have been fearful ever since the civil war erupted next door in Syria that it would spread to their nation and trigger communal fighting within their borders. And with the influx of huge numbers of refugees...

7th March 2013 - NOW Lebanon

A Nifty Conceit: the EU, Hezbollah, and Lebanon

Tony Badran

The Hezbollah bus bombing in Bulgaria as well as their foiled operation in Cyprus have put Europe in an uncomfortable position, as pressure increases on the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

4th March 2013 - Al Jazeera English

Inside Syria

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses rising rumors about the Lebanese Shia group's involvement in Syria's ongoing civil conflict.

28th February 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Iran’s Lebanon Arm

Tony Badran

The recent death of Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) senior officer Hassan Shateri, alias Hessam Khoshnevis, has cast the spotlight on the direct role the IRGC...

26th February 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Dutch FM: EU May Blacklist Hezbollah After Probe

Benjamin Weinthal

The Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans stressed on Monday the Dutch position that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and ought to be banned from European soil. Separately, former Dutch foreign...

21st February 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Middle East Tour d’Horizon

Clifford D. May

Next month, both President Obama and newly minted secretary of state John Kerry head for the Middle East. They should listen to a range of views, see the sights, and pause to smell the hummus. As for policies...

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