Analysis & Commentary


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...

20th February 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Hezbollah is Acting Just As It Always Has

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and Iran are coordinating closely to keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. Hezbollah fighters continue to die in the Syrian civil war as the Syrian opposition claimed on Monday that 43 were killed...

15th February 2013 - The National Interest

Why Doesn’t Europe Think Hezbollah Is a Terror Group?

Benjamin Weinthal

The rift over counterterrorism strategy between the United States and its trans-Atlantic partners will likely be on display next week in Brussels, where European foreign ministers are slated to discuss the Bulgarian...

15th February 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Iran and Israel Fight, Lebanon Loses

Tony Badran

It’s been more than two weeks since the Israeli airstrike in Syria against the arms convoy headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Bits of information, coupled with ominous warnings, are coming out from Jerusalem...

14th February 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

Possiblity of the Israelis launching another war in Lebanon.

11th February 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Israel on Alert

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Israeli officials have indicated that the Jewish state is gearing up for a major “war with Lebanon,” according to sources close to the Israeli government. The Israeli military has reportedly...

11th February 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Winds of War in Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

Multiple sources suggest that the winds of war are blowing to Israel’s north, and that such a war could erupt very soon. Lebanese parliamentarian Jean Ogassapian of the Future Bloc issued a warning...

8th February 2013 - Quoted by Michael Weiss, World Affairs Journal

Assessing Israel’s Strike on Syria

Tony Badran

Last week saw what might have been the first incursion by Israeli warplanes into Syria airspace in six years. The strike took place on Wednesday (January 30th), and by week’s end, unnamed US and Israeli...

8th February 2013 - Quoted by Ana Maria Luca, NOW Lebanon

EU Hesitant to Blacklist Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

Three men of Lebanese origin carrying Western passports traveled from Beirut to Warsaw, Poland, and then took the train to Sofia, Bulgaria. On July 18, 2012, one of them, who was carrying a backpack...

7th February 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Hollow Praise for the LAF

Tony Badran

On Monday, the US ambassador to Lebanon, Maura Connelly, called the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and expressed condolences for the officers killed or injured in last week’s raid...

3rd February 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Unlikely Peacemakers

Conventional political wisdom has long held that the Palestinian issue is the key to the Middle East. Yet as Elliott Abrams points out in "Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,"...

1st February 2013 - The Globe and Mail

If Iran and Israel Fight, Lebanon Will Be the First Battlefield

Jonathan Schanzer

“Do you remember South Lebanon? All of Lebanon is now South Lebanon.” These were the words of a senior Israeli official in a closed-door meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday, just hours before Israel warplanes...

31st January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Free Hand

Tony Badran

Yesterday, reports emerged of an Israeli airstrike against a truck convoy suspected of carrying “game changing” weapons systems from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. While previous reports had mainly...

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