Lebanon

Hezbollah Involvement in the Syrian Civil War

Issued on 04/06/2013 Type Article
For Iran and Hezbollah, the preservation of Bashar Assad's regime is of supreme strategic importance.
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Terrorism in Cyberspace: Hezbollah's Internet Network*

Issued on 04/03/2013 Type Article
For Hezbollah, its cyberspace presence is of great importance, and is considered by both Hezbollah and Iran as an important weapon in the battle for hearts and minds.
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Hezbollah: Portrait of a Terrorist Organization

Issued on 29/11/2012 Type Base document
Hezbollah has a 30-year history of terrorist activity in Lebanon, the Middle East and around the globe, directed against Israel, the Jewish people, the United States and the West, pro-Western Arab states and Hezbollah's enemies in Lebanon.
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Iranian-sponsored Jerusalem Day events were poorly attended this year and received little media coverage.

Issued on 02/09/2012 Type Article
Speeches were exploited for vicious anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish and anti-American incitement and to deter Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations.
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The Road to the First Lebanon War by Dr. Reuven Erlich (Col. Ret.)*

Issued on 08/07/2012 Type Article
The aim of this paper is to examine the processes that led to the First Lebanon War, the role played by Lebanese domestic and foreign actors in the road to war, and the unique nature of the war. At the end of the paper I will attempt to provide a brief commentary on the aims, results, and lessons of the war from my own point of view.
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Hezbollah as the strategic long arm of the Iranian regime

Issued on 17/06/2012 Type Article
Khamenei's security advisor has called Hezbollah's leader a "soldier" of the Supreme Leader. Thus, he says, in an Iranian-Israeli confrontation, Hezbollah will fire its rockets at Israeli cities.
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Information on Lebanon
Lebanon is a small country with a population of only about 4.1 million, gaining independence from France in 1943. Lebanon borders on Israel in the south and Syria in the east and north. Due to Lebanon's varied ethnic composition, its history is rife with schisms, conflicts and civil wars based on sectarian allegiances. Since its independence Lebanon has had a unique political system of ethnic distribution with a parliamentary democracy based on ethnic-sectarian-religious representation. The most important offices are divided among the various religious groups, in accordance with the national charter of 1943.
Lebanon's social complexity, the weakness of its central government and the social and economic gaps between the various ethnic groups led to the rise of many armed sectarian-political militias, some of which turned to terrorism. The most prominent Shi'ite terrorist organization in Lebanon is Hezbollah, which was founded in the summer of 1982 during the First Lebanon War. It is not only a terrorist organization which owes its allegiance to the Iranian regime, it has also been incorporated into the Lebanese political system.
Lebanon has traditionally served as an arena for foreign forces, both Middle Eastern and international. Today the intervention of Syria and Iran are most conspicuous; they provide Hezbollah in Lebanon with weapons, ammunition, financing and military training, and direct its activities. Since the Second Lebanon War (2006) the border between Israel and Lebanon has been relatively quiet, a situation exploited by Hezbollah to advance its military buildup in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.