Hezbollah

Syria’s historic decision to establish diplomatic relations with Lebanon and an analysis of its implications

On October 14, 2008, Syrian president Bashar Assad issued Decree No 358, ordering the establishment of diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon, and the opening of a Syrian embassy in Lebanon (Syrian News Agency, October 14, 2008).
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Communications and terrorism

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV channel has started broadcasting via an Indonesian satellite, after being taken off a Thai satellite. The Indonesian satellite covers East Asia, China, and Australia. Indonesia is a Muslim country, making it more difficult for the international community to fight the incitement aired by Hezbollah.
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Hezbollah uses its summer camps to indoctrinate youngsters with radical Shi’ite Islamic ideology, which includes: terrorist culture, hatred against Israel, Hassan Nasrallah’s personality cult, the glorification of Hezbollah’s martyrs.

The aim is to prepare the youngsters mentally for supporting Hezbollah and, in due course, for joining the organization.
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The Deterrent Relationship Between Israel and Hezbollah between 1982 and 2006

This study analyzes the mutual deterrent relationship between Israel and Hezbollah as it existed between 1982 and 2006. Its objective is to provide a better understanding of the State of Israel’s deterrent capabilities against terrorist and guerrilla organizations in general, and Hezbollah in particular.
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The Israeli security forces recently detained an Israeli Arab studying medicine in Germany, suspected of having been recruited by Hezbollah and of receiving large sums of money.

The incident shows that Hezbollah regards Israeli Arabs as attractive targets and exploits its overseas networks to them as agents.
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Strong criticism was heard in Lebanon following the celebrations marking the return of Hezbollah’s prisoners, notably Samir Kuntar.

Hezbollah was accused of seeking to establish a radical Islamic country of “resistance” (terrorism) in Lebanon, ruled by Iran and exposed to harsh retaliatory measures from Israel.
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