Lebanon

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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Reactions to the prisoner exchange deal:

Syria, Iran, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority joined Hezbollah’s joyous propaganda campaign, strongly supported by the popular channel Al-Jazeera. On the other hand, the official government-controlled media of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabian played down the issue and in general refrained from praising Hezbollah
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Two years after the second Lebanon war the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were exchanged for five Lebanese prisoners, including the terrorist murderer Samir Kuntar, and 199 terrorist remains.

Hezbollah exploited the exchange to produce a propaganda campaign aiming to strengthen its political position in Lebanon.
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Hezbollah conducted a military exercise in which its operatives stormed a hill representing an IDF outpost.

It is the first military exercise made public since the second Lebanon war, designed to deter Israel and Hezbollah’s opponents in Lebanon and to establish the concept of “resistance” among the Lebanese public.
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Funding terrorism: Hezbollah uses its websites to collect donations

Hezbollah uses its websites to collect donations for itself and for its affiliated institutions in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world. The donations are deposited in bank accounts in Lebanon and Europe.
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened revenge for the killing of Imad Moughnieh by declaring an “open war” on Israel

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened revenge for the killing of Imad Moughnieh by declaring an “open war” on Israel, that is, a war without borders, not limited by time or place. While Iran openly supports and identifies with Hezbollah, Syria is trying to play down its connection to Moughnieh’s killing.
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