Hezbollah

Hezbollah is a radical Shiite militant group based in Lebanon, headed by Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, that has been waging a guerilla campaign against Israel since the 1980s. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, Canada, the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Its military wing is designated by the United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union. One of Hezbollah's key goals is the elimination of the State of Israel and the group has found itself in regular conflict with Israel since 1982, including during the First Lebanon War and the 2006 Lebanon War. The First Lebanon War, otherwise known as the South Lebanon conflict, started in 1985 and ended with Israeli withdrawal in 2000. 559 Israeli soldiers were killed and 840 wounded during the conflict and more than 1,200 Hezbollah militants were killed and approximately 1,000 wounded. The 2006 Lebanon War began on 12 July 2006 when Hezbollah militants launched a cross-border attack on Israeli troops, killing three and kidnapping two IDF soldiers. The five-week conflict saw 121 IDF soldiers killed and 1,244 wounded. 44 Israeli civilians were killed during the war as a result of Hezbollah rocket and mortar fire. Israel claims that between 600 and 800 Hezbollah militants were killed during the conflict, in addition to at least 1,000 Lebanese and foreign civilians. The remains of the two seized Israeli soldiers, whose fates were unknown, were returned to Israel as part of a prisoner exchange in July 2008. Hezbollah has also planned and carried out major terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens and infrastructure outside of Israel. In 2012, five Israeli citizens were killed in a bus bombing attack in Burgas, Bulgaria. More recently, Hezbollah has played a key role in the Syrian Civil War alongside the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad, committing thousands of fighters to operations led by the Syrian army. Its role in the Syrian Civil War has increased sectarian tensions in Lebanon, with members being targeted by Sunni militants in the country. Hezbollah has close relations with Iran, often being described as an Iranian proxy group. Reports suggest that Hezbollah has been the recipient of Iranian weaponry, including missiles capable of striking many of Israel’s key population centers. Thousands of Hezbollah’s militants have undergone training in Iran on a variety of warfare types. Hezbollah also receives considerable financial and political support from Iran. Some estimate that Iran receives approximately $200 million in Iranian aid annually. It is believed that Hezbollah widely fundraises and money launders through global drug networks to finance its operations. The group is one of two main parties politically representing Lebanon’s Shiite Muslim community, alongside the Amal Movement, in the Parliament of Lebanon. Hezbollah currently holds 14 of the 128 seats in the parliament, forming part of the Resistance and Development Bloc. Parliamentary elections are set to take place in May 2018. The group's manifesto since inception has preached for the elimination of the State of Israel. The organization is responsible, among other things, for the 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Argentina, the 2012 Burgas bus bombing against Israeli citizens, and for the kidnapping of several Israeli soldiers.

Erdan shows UNSC map of Hezbollah activity, demands immediate action

Gilad Erdan's letter indicated that not only was Hezbollah never disarmed, but that the terrorist organization "uses human shields to protect its arsenal of more than 130,000 rockets."

Is Hezbollah’s ammonium nitrate linked to plot against Jews in Argentina?

Ammonium nitrate has been used by Hezbollah and was also the cause of the Beirut blast this summer.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem dies at age 79

Walid al-Moalem held a succession of top diplomatic posts, including envoy to the United States and was involved in unsuccessful negotiations with Israel in the 1990s on a peace settlement.

By REUTERS
16/11/2020
Israel: Bulgaria must recognize Hezbollah in entirety as terror group

The European Union has Hezbollah’s military wing, but not its political wing on its terror list.

American sanctions target major Hezbollah ally in Lebanon

US envoy says Gebran Bassil offered to drop partnership with Shi’ite group, though former FM denies it.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
12/11/2020
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech
Nasrallah: Stay alert for US, Israeli 'folly' for the rest of Trump's term

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called Trump's administration "among the worst, if not the worst" in the US.

By REUTERS
11/11/2020
Hezbollah and Syrian flags are seen fluttering in Fleita, Syria, 2017
Hezbollah presence in south Syria much larger than previously revealed

New report by the ALMA Research and Education Center locates 58 sites belonging to group's Southern Command and Golan Project.

Hezbollah drone downed by IDF on Lebanon border

The drone identified remained under IDF surveillance during the incident and did not pose danger to IDF troops or nearby civilian areas.

ANTI-ISRAEL SIGNS sit on a field after an anti-Israel rally in London
SWC and CAA 'disappointed' Zionism slur ruled 'not antisemitism'

He chanted "Free, free Palestine. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

By SARAH BEN-NUN
08/11/2020
Biden's not Trump, but he won't let Israel's security be compromised

His 1973 meeting with then Prime Minister Golda Meir was one of his most "consequential meetings" ever. He's been a friend to Israel since.

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