Assad’s forces, Hezbollah prepare for Iranian-Israeli confrontation in Syria

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Syrian regime and Hezbollah have begun military preparations in Quneitra’s countryside amid fears that Daraa and Quneitra will turn into an arena for an Israeli-Iranian confrontation. Activists said regime forces and Hezbollah fighters stationed in several areas in Quneitra’s countryside are on security alert. They’ve been arming with heavy weapons and monitoring the area 20 kilometers off the borders with the Occupied Golan Heights. According to analysts there are four ...

Tillerson: Growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday Hezbollah’s growing arsenal and its involvement in regional conflicts threatened the security of Lebanon. He said that Hezbollah "is a terrorist organization" and there is no distinction between its political and military wings." He stressed that "Hezbollah has increased the conflict in Syria and the region" and it must stop its activities abroad. Tillerson, in a Beirut news conference, also urged Lebanese ...

Tillerson considers Hezbollah as ‘part of political process’ in Lebanon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the “political process” in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washington’s tone ahead of a visit to the country. “We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This is influence that we think is unhelpful in Lebanon’s long-term future,” Tillerson said at a press conference in Jordan. “We ...

Syria and Lebanon: Confusion and mixed signals

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Several developments took place in the Arab World last week, reflecting the danger behind misreading both regional and international changes. That has been especially the case in Syria and Lebanon, where local players have been confused in reading the situations and positioning themselves… from Sochi to Beirut!To begin, the Syrian opposition was shocked by the UN’s official endorsement of the ‘Sochi Conference’ against the background of clear Russian ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Israel says Iran and Syria ‘playing with fire,’ warns Hezbollah must withdraw

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Israel's military said Saturday Iran and Syria were "playing with fire" but that it was not seeking an escalation after a confrontation resulted in large-scale Israeli air strikes in Syria. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus made the comments after Saturday's confrontation, the most serious between arch foes Israel and Iran since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. Meanwhile, Israel's ambassador to Moscow said on Saturday Iranian-backed Hezbollah units and Shiite ...

Iranian Ayatollah’s visit to Israel-Lebanon border with Hezbollah causes uproar

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A picture has surfaced showing a famous Iranian Ayatollah, al-Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi, who is also a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts and is expected to be Ali Khamenei’s successor, visiting the border between Israel and southern Lebanon on a military tour. In the picture, Raisi, 58, is surrounded by Hezbollah military commanders and Iranian officers whose faces have been blurred. It was taken during his visit to Lebanon last week and published by the Jerusalem Post who did not give ...

French minister says all Iranian militia, including Hezbollah, must leave Syria

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that all Iranian militia, including Hezbollah, must leave Syria, whose civil war has thrown the Middle East into turmoil. Asked in an interview on BFM TV whether he wanted Turkish armed forces to withdraw from Syria, Le Drian replied that he wanted: “The withdrawal of all of those who ought not to be in Syria, including Iranian militia, including Hezbollah.” The minister said that “all indications” suggest that ...

On the state of shock for Christians in Lebanon

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The confrontation that recently erupted between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement in Lebanon exposed the disharmony between allies, which has existed ever since the FPM joined the so-called March 8 coalition, or the resistance coalition which is led by Hezbollah and which was formed in 2005 when the Syrian army exited Lebanon. According to the Memorandum of Understanding, signed between Hezbollah and the FPM which was then led by Michel Aoun in February 2006, the FPM would accept ...

Ali Al-Amin

The painful reality of ruins of Lebanon

Monday, 5 February 2018

In the last few days I have “suddenly” received many calls from Lebanese media and various public figures, inquiring about the future of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. I sighed as I recalled my memories of Lebanon and compared to what was happening then and what is happening today on the ground. I went to Al-Murooj and Barmana School, where I learned about the science, methods and personalities that left an important impact on my life. In the suburb of Beirut, our ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Lebanon’s elections: Effective majority despite the contrary

Saturday, 3 February 2018

From now until elections day scheduled for next May, the Lebanese have to endure loud diatribes and vocal misrepresentations on TV channels, while concealing the real intentions. To begin with, an electoral system based on Proportional Representations (PR) is the last thing Lebanon needed, given its tribalism sectarianism and political schizophrenia. This system is alien in a country where religious sectarianism is now institutionalized, and has permeated parliament as well as all positions of ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

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