Hassan Nasrallah’s speech in Lebanon did not pass without angry reactions. Ashraf Rifi, former chief of the Internal Security Forces, commented on Hezbollah’s recent speech via Twitter, saying that he rejects “the language of the Middle Ages of [accusing] others of treason and infidelity and of threatening them.” This is the rhetoric which Hassan Nasrallah adopted and which he used to bolster the strength of his party in past years. But this rhetoric is not apt for the time being because Hezbollah’s influence is waning.
Misfortunes tend to come all at once and Hezbollah has been afflicted with three misfortunes at the same time - not only in the Arab and Lebanese political arena but also within the Lebanese Shiite community. The first misfortune is the massive exhaustion of its forces in Syria and the second is the emergence of extremist groups confronting it within Lebanon. The Ahmad al-Assir group has become a real problem for Hezbollah - a problem that refuses to disappear. The third and most dangerous misfortune is that Hezbollah will be the first to pay the price of the American-Iranian reconciliation to be sealed during the final agreement that will be signed at a later date. This is why Ahmad al-Hariri, the Future Movement’s secretary-general, was right when he advised Nasrallah to behave modestly as the coming days will be harder than the days of the past. Nasrallah’s party is bleeding in Syria like it’s never bled since its establishment three decades ago and it’s losing more than it lost during its previous confrontations with Israel. The party is still garnering losses.
Misfortunes tend to come all at once and Hezbollah has been afflicted with three misfortunes at the same timeAbdulrahman al-Rashed