Hezbollah and the gullible Arabs

Mohammed Al Shaikh
Mohammed Al Shaikh
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The Russians would not save Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime without Israeli approval. It is widely known that Israel has normal, if not strong, relations with Russia.

Tense relations are neither in Israel nor Russia’s interest. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often travels to Moscow apparently to coordinate the Russian interventions in the Arab region. This clearly suggests that the Russian Federation coordinated with Israel before intervening to save Assad and his regime.

Iran too has strong ties with Russia although these relations have been a little tense recently.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah is the creation of Iran’s velayat-e-faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist). It receives most of its funding from Iran and secures the rest from drug deals across the world.

All these factors destroy the idea that the aim of Hezbollah’s arms is to resist Israel and protect Lebanon’s borders. This aim is often repeated by Lebanese supporters of Hezbollah and even Lebanese President Michel Aoun reiterated this in Cairo.

The Iranians and their product Hezbollah propagate this idea to arm the Shiite militias in Lebanon so it can be used to protect Tehran’s influence and control. It doesn’t make sense for the Lebanese president to throw his support behind Hezbollah and officially adopt militias that take orders from the Guardianship of the Jurist.

Aoun knows for sure that Hezbollah’s arms do not target Israel, as the party’s secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah claims. His statement practically means that any threat made by Hezbollah is an official Lebanese threat. It is widely known that before becoming president, Aoun was Hezbollah’s ally and coordinated with the party. He knows well whom Hezbollah’s true target is.

All these givens indicate the following: First of all, Hezbollah and behind it Iran are on good terms with Israel and each party serves the other. Iran uses its hostility toward Israel as an excuse to serve its interests in the region. Iran’s support of President Assad, and not replacing him with someone else, serves the interests of both, Israel and Iran.

I have no doubt that if Hezbollah threatens Israel’s existence, then Israel can destroy the entire Lebanon, not just Hezbollah, through its intelligence and military power and capability to influence superpowers. Israel’s security and survival is unquestionable, not just for the Americans but for all superpowers.

Arabs, who are especially gullible, have not learnt anything from the history of fake leaders who used the Palestinian cause as an excuse to serve their greed and domination.

An example of these leaders is Saddam Hussein and Gamal Abdel Nasser. Now there is Hassan Nasrallah, and behind them the Iranian regime. All of them exploited the Palestinian cause to achieve their aims. Most Arabs believe the same lie uttered by deceitful leaders. The most recent is the liar and terrorist Hassan Nasrallah, and I don’t think he will be the last.

This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd.

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