What will the situation of the Lebanese state be if Hezbollah manages to cobble a majority in parliamentary elections?
On May 12, US President Donald Trump will announce his new strategy on Iran by deciding on the flawed Iranian nuclear deal.
In brief, Trump has repeatedly warned about “amending” the agreement or scrapping it altogether.
The amendment addresses two major threats which former President Barack Obama neglected, which are related to Iran’s ballistic missiles’ capabilities and the prevention of Iran’s bad behavior in the region, i.e. in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and even Morocco — where Iran’s “blessings” have reached through its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah!
There is in fact a new version of the US draft law on combating the financing of Hezbollah. The US Congress passed this draft law last year but the Senate hasn’t voted on it yet and it hasn’t reached the American president’s office.
Combating Hezbollah’s financial activity is part of the US legal and oversight framework, as is the case with other countries, and not just with Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates as the “resistance” mouthpieces try to make everyone think.
Lebanon’s politicians may have succeeded in “postponing” the Hezbollah problem but this does not mean they have ended it.Mashari Althaydi
Trump’s anticipated stance on the Iranian issue will serve as a decisive moment and Iran’s leaders know this well.
In an analysis on Iran’s response to Trump’s anticipated storm, journalist Amir Taheri quoted Hossein Mousavi whom he described as a leader of political lobbying groups in support of the Islamic Republic in the US as saying: “In the case of the conflict with the US, Iran will do anything, anything at all, to have the upper hand.”
Commenting on the phrase “anything” which this Iranian activist said, Taheri wrote: “Tehran can order the Lebanese party Hezbollah to kidnap more hostages in other parts of the Middle East, like they did in the 1980s and 1990s.”
The story is true. Lebanon’s politicians may have succeeded in “postponing” the problem but this does not mean ending it.
Hezbollah is a genuine “part” of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and the latter is the first target in the American-Arab-Islamic confrontation.
At the same time, Hezbollah is present at the heart of the Lebanese system, in the core of the army, security, political and parliamentary institutions so how will Lebanon, the state, be safe from the blows that will hit the body of the terrorist Khomeini?
This is the question.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.