Stormy Weather Ahead for Hizbullah

(Jewish Chronicle-UK) Benedetta Berti - Despite Hizbullah's repeated reassurances, it seems that the actual level of popular and political support for the group is not as solid as Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah would like us to believe. Nasrallah's continuing support for the Assad regime has been widely criticized, both within Lebanon as well as regionally. Political commentators and pundits - especially in Lebanon and within the Gulf - have publicly denounced Hizbullah's support for the Assad regime. With Assad gone, Hizbullah could lose both political backing as well as logistical and operational assistance. Hizbullah may have a hard time building good relations with the same Syrian opposition forces that it earlier accused of being on the American and Israeli payroll. A regime change in Syria might also provide a powerful second-wind to the forces of Lebanon's "Cedar Revolution" of spring 2005. The writer is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.

2011-12-22 00:00:00

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