Hizbullah's Bulgaria Problem

(Al Arabiya) Joyce Karam - The Burgas probe comes at a tumultuous time for Hizbullah. The party's popularity has declined in the last few years due to divisive policies, accusations from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as well as continued support for the Assad regime in Syria. Reports on Hizbullah sending fighters into Syrian territory to help the government have not sat well on the Arab street, draining most of the capital that the party acquired fighting Israel. Today, Hizbullah is seen more as a Lebanese proxy for Iran, one whose performance in the Lebanese government since 2005 is as non-transparent and as corrupt as the rest of the Lebanese political class. Its designation by the EU as a terrorist organization will weaken the party's infrastructure and subject it to more scrutiny in Lebanon. The writer is the Washington correspondent for Al-Hayat.

2013-02-07 00:00:00

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