Can Obama Counter Hizbullah after the Nuclear Deal?

(Huffington Post) Jonathan Schanzer - Hizbullah now has 100,000 rockets - mostly supplied by Iran and many of them with advanced capabilities - pointing at Israel. Hassan Nasrallah, the group's leader, is likely feeling more confident now that sanctions relief granted to Iran through July's nuclear deal is almost certainly going to trickle down to Hizbullah, enabling arms purchases that will make the group that much more formidable. In recent weeks, the White House has handed down financial sanctions against a number of Hizbullah targets. But these designations will do little to constrain Hizbullah's financial flows. At best, they are name and shame operations. It's not as if the Lebanese terror group was about to open bank accounts in Manhattan. The writer is Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2015-10-09 00:00:00

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