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Is Hezbollah now in charge of Lebanon, and what does it mean for Israel?


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/is_hezbollah_now_in_charge_of_lebanon_and_what_does_it_mean_for_israel_2011

With Lebanon in turmoil and a Hezbollah-backed prime minister poised to take power in Beirut, Israel is concerned at the prospect of a tectonic shift in the regional balance. For the moment, however, Israeli officials do not expect Lebanon’s political turmoil to trigger a new round of fighting on the Israel-Lebanon border. The primary strategic concern of Hezbollah’s ascent is the potential spread and strengthening of Iranian influence in the region. The so-called Shiite Crescent stretches from Tehran to Shiite-ruled Iraq, through Shiite-friendly Syria and into Lebanon, where Hezbollah, Iran’s Shiite proxy, is now in power. This extension of Iran’s influence poses a serious threat to Israel from both the east and the north.

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