Hezbollah

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Hezbollah

A Shi'a Muslim political party and paramilitary organization in Lebanon. Hezbollah was established in the 1980s in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It operates a number of social services, though some countries regard it as a terrorist organization. It was responsible for the capture and killing of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, an incident that led to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War. This war, and Hezbollah's response to it, increased the organization's popularity in Lebanon among Sunni Muslims, Christians and others.
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It is, therefore, not surprising that some of the most violent terrorist groups over the last decade have also adopted names accordingly: Hizb'allah (Party of God), Aum Shinrikyo (The Supreme Truth), and Jund al-Haqq (Soldiers of Truth).
30) The formation of Lebanese Hizb'allah can be attributed to the context of the civil war and the inspiring example of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution in Iran.
56) The Lebanese Hizb'allah movement in particular, was very useful to the Iranian regime in achieving these ends.
Looking at that phenomenon, plus Israel's failure to effectively neutralize Hizb'allah in the recent fighting in Lebanon, do you think the country is in serious danger?
I have no doubt that the Israel Defence Forces, founded in 1948 amid simultaneous attacks from five Arab armies, will take careful stock of the problems thrown up during the recent battle with Hizb'allah, learn from those problems and emerge as strong as is needed to defend the territorial integrity of Israel, and to ward off external enemies.
But it's interesting that big-shot analysts in Moscow and Beijing have concluded that, just as Hizb'allah is a useful proxy for Iran, so the broader jihad can be a useful (if unwitting) proxy for Russia and China.