Aug 14, 2017, 2:18 PM
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Lebanon's Hezbollah a global player: Analyst

Tehran, Aug 14, IRNA – Leabanon's Hezbollah's victory in the 33-day war over the Zionist regime of Israel changed the Lebanese Resistance from a small group into a globally-known establishment, a Middle East expert said.

Secretary of the Society in Defense of the Palestinian Nation (SDPN) Ahmad Reza Rouhollahzad in an exclusive interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said that the occupying regime of Israel in the 33-day war with Lebanese Hezbollah was in pursuit of many purposes, but despite being considered as the major power in the region, the Israeli army failed in achieving their goals and had to retreat from southern Lebanon as an all-out defeat.

The 33-day war started in July 12, 2006 with Israel's aggression on Lebanon soil, and ended with the UN Security Council resolution 1701 in August 14, 2006.

Thousands of homes of the Lebanese were destroyed by the Israeli forces and more than 1,000 civilians were killed. Some 162 Israelis, including 119 soldiers, were also killed during the fighting.

'One can mention numerous reasons for Hezbollah's victory, including planning the war operation based on a good understanding of the battlefield, applying the asymmetric war pattern aimed at neutralizing privileges of the Zionist enemy, intensive shelling against Israeli cities, psychological war management by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as well as its forces' strong commitment in fighting the enemy,' the analyst said.

'Hezbollah managed to devise an innovative war style and made the Zionist forces, as the 5th powerful army of the world, to succumb; the task that Arab states could not manage became a significant achievement of the Islamic Resistance,' the expert added.

'Those opposed to Hezbollah Resistance, in order to pressure the movement to dismantle it, dispatched Takfiri terrorists to Syira, as the linking chain of the Resistance axis, since the Zionist regime assumed that destroying the gold link would eradicate the resistance in the whole region. So they waged the Syrian war,' Rouhollahzad argued.

Syrian crisis started in 2011 with some regional states supporting extremist groups. It has left hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians dead and millions displaced.

'Since the 33-Day War, Hezbollah has been turned into a regional and global establishment from a small group, and now it is playing a significant role in region and the world,' according to the political expert.

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