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Ending Hezbollah's Stranglehold Over Lebanon

By Daniel Cohen & Liron Shilo -

Current circumstances present a significant opportunity to rehabilitate Lebanon by isolating Hezbollah.


Since Mid-October, Lebanese protesters have been calling for a political reform to deal with the economic crisis. Recently the protests turned violent, with clashes between security forces and protesters and attacks by Hezbollah and Amal affiliates on the protesters.

Lebanon has designated a new prime minister, Hassan Diab, whose candidacy was proposed by Hezbollah. Having been chosen by Hezbollah, Diab’s appointment reveals the challenges to form an inclusive Cabinet able to gain the international community’s trust and unlock the needed financial assistance.  


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