Hezbollah To Benefit From Iran Deal
Kerry and Obama have given carte blanche to the Iranians.
Via The Daily Caller
If the Obama administration goes through with its plan to lift economic sanctions against Iran, it will free up funding for Iran’s favorite terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.
The Lebanese Shiite terror organization emerged after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. From the beginning, Hezbollah received funding and training from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The group has launched many high profile attacks, including the 1983 bombing of U.S. barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Marines.
Iran invests up to $200 million a year in Hezbollah, according to a report from 2013.
Since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, Hezbollah has become deeply involved in supporting its ally, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Syria is a vital land link between the Lebanese organization and Iran. Combined with Iranian spending cuts, this has taken a financial toll on Hezbollah.
So it’s no surprise the group’s leaders are hailing last week’s announcement of an agreed upon framework for a nuclear deal as a win: Lifting economic sanctions against Iran will free up funding for Hezbollah, according to David Schenker, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
“The Iranian nuclear deal is a victory for the right, fortitude and the will of free peoples and the resistance plan led by Iran, Islam and the rejection of subordination to the West,” said Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem.
“There is a global recognition of Iran as a member of the nuclear club,” said Nawar Sahli, a Hezbollah lawmaker in the Lebanese parliament, The Daily Star reports.[…]
As President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seek to present the framework in a positive light at home, they have set conflicting timelines for sanctions relief. Obama said it will occur as Iran adheres to the deal, but Rouhani announced that the sanctions will be lifted immediately after an agreement is reached.[…]
The Department of State has considered Iran a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.