Hezbollah

Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed terrorist network that poses a direct threat to American interests and Israel, and dominates the Lebanese government.

Designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States since 1995, Hezbollah has killed more Americans than any terrorist group other than al-Qaida. In October 1983, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, which claimed the lives of 241 American servicemen.

Hezbollah Threatens Israel.

Posing an imminent threat to Israel, Hezbollah is situated along Israel's northern border, in Beirut's suburbs, and throughout the Bekaa Valley. The group supports Palestinian terrorists and has launched dozens of attacks against Israel since it withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

On July 12, 2006, Hezbollah attacked an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) patrol killing eight soldiers and kidnapping two, provoking a bloody 34-day war. Ten years on, the northern border is relatively quiet, but Hezbollah has been diligently expanding and preparing itself for future conflict with the Jewish state. Today, the terrorist group has become the preeminent political power in Lebanon with a military arsenal stronger than many sovereign states. 

Hezbollah is a Potent Fighting Force.

  • Hezbollah’s ranks now number over 20,000, of whom thousands are now battle-tested from fighting on behalf of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war;
  • Concurrently, the terrorist group has amassed a bigger and more destructive weapons stockpile that now includes between 120,000 and 150,000 rockets and missiles;
  • Several thousand long- and medium-range munitions have sophisticated guidance systems that support pinpoint targeting—every Israeli city, town and military installation is now within reach; and
  • In a future conflict, Hezbollah could launch well over 1,500 rockets per day (compared with 120 per day in 2006).

Talking Points

  1. Hezbollah is a major terrorist threat. 
    U.S. officials describe Hezbollah as the most technically capable terrorist organization. Centered in Lebanon, Hezbollah targets U.S. allies and interests in the Middle East and across the world.

  2. Hezbollah acts as an Iranian proxy. 
    Hezbollah acts as a proxy in Iran’s efforts to destroy Israel and was founded as an organization dedicated to Israel’s “obliteration.”

  3. Hezbollah has amassed more than 150,000 rockets.
    Hezbollah now has an arsenal of more than 150,000 rockets. Primarily stored in schools, mosques, hospitals and communities, Hezbollah is positioned to attack all major Israeli population centers at a moment’s notice.