On Monday, Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem announced that his organization and its allies won almost all seats they had contested in 80 municipalities out of 143 in the Bekaa Valley.
“It was a complete victory,” said Qassem of the outcome of the votes in the historic city of Ba’albek and the major town of Brital, which is located along the Syria border.
Qassem said that opponents, mainly represented in a list backed by prominent families, secured seats in only six towns in the area.
“The Bekaa region has succeeded in breaking the obstruction that has plagued the state and was able to successfully complete the electoral process,” Qassem said, adding that he hoped that presidential and parliamentary elections would follow.
“It is enough that the municipalities were a part of the resistance and we are ready to give it whatever it needs,” Qassem added.
The results represent a major boost for Hizbullah’s base of support in the east of Lebanon as the resistance group has been fighting against foreign insurgency both in the area and across the border despite criticism by political rivals. Hizbullah says its contribution to Syria’s anti-terror fight is necessary to prevent a spillover of the militancy into Lebanon.
In May 2015, J.J. Goldberg, editor-in-chief, The Jewish Daily Forward reported that an Israeli military panel headed by deputy chief of staff Gen. Yair Golan claimed that Hizbullah posed much greater threat to the Zionist entity than a nuclear Iran.
Stephane Cohen at The Tower, Daniel Pipes at the Middle East Quarterly and AIPAC also cried wolf over Hizbullah military and political power along occupied Palestine border.
“Iranian support for Hezbollah is essentially non-governmental,” wrote professor Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, but it does come from the highest levels of the state. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini himself directly helps to fund the organization, as detailed by Hezbollah’s representative in Iran, Abdallah Safieddine, and Hassan Nasrallah, the group’s leader. “The party’s direct financial relationship with Khomeini explains why it remains largely unaffected by changes of government in Iran,” Saad-Ghorayeb explains.