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Hezbollah: The Nexus of Iran’s Influence

Hezbollah is not a passive proxy force with no political autonomy and awaiting Iranian’s orders. It is a both a Lebanese ruling political actor acting today as the main guardian of the country’s sectarian neoliberal political system, with an influence exceeding its national borders, and Teheran’s political regional influence crown jewel. Hezbollah is led by its political interests in both cases, which are connected to Teheran. The Lebanese party contributes actively to expand the Iranian regional influence, because it benefits from it as well. In this framework, Hezbollah’s actions strengthening IRI’s regional influence must be seen as a way to reinforce the Lebanese party, just as a weakened Teheran will harm the Lebanese party, and the opposite is true as well. In other words, their destinies are still strongly interlinked.