Hezbollah, twenty years of resistance and victory
|Friday, August 18,2006 00:00|
While the Israeli occupation persists in invading Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Islamic resistance (IR) proved that not only they can stand and face the Israeli occupation troops, but also make the Israelis suffer the same experience they repeatedly made the Arabs and Muslims suffer in Lebanon and Palestine nowadays, or in Egypt, Jordon and Syria in the past. This experience is to be horribly terrified of bombs or Katiousha missiles lest it may demolish your house.
This war- which lasted for eight days today- proved that Hezbollah and the Islamic resistance- though their limited capabilities- can resist. It caused the Israeli army gross casualties, such as the destruction of their battleship and airship, and dozens of rocket missiles on
Hezbollah actually exists in an active way in the Lebanese political arena since 20 years, the military resistance to the Israeli existence in
Who are Hezbollah? What about the origin, structure, internal institutions, relation with
We will tackle the following topics in the report:
* The origin and development of Hezbollah
* The reasons of success in resistance
The existence of Hezbollah in
Hezbollah party issued a statement in
The majority of the party is Shiite Lebanese who are ideologically affiliated to
The party was instituted in an atmosphere of military resistance of the Israeli occupation in
The party’s orientations
Hassan Nasrollah says that the party cares for the destination and future of
Though having secret activities, the party declared some of its organizational bodies which regulate its work, for example:
- Leadership authority
- Political council
- Planning council
- Parliament bloc
- Executive groups
- Advisory institutions
The decisions are made by the majority of votes within these institutions. The consultative council is the supreme organizational authority, because it is made up of 12 members responsible for following up economical and social fields.
Secretaries of the party
Muhammad Hussein Fadlollah is the real founder of Hezbollah, because he had Da’wa (call) activity among the Shiite in the south, which encouraged the people to sympathize with the party, which was founded in 1982 and officially declared in 1985.
The first secretary general of the party was Sheikh Sobhi Attofaili, who assumed the position from 1989 till 1991, but he was compelled to resign, because the party refused his declaration of a unilateral civil disobedience of the Lebanese government, he was followed by Sheikh `Abbas al-Mosawi, who stayed in this position only for nine months, because of being assassinated by Israel in 1992, then the party has been led by Sheikh Hassan Nasrollah.
Hezbollah presented services for the people, especially in southern
- "Building Jihad" foundation was instituted in1988, included many engineers, technicians and workers. It specialized in digging wells and preparing educational courses in agriculture and veterinary.
- The Islamic Health authority had 47 branches in all the country and the south, in addition to
- The non- interest loan society was founded in1982 to provide the needy with loans without interests.
- Islamic beneficiary support society was founded in 1987, to help achieve self- sufficiency for families, and caring the orphans, disabled, and widows.
- Martyr association caring and providing education to the families of the martyrs.
- Islamic institution for education was founded in 1993 to build new schools in different places in
- Authority for supporting the Islamic resistance to collect donations for the resistance, hold symposiums, and shows to spread the awareness about the importance of resistance.
The party has important sports, cultural, and informational institutions, such as Imam Khomeini center, Al’hd magazine, and Al-Manar TV channel, which managed to attract a wide range of the audience, it also carried out a live broadcast for Hezbollah’s operations against Israel.
Thought and programs
Hezbollah differs between thought and political platform; they say that the political idea doesn’t expire due to the incompatible political reality, such as the idea of establishing an Islamic state, Hassan Nasrollah said "our vision about the Islamic state is different from that of Taliban in Afghanistan; the idea of the Islamic state is present at the political thought level, as for the platform, the Lebanese characteristics don’t support this idea. The hopeful Islamic state should come out of public support, now we can’t establish it nowadays, because it needs security."
Hezbollah has a distinguished relation with
Hezbollah considers the Syrian existence is important for both
We find that both policy and religion are intermingled in the relation between Hezbollah and
Though all political and financial support the party receives from
The military operations
Hezbollah is different from other Lebanese parties, because of its military operations, which helped him actually get out of theorization to practice and gave it popularity and legitimacy in
One of its operations against
The military operations of Hezbollah against Israel caused great damage ranges between 22 and 23 annual killings, besides a big number of injured and prisoners. The party’s sources indicate that the average of military operations done by Hezbollah from 1989 till 1991 mounted 292, and from 1992 till 1994 mounted 465 and from 1995 till 1997 mounted 936, the Islamic resistance- the military wing of Hezbollah- carried out 736 operations.
As for the Israeli sources, they indicate that
Hezbollah used the guerrillas and martyrdom operations, which usually used explosives, ambushes, guns and Katiousha missiles, the famous weapon used by the party against
The military resistance of Hezbollah is marked by accuracy in determining the targets, sudden action and secure pullback after the operations, in addition to a well- trained investigation body. The most famous operation of the party was "Anssariah" battle in 1997, when they induced a helicopter with 16 Israeli worriers onboard and destroyed them all.
Hezbollah and politics
Hezbollah has a great role in policy since the agreement of Atta’ef in 1990, which the party approved except for some terms. The party stood siding with the opposition, in its first parliamentary elections in 1992, it wan 12 seats, which was the biggest number a bloc can obtain individually. It also participated in 1996 elections. In the current parliament, it has 8 serious members, who propose new platforms and deep researches to be discussed. The party seeks to form a political bloc to exert pressure on the others. It participated in syndicates’ elections, especially doctors and engineers’ syndicates, as well as students and workers unions.
Through its political practice, the party tried to apply Islamic principles through persuasion and dialogue, rejecting violence as a means to be empowered. It calls for intercultural communication and refuses clash of civilizations theory, that’s why it’s a good role in holding dialogues between it and the Christian religious figures, tries to coordinate with the national and leftist trends, and doesn’t object to participate in the cabinet.
Hezbollah after withdrawal
Many questions arose about the future of Hezbollah after the Israeli pullout from the south; will it dismantle the military wing? The party always replies that it won’t give up weapon or military resistance, except in one case, i.e. the liberation of all Lebanon- denoting to Sheb’a farmlands, which are still under the Israeli occupation- and the release of all the Arab prisoners, including Sheikh Abdul- Kareem ’Ebeid and Sheikh al-Derani, from the Israeli prisons.
The political and social work of the party is superior to the military activity, so it can suffice with policy- if it decides. It seems that it will go on military actions till
Resistance success reasons
1-Independence and secrecy:
Unlike the traditional resistance, the IR since its emergence until now has not participated in operations against the occupation with any other party. It does not want the ideological harmony, lest it might be penetrated by the enemy, when political and ideological trends vary, it will be difficult to be controlled or ruled, as what happened with the past resistance advocates, (especially the Palestinian), which suffered much assassinations because of these security penetrations.
2- The expansion of resistance base:
Because of tending to carry out its operations without any coordination with other military platoons, the IR has been accused of monopolizing the resistance for political reasons, and the negligence of the other sides, such as steadfastness and social development which complete the military side in the resistance.
The IR managed to refute these accusations and opened the door for participation of the non- Muslim forces for facing the occupation, although it did not abandon its special systematic, security and military principles.
In 3 November1997, Hassan Nasrollah declared that the resistance will form "the
Neither disproving the accusation of resistance monopoly nor preserving the military and security systematical framework, the reason of forming these brigades without restricting any Islamic idea; but the real motive was to broaden the participation for facing the enemy, especially within the
* To dedicate the struggle case against the enemy and to liberate the land.
* To face the normalization.
* To abort the enemy attempts to have a legitimate entity in the region.
* To create a great Islamic, national and international idea including all powers, leaders, social classes, religious thoughts and intellectual, cultural and political beliefs.
3- Using the new developed means of fighting:
The IR used the guerrilla warfare, i.e. the new groups which launch sudden attacks against the enemy patrols and fortifications; or implant mines and ambushes on its way.
The resistance succeeded in presenting different and distinguished experiment concerning the political, informational and security levels, the important features are:
a- The variation of tactics and operations:
The IR did not depend on one tactic in the confrontation; waiting the enemy on roads, amid of forests or smashing its positions in the far villages, in addition to launching wide operations against more than one location of enemy. It managed to dominate many places for long hours, destroy it and occasionally capture the included persons.
b- Developing the high intelligences abilities:
The IR succeeded in developing high standard intelligence abilities helped it observe the move of the enemy soldiers and agents, besides the severe direct losses through ambushes or explosions inside and outside the occupied strip till the Israeli borders. As a result, the suspicions and questions were raised within the security and military Israeli society to investigate the degree of Hezbollah penetration to these places and agents, especially after the failure of the last trial of Israeli airdrop in "Anssariah" territory beside the beach in the south Lebanon in (4/9/1997), in which all elite soldiers were killed; they were about15 Israeli, and the resistance retained some their remains which were exchanged by the corpses of 40 martyrs including 30 affiliated to the IR; and this was the first time for Israel to face this kind of failure in similar operations.
c- Psychological warfare and military media:
IR depended on the modern material and psychological ways in the influence operations on the civil public opinion and military among the soldiers. The resistance managed to form a secret body, named (military media), its members submit to a special military, ideological and technical course include the direct shooting of most operations against the occupation soldiers and agents, and filming the operation of breaking into the sites and fixing its banners above the fortifications. The resistance resorted to broadcast media traps to the enemy, for example it published a videotape about the steps of breaking into "B’ir kelab" site on 27/2/198-98; but the leader of Israeli liaison detachment - Irez Gorstein claimed that the resistance did not enter the site, then it published another one included the details of storming into the site, the entry of soldiers and the raising of the banners above its fortifications; the informational trick was repeated with the "al Dabsha" site in 12/5/1998, and "Hadatha" in 2/7/1998. On another level and in varied occasions, the resistance arranged the visits of media persons, municipal chiefs and governors to its site, as it used the internet to spread the news of its operations and different messages all over the world. Al Manar TV (one of resistance mass media, in addition to al Nour radio) specified a page on the web itself concerned with the IR news, and including texts about the resistance and its operation in Arabic and English. These new techniques in filming are the first in
4- Facing the enemy and appeasing the country:
The resistance avoided the clashes and lateral battles with the institutions, the military and political movements in
Despite the clash with the other movements (like Amal movement principally), it still exceptional and did not change the resistance choice to redirect its aims against the enemy soldiers and agents. Who looks at the situation of anarchy and difference among the institutions in Palestinian and Lebanese parties before and after the Israeli overrun in 1982, realize how this strategy choice formed a principal factor in keeping the resistance and its progression, in addition to the national gathering around it.
5- Liquidating the agents:
The resistance exerted intensive efforts to captures the militias working for
The occupation forces besieged the al- Naqora harbor to stop the escape of the agents, in addition to the direct military strikes against them. The resistance resorted to the encouragement ways through instigating them to escape, and through what was called "opening the door of repentance" for who want to present him self to the Lebanese authorities or the resistance. It also proposed a plan concerning this respect in the Lebanese parliament. These intensive efforts, in 1998, resulted in the withdrawal of the agents from Gazeen in 1999.
6- Using the means of mobilization:
After the overrun of 1982, the stage of comprehensive occupation, which included most of Lebanese lands in addition to
After the partial withdrawal in 1986 to the border strip parallel to the borders with the Zionist entity, the resistance confined to the military operations excluding the mass crowd, but it moved speedily to wide media mobilization towards the Lebanese public opinion with its different ideas through its TV channel al Manar, al Nour radio and weekly al `Ahd newspaper to spread the operations news and top officials speeches as well as the political, cultural and religious guidance and the occupation’s history, crimes and massacres.
The mobilization and gathering means, which were used in the first stage of facing the occupation, i.e. between 1982 and 1986, were in the occupied territories, and had a religious characteristics in an environment in which religion was the main element in forming its identity and history.
The resistance benefited from the religious mobilization atmosphere, which rejects the occupation and calls for facing the occupation. Most of scholars in mosques and some times in the villages promoted these calls even before the emergence of the IR or the declaration of its existence and identity.
In May, 1983, the first mass protest was in one of the villages of the occupied South (Jibsheet) because of the arrest of Raghib Harb, and then it included the neighboring villages, which compelled the occupation authorities to set him free, but was assassinated several months later, so the demonstrations covered all Lebanon, the village Imams directed the people for demos and blocking the villages entries with burning tires and stones, in addition to facing the trials of breaking into the villages. After every wave of protest, the extended meeting of scholars’ authority was held to issue a statement concerning the developments which determine the coming steps. In al Jum’a (Friday) speeches, the Sheikhs called for boycotting the Israeli goods, which prevailed the markets, in addition to confronting all who handle with the enemy and facing the enemy projects of villages union. These situations were repeated during the agreement of 17 may 1984 with
Under the atmosphere of religious mobilization which recalled the history of the Islamic martyrs, Imam al Hussein, standing against injustice and the supreme martyr position, until the Jihad history in the mountain of `Amel (south
Israel Army Photo
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