The news that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militia that controls large swathes of Lebanon, has been reduced to crowd-funding to fill its coffers is a clear indication that the Trump administration’s tough sanctions policy towards Iran is starting to pay dividends.
On Friday, Hassan Nasrallah made a direct appeal to Hezbollah supporters. Speaking on the Lebanese militant group’s TV station Al Manar, he urged them to wage “jihad with money”.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday stressed that the new Lebanese government belongs to all political factions participating in it, dismissing claims that it is dominated by Hezbollah. “I don't deny that Hezbollah's presence and influence in the new government is larger and greater than before, but this does not make it a Hezbollah government,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.